This obviously won’t be the fastest way to get shade, but down the road you will be grateful for the patience you had in planting those trees. Trees will not only give you shade, but they also provide privacy, invite birds, and are good for the environment. Tree Hugger says that the Hybrid Poplar is one of the most recommended fast growing shade trees. For more ideas on which shade trees to plant visit their website.
2. Fabric Pergola
This pergola is actually a DIY project. You can get creative and do it yourself, or find one to buy. Pergolas are an excellent source of shade and class for your back yard. At night when the sun is down they provide a cozy atmosphere to enjoy the warm summer nights. To get the tutorial for this pergola visit J and B Marvin.
3. Covered Patio
Gives you shade, and also protects your patio furniture from weather conditions. This gorgeous covered patio I found from Kennary.
4. Canopy Tents
You can have a permanent one, or get portable pop-up tents. Either way these are a great idea to add some shade to your backyard party. This tent I found on eBay.
The nice thing about this kind of screen is that it can go up, or down. Only have it around when you need it! This motorized patio screen is from Screen Mobile.
6. DIY Fabric Canopy
Simple, but effective. All you need is some durable fabric and something to hang it on. I got this idea from 2 Boys 1 Girl and a Crazy Mom.
7. Privacy Fence
Depending on the location of the fence, and how tall it is this can bring in some added shade to your yard. This beautiful fence is from Landscaping Network.
8. Tree House
This gives your kids a shady place to play, and gives a good shadow into the yard. This dream treehouse is from Home Design.