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Arches & arbours

Arches & arbours

An arch or arbour is an easy-to-install feature that can benefit any garden. Either can be a wonderful focal point as well as a framework to support your favourite climbing plants. Whether you have a courtyard or an extensive plot, you have plenty of options to choose from that will transform your outside space.


Garden arches

Garden arches

An arch can create or frame an entrance and looks great over a gateway or path. Dividing screening, planting or a hedge with an archway that leads from one area to another makes a garden more interesting and accessible. You could also use an archway to create two distinctly different areas, such as an entrance to a vegetable garden leading from your flower garden.

Make the most of your archway

It's vital to choose the right arch to achieve the effect you want. If you want to be able to grow heavy climbing roses over an archway, you'll need a robust structure. Light archways are only suitable for clematis, sweet peas and light climbers. If the archway is to be positioned over a pathway, make sure it's wide enough to allow plenty of room, especially when it is draped with climbers.

To beautifully integrate your arch with your garden, leave room to plant at the base. You could also lay stepping stones through it or use it to frame a feature.


Garden arbours

Garden arbours

An arbour is not only a stunning feature point, it's somewhere to sit and enjoy your garden and offers shade and shelter. If you have a small garden, an arbour is a great way of combining a sitting area with a garden feature. With the addition of a table and chairs, it's also perfect for entertaining and dining al fresco.

Make the most of your arbour

If sun direction and space allows, positioning your arbour to face the sun and shelter you from the wind is a popular choice. Just like an archway, an arbour is a chance to showcase your favourite climbers. For paved areas or the corner of a patio, you can achieve a similar effect with pots. Plant some with evergreens such a pittosporum to give your arbour a beautiful backdrop all year round.

As this is a place to sit, think about fragrance. Drape it with honeysuckle, jasmine and roses to make it even more inviting.


Colouring your arch or arbour

Colouring your arch or arbour

An archway or arbour is easily transformed and will make a big impact on the overall look of your garden. You can create the exact look you want by preserving their natural wood or colour-treat for effect. Cream is perfect for a classic English garden style, complemented by roses. Painted black or red, it will give your garden an oriental look and feel that would work well with stones, bamboo, ferns and Japanese maples.

If you do colour your arbour or archway, coordinate with the colour of its surroundings to achieve that show garden look. If you decide to paint your arbour, paint the inside as well as the outside to ensure it looks its best.

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