Uses of Garden Arches Within a Garden Design
One of the most common uses of arches within a garden is as an entrance. This can be an entrance to the garden itself, or often arches can be utilized to create entrances between different areas of a garden. Using the arches a doorways between outdoor rooms creates a sense of progressive realization and a sense of journey within the garden. On a similar theme, they can create a sense of intrigue to a garden visitor. Arches act as a draw to people, drawing people towards the arch to see what lies beyond.
Garden arches provide a vertical element within a garden design, providing a point of differentiation if most aspects of the design are in the horizontal plane. What is more, they provide instant height within a garden. Although planting can ultimately provide height, unless mature (and therefore costly) plants are introduced into a new garden, it will be a number of years before those plants can provide the height that an arch can provide.
When placed appropriately, garden arches can be used to frame a view within the garden - for example framing a focal point such as a statue or water feature. Similarly, garden arches can be used to frame a distant view or vista.
Considerations When Introducing an Arch to the Garden
As well as being practical, useful and attractive within a garden, arches are also one of the easiest features to erect. However, although they may be easy to erect, some consideration does need to be given to the type, style and size of arch to be used - the wrong arch in the wrong place can negatively impact upon the balance of the whole garden design. So what are the main design considerations?
1. Scale / Size
The scale and size of the arch must be in keeping with the garden and surroundings. For example, a huge, gold plated, highly ornate arch would be totally out of place in a modest suburban back garden, whilst conversely a 1m wide wooden garden arch would be lost and insignificant within the vast grounds of a stately home.
2. Unity of Design & Materials
The style & material of the arch must be in keeping with the garden and environment. So, if you are designing and building a cottage garden, a highly contemporary glass and metal structure would look ridiculous. Similarly, if you are building a modern, minimalist garden, you wouldn't want a traditional style wooden archway.
3. Strength / Stability
As well as design considerations, you need to consider what you will be using the arch for - not least, will you be using it as a support for climbing plants? If you are, depending on the plants to be grown, the arch must be sufficiently stable and robust to withstand the weight of plants as big plants with lots of growth can be surprisingly heavy and put significant pressures on the arch below.
Garden arches are just one of the many items people use to create beautiful, relaxing gardens and landscapes. The garden arch is a great way to add instant structure and height to your garden, or to create a decorative garden entrance or focal point. There are some points you should evaluate before installing a garden arch: the size of the arch, the design of the arch, whether you want to use it for supporting creeping plants, and the construction material and installation method preferred.
1) Size. Generally, arches are wide and tall enough for adults to walk through, unless the arch is being used to frame a small plant or fountain. A large, graceful arch will obviously suit a larger garden, but for a smaller garden, do not exclude the use of an arch, because it can will give your garden the illusion of spaciousness beyond its actual size.