UPDATED: February 2021NEWS
Wall arches or half arches are an ideal solution for brightening up a pathway along a wall that would otherwise not fit a regular arch. They make a great alternative to a trellis or screen that seem somewhat flat in comparison!
No Half Measures
Looking something like a chopped off archway, the 'normal' side is designed to be installed in the ground as with a regular arch - maybe a border alongside the path, although it could also be fixed down on a solid surface.
The 'short' side fixes to a wall - brick or stone is preferred but a timber structure will also suffice if it is sturdy enough.
They are usually designed to be fixed at around the 1.5 metre mark so ensure your wall is tall enough!
Wall Arch Uses
Depending on the length of the wall and pathway, you might want to consider more than one arch to create a charming arched 'tunnel' effect.
Another great location to install this type of arch is over a gate at the start of the path to create a spectacular entrance, especially when covered in fragrant climbers.
DIY Wall Arches
Can I use a normal garden arch as a wall arch? In theory you could modify a regular arch, although it would depend on the design. Take a close look at where the top section meets the top of the side panel. You may also need to drill holes in the frame to accommodate the wall fixings.
Bring on the Wall, Arch
Now the bad news - they are quite rare and difficult to find. In addition, wall arches are only available in metal - we have not seen any timber wall arches.
However, two popular garden structure specialists do offer a range of wall arches in a good choice of styles and sizes so all is not lost.
Both Agriframes and Harrod Horticultural should be on your list if you are interested in wall arches.
Annette recently emailed us about her purchase of an Agriframes wall 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."