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Monday 06 April 2020

Latest News, Offers, Inspiration!

Latest voucher code deals for Spring at these retailers

Here are the latest discount codes offering some great savings on garden arches.

AGRIFRAMES
Agriframes Round ArchUse code AF10AR to get a generous 10% off garden structures, including their extensive range of metal arches such as the round arch pictured here. They also have wall arches and a range of door archways too. Garden arches by Agriframes

GARDEN SELECTIONS
Kensington garden archWe're delighted to announce that we have an exclusive voucher code with Garden Selections: MORTIM10 that gives you 10% off all orders (valid until 31 Dec 2020).

Maybe you'll got for the ever popular Kensington metal arch pictured, or how about the Windsor arch with gate? Garden arches at Selections

Understated elegance: the modern garden arch

Modern garden archNew from Forest Garden is this striking wooden arch with slatted side panels and sleek anthracite grey semi-gloss finish.

Despite its contemporary design, it tasteful enough to be right at home in a traditional cottage garden just as much as a more urban setting.

For that coordinated look, Forest Garden also have slatted fence panels in the same colour and a range of slatted wooden planters (they will need painting though). Modern garden arch

The Huntingdon arch has integrated planters

Garden arch with plantersIf you are looking for a smart metal arch with integrated planters (and they are not easy to find!) then take a look at the Huntingdon.

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. Garden arch with planters

The Wrenbury is popular

Round Top Metal ArchA particularly popular arch at the moment is the Wrenbury Round Top metal arch from garden product experts Rowlinson.

Not to be confused with the original flat-top Wrenbury arch (also still available), this one has a generously sized curved top section and is finished in the same attractive gunmetal grey colour. Available now for around £130. Wrenbury Round Top Metal Arch

A 'solid' bargain if you know where to look!

Solid steel gothic archIf you are looking for a sturdy archway then you should know about Poppyforge and their solid steel arches designed and made right here in the UK and available from long-established online retailer, Greenfingers.

Solid steel gothic arch

Get 10% off high quality garden furniture

High quality garden tables and chairsIs your garden furniture looking rather forlorn this year? A lot of outdoor furniture looks good to start with but the elements soon take hold!

If you are looking to purchase new patio or garden furniture this Spring, then consider the new Southwold range of chairs, tables and benches from Harrod Horticultural.

Handcrafted right here in the UK from high grade solid steel, all items feature an attractive 'acid etch' finish and they are built to last - every product comes with a 25 year structural guarantee.

Available from April, pre-order now and use code SOUTH10 to get 10% off. Southwold at Harrod

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 few reasonably priced examples.

Wall archAgriframes 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."

Agriframes wall arch

Other wall arches

The Large Ultima arch really measures up

Wide wooden garden archIf 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. Also available in a slightly narrower version. Wide timber arch

How to fix a garden arch into the ground

We are often asked what is the proper procedure to securely fix a garden arch or arbour into the ground, so here is a quick explainer for you to ensure you get a sturdy, wobble-free structure! Continue reading

Gateway to your garden

Garden Arch with GateDeciding between an arch or a gate for your pathway? Why not have both! This black metal arch from Selections has traditional ladder style side panels and some nice scrollwork. The single gate opens inwards or outwards. Good value too.

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Over the door with Agriframes

Agriframe round porticoFrom time to time we get asked about an over-door archway so we are delighted to see that Agriframes actually offer a range of these hard-to-find products.

This particular portico (that's the official name for such an arch) follows the same round style as their popular round arch, comes supplied with lattice infill panels already welded in place. Agriframes Round Portico

Easily produce compost in just 30 days with the Hotbin

Quicker composting with the hotbinThis award winning composting bin 'cooks' suitable garden and kitchen material at up to 60 degrees Celsius to produce mulching compost in just 30 days.

