Garden Metal Arches
Wherever you pass through an entrance or exit to a garden, or part of a garden, an arch is a valuable accessory to frame the view of the other side and to formalise the boundary. Carefully and sympathetically used the arch will have a massive effect on the overall impact of your landscaping ideas. Perhaps the best way of using the arch is to have hedges, about half the height of the arch, extending either side, and then at some point fairly distant from the arch have some sort of focal point, so that as you approach and go through the arch the eye is held on this focus, and when you finally arrive at the other side you are able to see for the first time the detail of the new area. Bear in mind you will go both ways through the arch and so two focal points will be needed. You can make them the same as each other or different, depending on the character of the two areas concerned. If hedges are not available to you, a couple of small bushes or large perennials will be very nearly as good. Most arches are designed to have plants grown up the sides and although one’s thoughts go naturally to flowering plants, an arch or two in the vegetable garden would make very acceptable runner or French bean supports. There are many less conventional uses for garden arches – put a number in a row along a path to make a pergola, add extra wood or wire or trellis panels so that you can grow plants all the way along. Arrange three or four as three sides of a square or oblong to make an arbour. Grow honeysuckle up them for year round fragrance by choosing your varieties carefully.