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Is something missing in your garden, but you can't put your finger on it? Maybe what you need is a garden arch. Garden arches lift your garden above ground level, provide shade and make an ideal arbor for climbing plants. One of the easiest ways to transform your landscape, installing a garden arch is well worth looking into.

Types of Garden Arches

When we think of arches, we tend to think of curved arches, but a garden arch can have a flat, peaked (like an inverted "V") or curved top. Curved garden arches come in a variety of classic shapes, including the half-round, more gentle curves, Victorian, Gothic, Art Deco and many more. You can even have a garden arch custom made to suit your home and landscape perfectly.

Garden arches can be made from timber, metal or wrought iron. Many timber arches have flat or peaked tops, but curved timber arches are also available. Metal and wrought iron arches come in a limitless range of styles.

Choosing Garden Arches

Garden arches are accent pieces that add a touch of magic to your garden. If you have a picket or other low fence on your property line, an arch over the entry gate adds something special to your front garden. If you have a long garden path, a garden arch gives it greater appeal. If you have a bench in your garden, covering it with an arch provides shade and highlights that part of your landscape. You can even install an arch in your driveway to break up the monotony of a long driveway.

Arches are often chosen to support climbing plants. They are ideal for this, but your choice of a garden arch for the type of plant you want it to support can make the difference between success and failure. Garden arch suppliers recommend considering the type of plant you want the arch for before you make your purchase:

How big will it grow? Does the plant suit your local climate? Will you prune the plant or let it grow? Is your arch going to be in a shady, sunny or mixed shade/sunny spot?

The arch is a support structure, but you need to buy plants that are appropriate for the arch and its position in your garden. If you take the time to talk with an expert at your local nursery first, you can find the most appropriate plant for your arch. Then you need to match the type of arch you buy with the type of plant. For example:

A mesh support structure is best for plants with tendrils, such as jasmine. A trellis support structure is best for plants with longer canes, such as roses and bougainvillea.

If you intend for the plants to completely cover the arch, you needn't spend more on an elaborate design. If your arch is your garden feature, the style will make all the difference in your garden and you may want to consider having it custom made for you.

How Much Do Garden Arches Cost?

Ready-made garden arches can be surprisingly inexpensive. A small powder coated trellis arch can cost only $20 and be installed using specially designed stakes. For around $50, you can install one of these yourself in less than an hour. More elaborately designed ready-made arches cost between $100 and $250, depending on their size and complexity of design.

A custom made arch will cost more, but can be the perfect finishing touch to your garden. First decide where you want to place it in your garden, how large you want it to be and what type of plant (if any) you want it to support. A good carpenter can probably erect a timber arch for you and help you with your design. If you want a metal arch, get quotes from decorative metalworkers in your area. Experienced specialists in metal and/or wrought iron products will be able to show you portfolios of their previous work or design a unique garden arch for you that will be the pride of your garden.

Cost and prices in this article are indicative and should only be used as a guide. They also vary locally and are subject to market forces.

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