Dreamy arbours AND 100+ ideas
Frame your outdoor view with these classic garden structures
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smothered in lush cascading blooms, or left strictly unadorned, arches always enhance the garden view. Known also as arbours, they can be used to emphasise the division between different parts of your garden, helping to create a real sense of separate rooms. Or, they look fabulous framing a path or entranceway. Whether you go with an off-the-shelf option, or design and build something really speccy, arches will instantly elevate your outdoor scene.
1 Give a large arch star billing at your place, by growing a glorious flowering rose over it. How lovely is this garden scene, with a few pots of impatiens in matching pink and an eye-catching butterfly sculpture.
4 Crafting arches from flexible canes of willow is an age-old technique. These light structures are ideal for supporting dainty, lightweight climbers such as sweet peas. 2 Sometimes it’s all about the plant! Knock up a simple hardwood structure and then smother it completely in climbing roses – this pink beauty is ‘Maid of Kent’. Psst
– you can give an ‘arch’ a flat top if it’s going to be covered by foliage!
3 In your home food
garden, install a basic metal arch to support climbing vegetables like cucumbers or baby squash. Or, use it for summer cane fruits such as raspberries or loganberries.
5 If you scour garden antique stores, you might just uncover a gem like this fabulous wrought-iron creation. And borrow the idea of a hanging lantern – just perfect for lighting on a summer evening.
Essential garden architecture, arches and arbours add structure and elegance
6 Give an enclosed garden a romantic entry with a traditional timber archway, complete with finials and lattice side walls – dreamy! 7 Consider using an arch as a standalone architectural feature. Note how this one completely transforms the scene, adding height and interest, and drawing the eye down the garden path.
8 You can design an
entry arch or arbour to match the style of your home – this neo-classical timber creation echoes the architecture of the house beyond. Psst – you’ll need to call in a carpenter for something this elaborate.
9 What a cute idea for a small backyard – a narrow path of emerald lawn, a rose-covered arbour for an entrance and a weeping mulberry in a pot to draw the eye through.