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.

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