Available in two sizes, the Hotbin range of composting bins work 32 times faster than traditional cold composting and there's no forking, tumbling or turning required. Continue reading

New timber arches from Harrod Horticultural

New Wooden Garden ArchesHarrod Horticultural, a company well know for their fine metal arches and garden structures, have recently launched a range of timber garden arches.

Designed and made here in the UK, the four different designs are as sturdy and well built as you'd expect, and they all come with a 20 year rot guarantee.

See the range

Screen test: Make a real statement with laser cut screen panels

Laser Cut Screen PanelsIf you want to make a real statement in your garden or outdoor space, then consider these beautifully detailed screen panels from Harrod Horticultural. Available as free-standing with posts or wall mounted in 3 stunning designs.

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Less is more with the single hoop arch

Harrod square metal archThis single hoop arch from Harrod is the minimalists choice! The elegant single arch is just 38mm thick but made from sturdy and non-corrosive aluminium.

There are 3 widths and heights available and you can also link several arches together with galvanised steel cable to make a stunning tunnel.

The design was inspired by a visit to the gardens at Raymond Blancs famous Le Manoir hotel and restuarant no less! Harrod single hoop arch

It's hip to be square

Harrod square metal archIf right angles rather than semi-circles are your thing, then take a look at this perfectly square arch by Harrod Horticultural.

It is available in a wide range of sizes between 1 and 3 metres wide, has a 10 year guarantee and you can even link multiple arches together! Harrod square metal arch

We've seen the light and it's at Kings Cross!

Arch at Coal Drops YardWhile browsing Coal Drops Yard, a new retail and events space in a former Victorian Coal Yard next to Kings Cross Station, we chanced upon this lovely installation of illuminated arches.

Located in a garden terrace on the upper level, these arches look great at night and provide some good inspiration if you are looking for ideas for on-trend modern arches for your own space. Coal Drops Yard at Kings Cross

Search for arches by any width

If you are looking for an arch that is a minimum or maximum size, you can now search in an instant!

Following some user feedback, we've now added a custom search box to the main menu on the left (mobile users: click top right for menu)

You can now search for all arches that are over or under any width you care to enter (in centimetres).

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

Harrod gothic metal archA 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 Poppyforge 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

Ogee gothic archA 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 Poppyforge and Harrod offer a number of products.

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Wide garden arches

Wide garden archesIf 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! Wide garden arches

Round up of the round tops!

Tall and elegant, garden arches with a semi-circular top section are quite popular at the moment and all the major brands have their own versions. Whether you are looking for a metal or timber one, there's bound to be one to suit your particular setting. Here is a rundown of what is available right now! Continue reading

New Whitby arch celebrates town's heritage

Whitby timber archForest Garden have just launched a striking new arch called the Whitby, that celebrates that town's important role in the whaling industry.

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. Whitby arch

Give your plants the best chance with a Harrod superior greenhouse

High quality greenhouseHarrod Horticultural, makers of RHS endorsed garden arches 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. High quality greenhouses

New moon gate arch from Harrod

Circular wooden garden archIf you are looking for an arch that is a little bit unusual, then you will like this attractive new circular arch from Harrod Horticultural.

It is very large at 2.5 metres wide and 2.3 metres tall, and there are 3 depths available: 0.6 metres, 1.05 metres and 1.55 metres.

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. Moon Gate arch

New super wide metal arch

Wide metal archHarrod 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! Wide ellipse arch

Why buy a metal garden arch?

Metal garden archesThere's no doubt that a garden arch can add a touch of elegance to your outdoor space and create an interesting focal point. In this article we will be looking at the benefits of installing a metal garden arch. Continue reading

Back to nature with Gardman

Nature garden archGardman have a number of nicely detailed metal arches at the moment, but their Nature arch is particularly attractive and one of a ten strong range of matching garden items including hanging baskets and planters.

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.

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. Nature themed metal arch

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Buying Advice

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.

Garden Arbours
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.

Read the Full Buyers Guide