Make a Rose Arch

Add height and color to your garden with a classic wood arch, built from a kit and framed with climbing roses and clematis.

Wooden Garden Arch

Wooden Garden Arch

2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited DK - How to Grow Practically Everything

DK - How to Grow Practically Everything, 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

This arch is planted with 'Seagull' rose, Clematis armandii and golden hop.

When to Start: Spring to Fall
At Its Best: Spring to Summer
Time to Complete: 1 day

Materials Needed:

  • rose arch kit
  • tape measure
  • galvanized screws
  • electric screwdriver
  • spade
  • broken bricks, rocks, etc.
  • level
  • dry ready-mix concrete

Lay Out the Pieces

Lay out all the pieces in the kit on the ground. Starting with the roof of the arch, align the short horizontal pieces so that they slot into the two long crossbeams that make up the roof. Use a tape measure to check that they are evenly spaced.

Double Check Pieces for Rose Arch Kit

Double Check Pieces for Rose Arch Kit

2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited DK - How to Grow Practically Everything

DK - How to Grow Practically Everything, 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Join the Sections

Using galvanized screws and an electric screwdriver, join the horizontal pieces to the beams. Then, attach the two vertical sides of the arch onto the roof, as directed by the kit instructions. The trellis sides in this arch came in two complete sections that are slotted into the roof.

Wooden Rose Arch How To

Wooden Rose Arch How To

2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited DK - How to Grow Practically Everything

DK - How to Grow Practically Everything, 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Dig Out Footings

To secure the arch in the ground, stand it in its final site, and mark out the positions of the four vertical legs. Dig holes for the legs, 18 inches deep and 12 inches wide. Add a 2-inch layer of rocks or broken bricks to the base of each hole.

Add Hard Core to Base of Each Footing

Add Hard Core to Base of Each Footing

2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited DK - How to Grow Practically Everything

DK - How to Grow Practically Everything, 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Position the Arch

Tamp down the rocks with a pole. With help, lift the arch and lower its legs into the holes. Make sure each leg is standing on the base, and add or remove material until all four are solidly supported.

Garden Arch Installation

Garden Arch Installation

2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited DK - How to Grow Practically Everything

DK - How to Grow Practically Everything, 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Check the Uprights

Make sure that all the verticals are correctly aligned, and that the horizontal pieces are level. If necessary, maneuver the arch until it's perfectly upright; when you're satisfied that it is, pack more rocks around the legs.

Use Bubble Level for Arch Alignment

Use Bubble Level for Arch Alignment

2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited DK - How to Grow Practically Everything

DK - How to Grow Practically Everything, 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Mortar in the Legs

Pour the ready-mix concrete into each hole, up to ground level, ensuring that it completely surrounds the legs. Slowly add water to the holes to soak the concrete, and allow it to dry and harden for a day or two. Now stain the arch in your chosen color and plant around it.

Building a Rose Arch

Building a Rose Arch

2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited DK - How to Grow Practically Everything

DK - How to Grow Practically Everything, 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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