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Wednesday 22 September 2021
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Until the 22nd September, save 15% on all garden arches and obelisks at Crocus - one of the UK's biggest online garden centres.
There is no voucher code to use - the prices shown include the discount already.
Raised bed frames and planter boxes are very useful accessories for your garden, but one question that might spring to mind is what is the difference between raised beds and planters?
Essentially, a raised bed has no floor or bottom, while a planter will have a bottom to it.
Find out more in our in-depth article, and take a look at some popular products available now, including some made from recycled tyres!
When you think of a garden arch, you might visualise the standard round-top arch, and while this is a popular choice, there are in fact many different styles to choose from.
There are 4 basic archway shapes, along with a few subtle variations from the classic Roman arch, to contemporary square or fully circular arches.
We recently chanced upon The Salters' Garden in the Barbican area of the City of London.
This tiny public park, a one acre plot sitting between part of the old Roman London Wall and a modern office block, was recently improved with new paving and a commemorational water feature.
But we think the stand-out feature of this little space is the pergola - a stunning array of metal arches that provide a shady walk through from one side of the garden to the other.
A covered pergola is a common feature in public gardens, and there are a number of products on the market that can let you achieve the same effect in your own space.
INSPIRE others with your garden arch display and you could win a £50 gift card in our free to enter monthly prize draw!
We're launching a garden arch gallery feature and would love to include a photo of your garden arch.
To enter, send us us a photo of your garden arch and as a thank-you, you'll be entered into our ongoing monthly prize draw to win a £50 gift card.
CROCUS are the UK's biggest online garden website and have an enviable range of over 4000 different plant varieties on offer!
We are pleased to see their garden arch offerings are just as varied and indeed, colourful.
Maybe the rusty bronze or sage green solid steel arches take your fancy, or how about the ironwork scrolls of the off-white Loire?
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Maybe you'll go for the elegant Gothic Tuscan arch, the ever popular Amalfi or perhaps the Windsor Arch with Gate?
IF YOU are looking for an arch that is a little bit unusual, then you will like this attractive 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.
THERE is nothing wrong with a bare arch, but to really maximise the benefit of your arch, introduce a climbing plant to it.
There are many varieties that will thrive over the structure and afford not only a fantastic display of colour but also waft wonderful fragrances as you pass by.
CONSIDERING a wide wooden archway, maybe to span your garden path? Look no further than the Twilight Arch by Zest4Leisure.
It's unusually wide for a wooden archway at 1.96 metres between the posts and with a 2.1 metre overall width it is one of the widest timber arches available right now.
WALL arches or half arches 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.
IF 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.
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 round-up of the top selling round tops !
FROM time to time we get asked about an over-door archway so we are delighted to see that a couple of companies actually offer a range of these hard-to-find products.
Both Harrod Horticultural and Agriframes sell these porticoes (portico is the official name for such an arch, although door canopy is another name for them) designed at various widths.
Porticoes are generally 1.5m wide, but if you need extra width such as for double doors, then an elliptical arch design is available from Agriframes that is 2.1 metres wide.
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!
YOU'LL be seeing double when you purchase the Colonnade Arch from Agriframes - you actually get two arches in the one package!
Based on their elegant and modern Column Arch design, the Colonnade allows you to create a deeper walkway when you join the two arches together with the included sidebars.
Fully galvanised for maximum weather protection, the Colonnade is available in 3 different sizes up to 3 metres wide.
WOULD you know a bower from an arbour or a pergola from a gazebo?
Each one has its own specific purpose and you'll often find that manufacturers create products 'collections' so you can buy multiple structures and achieve a coordinated look in your garden.
HARROD Horticultural have just announced a new addition to their range of arches - the Ellipse. This arch features a 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!
FOREST Garden have just launched a striking new arch called the Whitby, celebrating 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.
DID you know that you can grow exotic Kiwi fruit in the UK and, as vigourous growers, they make great climbers for your arch with their pretty and fragrant flowers.
With careful attention to location and regular maintenance, kiwi vines could soon be adding a touch of the exotic to your garden arch.
IF 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!
A 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.
The round-top version is also unique in that you can connect several together to make a pleasant tunnel-style walkway.
Getting to the Point with Gothic Style Garden 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 sides 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.
The Harrod Gothic Metal Arch is one of few that feature this shape. It is superbly constructed from heavyweight steel and is available 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 its popularity in that city.
IF YOU are looking for a wide garden arch - say over 1.5 metres, then you'll know it can be a difficult task. The standard width of the openings on the majority of 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!
THE single hoop arch from Harrod proves that less is more. 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 Blanc's famous Le Manoir Hotel and Restuarant no less!
We've Seen the Light and it's at Kings Cross!
WHILE 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.
THERE is 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.
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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 is light green or tan in appearance.
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.
In their most basic form arbours are simply metal or wooden archways but with a fixed seat under the arch.
Wooden arbours tend to be more enclosed and 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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