The L-Shaped Pergola makes this outdoor living room really work. The room's virtual ceiling is defined by the horizontal plane of the pergola. The raised planter assist the posts of the pergola in creating the wall feeling of the outdoor room.
This is what I like. Have it go all the way to the fence, creating a natural barrier in case we ever take down the fence. All, it would ensure we have color in the view out the kitchen. Just need a nice overhang that is waterproof.