Garden arch - making a vertical flower garden

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DIY garden arches - made of wood

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In this article, we will consider not only the decorative component, but also get acquainted with the technical points that allow us to make a structure for our arch, so let's start.

Garden arch frame made of wood

Plants for covering the arch, of course, it is best to choose from beautiful and climbing plants, then this will allow you not to fully implement your plan and enjoy the beautiful appearance of the garden arch.

To make the frame, we need:

  • 4 beams 10 * 10 cm, in order to make supports and erect walls for the arch:
  • 2 boards to create the roof of our arch
  • 4 slats 3 meters each - this is necessary in order to fill the void between the wall supports.

The tree must be well dried so that there are no deformations after the installation process.

This photo shows a step-by-step technology for manufacturing the forming profile of the arch. It should be noted that this is a fairly simple technology. First, you need to create a template for the upper element of the arch, it can be made of cardboard.

  1. We take a pencil and draw on the cardboard the shape of the future upper element of the arch.
  2. Next, we fasten the bars and fasten them with our template (if it is made of wood) wooden bars.
  3. Next, we begin to cut our arch with an electric jigsaw.
  4. Further, according to a similar principle, we make the second half of our arch.

How to fit a garden arch into the design of a summer cottage

Indeed, the arch is ready, there are only two moments left - this is the installation of the arch and the fastening of the plants to the arch. Let's start in order, it is best to install a garden arch at the entrance to your garden, it will look like this.

What plants to braid the garden arch?

As a choice of plants for a garden arch, climbing perennials are perfect for it, which in their structure form interesting and beautiful curls, for example:

  1. Hop
  2. Grapes
  3. Peas (fragrant)
  4. Chinese lemongrass:
  5. Honeysuckle
  6. Climbing rose
  7. Clematis.

Video - DIY metal flower garden arch

Metal arch

A metal arch can be made without the use of welding equipment - wire is used as fasteners.

For the manufacture of the base, a reinforcing wire with a diameter of 1 cm and a thin rod (0.6 cm) are used, which will simultaneously play the role of stiffeners and decorative elements. To make an arch with a height of 1.8 m and a width of 2.1 m, you will need:

Step-by-step instruction

1. Short sections of reinforcement d10 are driven into the ground in the shape of the future arch. The outline can be drawn directly on the ground using a piece of rebar tied to a peg or a can of paint. The radius of curvature for this design is 0.9 m.

2. The stem for the base is bent over the hammered pins. If you lay a strong and flexible strip (siding, fiberboard) between the base and the template, the bend will be perfectly even.

3. The resulting two parts of the future arch are deepened into the ground to a depth of 0.5 meters.

4. 9 circles or floral motifs are bent from short lengths of reinforcement d6. The resulting blanks are fixed with soft wire between the base rods, starting from the middle of the upper part, at a distance of 15-20 cm from each other. Rebar bending is a laborious process, so the rings can be replaced with straight rods.

The finished structure is coated with anti-corrosion mixtures and painted.

Garden landscape styles

Usually, when arranging a garden, one of three styles is chosen:

  1. French vegetable garden. Its peculiarity is the planting of spicy and vegetable plants in well-shaped beds. Usually they are made high to emphasize the effect of geometry and rigor. Landings are framed with borders made of different materials, including low-growing live plants.
  2. English vegetable garden. It has a high density of planting on the lawn. Trees, bushes, herbaceous plants do not separate from each other. The basis for planting all plants can be not only a lawn, but also a building wall or multi-tiered structures of various shapes. The design uses pergolas and vertical landscaping.
  3. Landscape style. The peculiarity of this design is the absence of frames and strict forms, smooth lines and seemingly chaotic planting of plants. It gives you the opportunity to show your imagination and create an original design. The main requirement is plant compatibility.

There are also other options, but they are specific to the styles described above.

Options for the location and shape of the beds

In any of the styles described, a different arrangement of the beds is possible. Classic flat or rounded plots of land fenced with fences, curbs, garden paths are also used, but modern design involves one of the following options:

  • container placement - vegetables and other plants are planted in specially prepared portable containers in the form of wooden boxes, plastic containers, flowerpots and other containers
  • modular placement - symmetrically arranged beds of a certain geometric shape are organized on the ground, alternation of several shapes is possible
  • flower beds - they use them of different shapes and sizes, plant vegetables, herbs and flowers, taking into account a comfortable neighborhood for each species
  • vertical arrangement - racks or containers with plants are fixed on a solid vertical support, for example, a wall of a house.

Beds, modules, containers can be different in shape and size. It is desirable that in style they fit into the design concept of the entire local area.

On swampy soils, it is better to use raised beds. They are also comfortable because you don't have to bend low to care for the plants. The soil in them remains loose, since it is not trampled at all. You can use herbs and flowers, leafy vegetables and root vegetables. But it is important to provide the plants with abundant watering.

