Been thinking about shade a lot this week. Since it has been a scorching 10,000 degrees every day here. At least. Trees, of course, can add really nice privacy and shade but they can also block your view and take a long time to grow up.
Which is why I am loving these two articles I stumbled on at Houzz this week: choosing the perfect umbrella (free-standing vs. table) and alternative cover methods for your patio. Some really cool ones and obviously very practical.