The new custom fabric retractable awning is made from a screen type fabric to allow some light to come through so that the container garden plants still receive some sunlight. But, this also allows the awning to keep most of the direct sun off of the side of the house to keep it cool and reduce energy consumption. Here the awning is shown in an extended position in the evening. The screen fabric allows you to see through it. Here, you can see the roofline of the house through the fabric. LED lights were strung between the awning's supports for an evening dinner party.