Style Ideas for Arches and Pergolas

Include your personal flair in the design of your arch or pergola with these tips for choosing materials that fit your ultimate garden vision.

Rustic Arch DK - Arches & Pergolas © 2000 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Rustic Arch

This rustic wooden arch over a meandering woodland path has an evocative charm, but such a structure may not last very long.

Mixed Materials of Wrought Iron and Brick on Arch

Mixed Materials

The flowers of Clematis 'Perle d'Azur' all but obscure the wrought iron arch supported by brick piers: a truly successful combination.

Iron Rose Arch Effective in Victorian Garden DK - Arches & Pergolas © 2000 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Iron Rose Arch

Although iron is often an effective material for modern arches, here it has been worked to make a traditional Victorian-style rose arch.

Stout Squash Requires Sturdy Support DK - Arches & Pergolas © 2000 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Edible Attraction

A simple tubular steel arch, plastic coated to prevent the steel from overheating and so protecting the plants, is all that is needed to show off this gourd to dramatic effect.

Stell Archway Frames Entry to Vegetable Garden

Steel Archway

The entrance to this vegetable garden is framed by a tall, stately steel archway, containing the view and leading you from one part of the garden to the other.

Colorful Garden and Classic White Archway

Cottage Garden Archway

The angled panels on either side of the square wooden arch make the structure resemble a bridge, reinforcing a sense of tradition.

Arches & Pergolas © 2000 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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