Arches, arbours or pergolas can add extra interest to a garden and make it appear larger. You can train climbing plants up them where space for planting is at a premium, they can offer shade on warm sunny afternoons, frame a view or a path, and help to divide different areas.

Find the perfect structure for your outdoor space and take a look at our expert hints and tips on how to style your pergola or arbour, how to blend it into your landscape and how it can be used to enhance the area.

Design tips for garden arches and arbours:

  1. Accentuate your structure with pretty climbers and potted plants.
  2. Cover a pergola in climbers to create a romantic landscape and to offer shaded protection for people and plants during the more sultry summer days.
  3. Place several arches along a pathway to create a covered walkway.
  4. Use arches to frame a path, make an entrance or to create a striking focal point.
  5. Choose materials in keeping with your style. Allow metal arches to rust and blend with the garden, or paint in a sympathetic colour scheme with suitable outdoor paints or varnish.
  6. Think about the strength of your structure before you laden it with heavy plants. Grow lightweight annuals, such as runner beans or sweet peas, up thin gauge supports.
  7. Make sure your structure is securely fixed to the ground before planting. Refer to the advice from the supplier or manufacturer.

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roman garden arches

Grow climbing plants up a tunnel of Roman garden arches from Harrod Horticultural to create a scented walkway. Priced from £226 for a H229 x W120 x D60cm arch

garden arch patio pergola

Emphasise a seating area with a traditional patio pergola from Grange. H279.5 x W270 x D240cm, it features a solid timber four-post frame and is available in a choice of pre-painted natural tones, £334.49

Garden rose arch

This English rose garden arch from Crocus, painted in a cream finish, offers a touch of romantic charm to a cottage garden. H230 x W120 x D45cm, £84.99, add the optional bench, sold separately, to create a peaceful seating area

garden arch rusted iron hexagonal gazebo

Create an extra room in the garden with an elegant rusted iron hexagonal gazebo, complete with a rusted chandelier for candlelit summer evenings. H348 x W222 x D199cm, £3,950 from Room in the Garden

Garden arbour

Carve out a quiet corner in the garden for this self-assembly Rowlinson Winchester arbour, £349.99 from Wickes. H213.5 x W139 x D70.5cm, it’s supplied unpainted, to be finished in a tone to suit your space. You can train some climbing plants over its metal roof and even store books in the under-seat storage for a peaceful read

garden square arch

Agriframes’ Elegance square arch  combines an attractive wirework design with a practical and robust solid steel structure in a soft sage green finish for a vintage feel. Position it around a door, or at the end of a garden path where it will provide support for roses and other climbers. H230xW130xD56cm, £209

garden arch handwoven wire hexagonal gazebo

This handwoven wirework octagonal pavilion makes a stately feature. Each side and roof panel is easily assembled to the side support posts, which in turn are simply bolted onto the ground. From £4,250 for H340xDia.305cm at Garden Requisites.