We used 6 free large tiles in the center with paving sand and stone around the edge. We plan on adding a banana tree, Elephant ears and Mexican petunias with other colorful blooms in the spring. We purchased the Pergola years ago on sale for 150.00 and we finally decided what we should do with it. It came with a tan cover we will add in the spring. I will update it once we have fully landscaped and decorated it.