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Arches Priced to Make you Smile
Smiles Woodcraft based in Wiltshire offer a very wide range of timber products and hand make all of them to order - but they are not as expensive as you might think and delivery is usually within 10 days. In fact they are very reasonably priced. Here are a couple of their garden arch products:
Flat Top Wooden Arch £49.95
A classic flat top arch with trellis side panels. It's made from pressure treated wood and although it's self assembly, it only requires 4 screws to put together! Delivery cost is £15 to most UK mainland addresses which makes it really good value. More...
Circular Arch £209.99
This one is a little bit more expensive but still represents great value for a UK made arch that is a little unusual in design. It is 2 metres wide and almost 2 metres tall so it's a good size for most applications. Delivery cost is £30 to most UK mainland addresses. More...
Garden arches can be quite versatile little structures. Not only do they make a great focal point within your garden or outdoor space, but they can also add height to a flat area or provide a wonderful scented walkthrough, and they can be highly practical too. Here are 5 top buys available at the moment. [More...]
The Huntingdon Arch has Integrated Planters
It's a stylish metal arch finished in on-trend gunmetal grey and has some nice simple detailing on the side panels.
What sets it apart though, are the two integrated planter boxes either side, which of course are in the same colour and style as the main arch.
At over 1 metre wide between the posts, the arch itself is a good size and the planters themselves are 50cm square. After being unavailable for a while, it is now in stock again at Greenfingers.
More info: Huntingdon Metal Arch with Planters
A Garden Arch for Crossroads
If you've been looking for an archway to sit across an intersection of two paths, you'll know they are hard to find. However, this new arch metal from Harrod Horticultural could be just the thing.
Their Bisecting Arch is 1.5 metres square and 2.5 metres tall (not including the 40cm that fits into the ground) so it's a good size. Being made from strong galvanised steel it'll stand up to the elements well and there's a 10 year guarantee if it doesn't!
It would also make an interesting and unusual standalone feature.
Read More: Harrod Bisecting Arch
If you are looking for a wide garden arch - say over 1.5 metres, then you'll know it's a difficult task. The standard width of the openings on garden arches seems to be around 1 metre on average. But fear not, we have looked around and come up with this excellent list of extra wide garden arches! [More...]
New Column Arch from Agriframes
There are 3 widths available, from 1.5 metres up to 3 metres and you can easily join multiple arches together to form a colonnade style walkway.
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The Large Ultima Arch Really Measures Up
If you are considering a wide wooden arch, then look no further than the Forest Garden Large Ultima Pergola Arch. It's unusually wide for a wooden archway at 2.1 metres between the posts and with a 2.7 metre overall span.
It's constructed from chunky timbers and there are lattice side panels which add a touch of elegance as well as being helpful to your climbing plants.
If you like this arch but it's too wide then try its little brother, the standard Ultima Pergola Arch which is 1.28 metres between the posts. Other extra wide arches in wood and metal are available from just £20.
Read More: Large Ultima Pergola Arch
The Oregon is Solid Stuff!
If you are after a truly solid metal arch that can stand it's ground even in windy conditions, then look no further than the Oregon arch from GAP Garden Products. It's really popular at the moment and it's not difficult to see why.
It's made right here in the UK from 13mm solid steel bar and weighs in at a hefty 17kg. Furthermore, it is powder coated black with a hammered finish so it is ready for whatever the elements can throw at it! Comes supplied with 6 lattice panels which simply clip on.
It's over 2 metres tall and 1.5 metres wide, and an optional 6 bar tunnel kit will allow you to chain arches together. GAP make a number of other solid metal arches.
New Whitby Arch Celebrates Town's Heritage
Inspired by the whalebone arch on Whitby seafront, this unique design features chunky slatted side panels that overlap at the top just like the Whitby monument.
It's wide too at 1.4 metres between the posts so is ideal for spanning a path or bench, and is also available in two depths - 76cm and 150cm.
More Details: Forest Garden Whitby Arch
New Moon Gate Arch from Harrod
It has an attractive circular shape which is ideal if you are looking for something slightly unusual. It is very large at 2.5metres wide and 2.3metres tall, and there are 3 depths available: 0.6metres, 1.05metres and 1.55metres.
It is designed to be installed directly into soil (an extra 40cm is added to the height to allow this) but optional mounting sockets are available if you want to fix it to hard ground or concrete.
Like all Harrod arches it is built to last, and is constructed from thick, galvanised steel backed up by a 10 year framework warranty.
