1 January 2017NEWS
Garden Arch Considerations
Trees and shrubs can of course be used to add height and shape to a garden, but a garden arch can break up a line of trees and add extra interest to your outdoor space. Even in a small garden, a suitable metal or wooden archway can really alter the look. In longer gardens, they can be used to divide separate areas while in narrow gardens, use a series of arches to take the visitor on a journey.
You obviously need to make sure that the arch is tall enough for people to comfortably walk through. You should also bear in mind the sort of climbing plants if any, that you plant to grow on the arch. Over time these may creep into head space forcing your visitors to duck.
It is desirable that for a garden arch designed to be walked through, try and make it wide enough for two people to use it side by side. Here at the garden arch website, we always list the height and width of all arches so that you can easily check the suitability for your garden.
For wooden garden arches, you should look for those which are pressure treated. This will ensure the longevity of the arch. You may need to retreat in future years to keep the arch looking good and keeping rot at bay. Most pressure treated arches are guaranteed for a number of years - up to 15 in some cases.
Quick Growing Cover
If you are installing a new arch and want a 'quick fix' in terms of climbing plants consider fast growing annuals such as sweet peas, black eyed Susan or Spanish Flag. You could also consider growing runner beans. For roses, choose a rambler variety as they have more flexible stems than climbing roses.
Watch the Weight
Ensure that the garden arch you purchase will be suitable for the weight of the flower you plant to grow on it. Some of the more lightweight metal arches are very decorative with ornate patterns, but are not really strong enough for weighty plants. For this situation, a sturdy wooden archway with trellis panel sides and top will be best.