Not only do garden arches add structure, but they introduce hints of colour and perfumed notes, and more importantly, can transform any garden into a beautiful floral haven.
With an extensive range of designs and sizes in both wood and metal, there’s something to suit all tastes and budgets, and even the smallest of gardens can benefit from one. Sue Fisher, horticulturalist of 35 years and BBC Gardeners’ World writer has teamed up with Husqvarna to share her expertise on the different styles of garden arches for your outdoor space.
Decorative metal arch
Shapely yet strong, metal arches come in a wide choice of sizes and styles. Designs with an open framework are great for growing roses, as the thorny stems can be easily trained and tied into place. Those with lattice sides are perfect for climbers with a scrambling habit, like clematis – the aptly named ‘queen of climbers.’
Cottage-garden wooden arch
For an old-fashioned and romantic look, pair a simple arch design with climbers that bear colourful blooms in abundance. Scented climbers like honeysuckle, jasmine and roses are perfect for arches, as the blooms project their perfume just at the right height.
Contemporary wooden arch
Wood lends itself to a range of arch styles, particularly contemporary designs. You should choose a size in keeping with your garden; for instance, wide or long arches look best in large spaces. Try pairing this design with a bold climber, such as wisteria. Its big leaves and dangling racemes of fragrant flowers complement this style best.
An arch hand-crafted from natural materials is both pretty and stylish. And best of all, it only take a few minutes to put in place! To add some bucolic charm to your garden, try one which is made from woven willow and hazel. This style of arch will only support dainty, lightweight climbers, such as sweet peas.
When there’s no room to go outwards, go upwards! Even the smallest space can be transformed with a vertical feature. This clever wall arch design can be easily fixed to a building, wall or fence.
Wreathed in flowers and foliage, these arches turn bare, bleak spots into enchanting openings. They also make a great place to enjoy some shade and privacy.
Arch with integral planters
This style of arch offers the perfect solution to creating height, structure, and planting space where soil is scarce. Why not use this type of arch to grow a combination of vibrant vegetables and edible flowers? Position it close to your home and you could create both a feast for the eyes and the dinner table.
Now pick your favourite plant pairing from the flower wheel to bring your garden arch to life
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