READ MORE: Harrod Moon Gate Arch
Harrod Horticultural, makers of popular garden arches (all of which are RHS endorsed) have just announced their Superior range of greenhouses. Available in three contemporary colours, these elegant, aluminium framed structures are built to be serious working greenhouses and come with a 25 year framework guarantee. [More...]
New Modern Arches from Grange Fencing
Leading garden structures and fencing company, Grange, has just unveiled two new collections of garden items, both of which include timber arches with some rather striking modern looks.
The Contemporary Arch consists of a seamless slatted panel design that flows around this curved top archway, yet remains ideal for climbing plants to thrive. Matching planters and fence panels allow you to continue this up-to-date look throughout your garden.
The Urban Arch is quite the opposite and it's clean, sharp lines and unusual side panel design are bang up to date. It will particularly appeal to the more minimalist gardener, and matching screen panels will allow you to zone off a private, relaxation area.
Garden Arches for Walls
Wall arches or half arches, call them what you will - all we know is that they are very difficult to find! We are always getting enquiries for them, now we've extended our search and found a couple of great examples - and both are reasonably priced too at around £80-£100.
Agriframes Wall Arch
This arch from Agriframes is quite substantial and is available in a variety of widths from 1.2 metres to a massive 3.6 metres. Competitively priced too, it even has an optional infill pack in an attractive honeycomb design.
Annette recently emailed us about her purchase of this arch: "It was really easy to put together ... We were getting approving comments from passers-by even before we'd finished ... if it looks this good now, it will look stunning once the climbing plants that we've put in start to grow."
Siena Cambridge Arch
The Cambridge arch by Siena is a little bit more than a half arch in size, and includes some nice ornate scrollwork. We think this would be a great idea to brighten up a dull alleyway along the side of your house.
New Vintage Metal Arch from Ascalon
A new metal arch by Ascalon deserves a closer look for a number of reasons. Firstly, it's available in two colours - classic cream white or antiqur rusty brown. It features an unusual curved top design which makes it stand out from other metal arches. It also comes supplied with spikes to help anchor the arch in soft ground, and the arch also comes ready assembled.
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The Atlas Arch is Always Popular
At 2.8 metres tall and almost 1.5m metres between the posts it's a good size and the trellis style side panels are great for climbing plants. The legs are designed to be sunk 50cm into the ground making for quite a stable installation.
Priced at around £90 including free UK delivery from Garden Street it represents great value.
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New Super Wide Metal Arch
Harrod Horticultural have just announced a new addition to their range of arches - the Ellipse. This arch has a flatter, gently curved top section. This design works especially well over wider spans - and the Ellipse excels here.
There are 5 widths available, from 1.5 metres wide right up to 3.5 metres - wide enough to drive your car through!
Read More: Harrod Ellipse Arch
Vintage Wire Arches from Harrod
It is available in two finishes - a traditional black powder coated finish, or a more unusual natural rust. This one is supplied in degreased plain steel which quickly develops an even rust coating.
There are 3 widths and heights available, from 1.2 metres wide and 2.2 metres tall to a 2m wide, 2.6m tall giant! If that's not enough, Harrod offer a bespoke made to measure service if you need a particular custom size.
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Rowlinson Round Top
Our thanks to Christopher Peck, a visitor to our site who just sent in a review of his recently purchased Rowlinson Round Top Arch. This is classic curved top wooden arch with trellis side panels and Christopher was so impressed that he may buy another!
"Very elegant sturdy arch and good value for money. Arch can be a little akward to fit as pre drilled holes not in correct position and screwing in can be a challenge. However this was easily remedied with a drill-and a bit of cursing!"
"I must add that the literature advises that two people are required to assemble and erect the arch but I managed it on my own. Very pleased with the result and already considering purchasing a second as it really looks good and very elegant."
Christopher Peck, August 2015
Getting to the Point with Gothic Arches
A gothic arch is one of the most popular styles for a metal arch with a wide range to choose from at all price levels. But did you know there are actually two types of gothic arch?
Traditional Gothic Arch
A traditional gothic arch has gently sloping slides culminating in a simple point - very much like the shape of a church window and this shape dates back to Gothic architecture of the late medieval period.
We've only found two arches that feature this shape, the GAP Gothic Metal Arch and the Harrod Gothic Metal Arch. Both are superbly constructed from heavyweight steel and the Harrod arch comes in various widths up to 2.5 metres.
Ogee Gothic Arch
A more widely available style of gothic arch is the Ogee, which consists of a double curve rising to a sharp point. This is sometimes also referred to as a Venetian arch owing to it's popularity in that city.
