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.

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Wooden Garden ArchEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-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 KitEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-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 ToEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-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 FootingEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited
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Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything

© 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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