Design Ideas for Arches and Pergolas

Get inspired to make your arch or pergola a garden retreat with these photos of stunning outdoor spaces.

Arches Have Been Used in Gardens for Centuries

Middle Ages Arch

Arches have been used in formal gardens for centuries. Arches were used to form a romantic link between two areas within the garden.

Lightweight Metal Beams Featured in Modern Pergola DK - Arches & Pergolas © 2000 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Modern Pergola

With its open, lightweight metal beams, this striking modern pergola is more a feature in itself than a practical shade-casting structure. It suits its cool-climate garden, where deep shade is not essential.

Contrasting Shapes in Modern Pergola Add Interest

Contrasting Shapes

This cleverly designed modern pergola uses contrasting shapes to add to its impact. The unusually tall red posts are balanced by equally elongated overhanging beams, which link well with the softer shapes of interlocking circles in the side panels.

Pergola Beam Shadows DK - Arches & Pergolas © 2000 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Web of Wood

This striking wooden pergola needs no vegetation at all: the web of shadow patterns cast by the overhead beams creates its own interest.

Stained Glass Used with Wooden Frame for Interest

Using Stained Glass

A hops-covered wooden frame with stained glass set into it gives interesting images and is an effective way of screening unwanted views.

Arbor with Swing Seat Enhances Outdoor Setting

Arbor With Swing Seat

Pots of geraniums and the scent of lilies further enhance the setting of this triangular arbor with its unusual suspended swing seat.

Vine-Covered Pergola

Grand Veranda

Original pergolas with stone pillars and overhead wooden beams were used to support grapes and provide shade. Here, a stately pergola of similar construction supports a beautiful wisteria to create a cool colonnade on the sunny side of this house.

Arbor-Covered Garden Bench DK - Arches & Pergolas © 2000 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Arbor Retreat

A blue bench on a small area of paving draws the eye to this private place, where a canopy of beams and trailing climbers provide welcome shade and peaceful seclusion in which to rest.

Rose Covered Arch DK - Arches & Pergolas © 2000 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Rose-Covered Arch

An old-fashioned rose-covered arch, here with the rambler 'Dorothy Perkins', looks wonderful in a country garden. The black picket gate looks just right framing the opening to the vegetable garden beyond.

Arches & Pergolas © 2000 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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