There are a number of such arches available for under £50, including the ever popular Gardman Gothic Arch, and the Gardman Versailles shown here. For more heavy duty ogee arches, again both GAP and Harrod offer a number of products.
Harrod Literally Have a Range of Wide Arches!
Finding an extra wide metal garden arch, say over 2 metres wide, is easier said than done. However, one company that steps up to the mark is Harrod Horticultural.
They manufacture their own garden arches (and many other items besides) right here in the UK and use only high grade, extra strong steel.
Not only can most of their arches be supplied in widths up to 2.5 metres or even 3 metres for the Roman arch, but they can even build an arch to your own size!
If you need a really wide or tall arch then we think their range is definitely worth a look. All their arches are RHS endorsed and come with a 10 year guarantee. In fact, there are many Roman Arches installed at Wisley Gardens in Surrey.
In addition, a Roman Arch was recently featured on the BBC programme, Kew On a Plate, in which top chef Raymond Blanc designed a kitchen garden that included a number of arches.
Until the end of the year, Harrod are offering 10% off all arches with code ARC10.
Back to Nature with Gardman
Gardman have a number of nicely detailed metal arches at the moment, but their Nature arch is particularly attractive and part of a 10 part range of garden items.
The side panels of this tubular iron archway are decorated with motifs of leaves and birds. It's also finished in a pleasing dark brown colour.
There are other matching products in the Nature range including hanging basket brackets, planters and trellis panels so you can get a nice coordinated effect in your garden.
Like all Gardman arches it's flat-packed but easily assembled, and it's very well priced too. Worth a look if you are on a budget but want something more than a basic black metal arch.
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The Sweet Pea Garden Arch
The flower design on the side is eyecatching and yet still provides plenty of opportunities for climbing plants to get a hold.
Despite the name, any climbing plants will love this one, and at around £40 with only £3 for delivery you'll love the price too!
New White-Grey Metal Arch
All products in the Loire range feature some lovely ornate scrollwork, and are finished in a distressed white-grey colour which makes a nice change from the usual black.
More details on the Gardman Loire Metal Arch
The Classic Wrenbury Metal Arch
This popular Wrenbury arch is made by long established garden experts Rowlinson and features some very nice latticework on the sides and particularly the top. This makes it rather more ornate and detailed than other arches in this price range, and gives it an interesting oriental look.
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New Low Price Metal Arch from Gardman
The attractive Versailles metal garden arch from Gardman is now available at a new low price. Finished in a dark copper/anthracite colour it has a fine mesh on the side panels which make it ideal for longer stemmed as well as normal climbing plants. The top section is formed into a classic gothic arch.
Available now from Amazon for around £50 it represents good value from an established manufacturer.
Read more about the Gardman Versailles Metal Archway
Turning Japanese - Get the Oriental Look
Here are two wooden garden arches sporting a distinctly Japanese design, that would suit not only an oriental style setting but would look great in any space. Both are priced around £80 so are great value too and made from sustainably sourced timber.
Greenfingers Japanese Style Arch
This arch really has cracked the Japanese look with the triangular top and of course those circular side 'windows'. It is made from high quality fir and is easily put together.
More details on the Greenfingers Japanese Style Arch
Greenfingers Premier Arch
This wooden arch has an unusual side design that has both diamond trellis and vertical bars that is not only visually striking but also gives climbing plants plenty of chances to get established.
More details on the Greenfingers Premier Arch
Garden arches: all you need to know
Here is a quick summary version of our exclusive buyers guide - read the full version here
Why buy a garden arch?
An archway can add height to a flat garden and provides an ideal home for colourful and fragrant climbing plants. A well-placed arch can also divide a garden into separate areas or, in conjunction with hedges or fencing, screen off utility areas such as washing lines or bins.
Metal or wooden garden arches?
Wooden arches tend to be more suited to traditional settings, and their natural timber construction blends in well. The timber is usually pressure treated to protect against rot, and they are usually of a green of brown colour. Trellis side panels are popular, as is the rustic effect made with rounded larch poles.
Metal arches are more contemporary are are well suited to more urban situations. Most metal arches for gardens are plain steel or painted black and can range from simple designs to those with very ornate detailing. Side panels can sometimes be trellis style but often they are open. Some galvanised steel frames can easily be painted any colour you like.
In their most basic form arbours are simply garden archways but with a fixed seat under the arch. They can be metal or wooden. Wooden arbours tend to be more enclosed are therefore more suited to the variable British weather. Often supplied in a natural finish, wooden arbours can be painted in bright or heritage shades to blend in with their surroundings.
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