And multi-tiered structures are convenient for small areas. They are suitable for growing small crops such as strawberries, herbs.

Vertical gardening

This technique is also used as part of English style design, and as a separate item. It involves the arrangement of the beds one above the other, for example, rectangular long boxes or small flowerpots in the same row.

It can also be part of the composition, for example, an arch entwined with climbing plants.

Arch entwined with maiden grapes

An interesting option that at the same time saves space and looks original is a vertical garden near the wall of the house.

You can plant not only climbing plants, but also tall crops - sunflower, corn and others.

Arch and pergola in the design of the garden

Garden arches and pergolas are used to decorate and support climbing plants. They differ in that the arch is a flat structure in the form of a single arc, and the pergola is a volumetric structure of several arched or rectangular arches, united in rows like a canopy or a long corridor.

Pergola for garden decoration

In addition to the main purpose - a beautiful support for climbing plants - with the help of an arch or pergola, you can separate the garden area or hide parts of it, using these structures as a screen.

Another option is to create a corridor of flowers and greenery above the paths between the beds or a specific place that needs additional shading.

The shapes, styles and sizes of such designs can vary, so finished products are easy to find for any design. But you can make them with your own hands. The simplest option is a wooden rectangular canopy made of support beams and a flat roof.

Single arches

The most popular technique is the installation of free-standing arches, which allows you to achieve a "point" accent. Such arches look amazing with roses, clematis and other climbing plants. Their advantage is that there are no restrictions either in height or in place.

The arch, installed on the garden path near the lawns, as well as on the balcony or veranda, also looks spectacular.

A practical option is an arch over the bench. She will save you from the sweltering heat in the summer.

A stone arch without plants looks extravagant, which refers to the Middle Ages.

Fans of the oriental style will appreciate the simple structure of a wooden arch, which is surrounded by a weigela, rhododendron or adiantium.

The delicate combination of a wooden arch and a picket fence will surely appeal to romantics. The composition will be decorated with roses, clematis, honeysuckle, grapes.

A large metal arch with a small openwork gate is itself a work of art and does not need additional decoration.

The combination of a stone basement, a metal fence and an openwork low arch will remind you of fabulous stories from your childhood.

The stone arch and the uneven masonry of the fence look very stylish.

Today you can buy ready-made arches, or order according to your project. It is important to remember here that their design should have a sense of proportion and harmony.

Garden arch - beauty in simplicity of design

A garden arch is a decorative garden structure. It consists, as a rule, of two vertical posts and an arched (sometimes straight) crossbeam on top. But, despite its simplicity, it is a very expressive element of the garden design.
A well-designed arch will not only have a functional load, but also please the eye with an aesthetic component.

As for the functionality, it is very diverse:

  • support for climbing plants
  • garden space zoning element
  • registration of the entrance group
  • creation of a place of rest, etc.

The construction of a garden arch is not a difficult task at all, you just need to take into account some of the features:

1. The structure must be suitable for growing plants (if a "green" option is planned).

2. The height must correspond to the height of the person so that you can pass through it without bending your head (not less than 2 m).

3. The width should be at least 1 m 20 cm, otherwise, when the plants grow, the arch will lose its attractiveness, a feeling of neglect will be created.

4. The construction must be of high quality to look good in the cold season, when it is not hidden by plants.

5. If it is planned to install a year-round arch, and not a seasonal, prefabricated type, then it must be ready for any weather conditions, that is, processed in a timely manner.

6. The arch should be consistent with the style of the entire site and fit into its color.

For the manufacture of a garden arch, various materials are used: metal (including forged structures), plastic (ready-made sections of various plans), wood (starting from timber and ending with untreated branches, poles). Wood is most often used, as it is available, relatively inexpensive and easy to assemble.

You can make an arch with your own hands, then its design will be completely a figment of your imagination. You can buy a ready-made section, and give it individuality with a special selection of plants and color combinations.

When choosing plants for an arch, you should determine for yourself what is more important: for the arch to turn green quickly or for a long time.

If the task "fast"then it is good to use annual climbing plants, for example:

  • Pumpkin, beans, nastrutia, bindweed - for the sunny side
  • "Crazy cucumber", kobei - for planting in the shade.

If the task is "Good and for a long time"then pay attention to wild grapes, wisteria, clematis, honeysuckle, etc.

These plants braid the arches for a little longer, but they also look luxurious, moreover, most of them are brightly blooming, which means that you will admire not only green vines, but also beautiful flowers.

It doesn't matter what kind of arch and what materials you chose, what plants you decided to plant for its landscaping, it is important that you decide to create a noticeable element in your personal plot.

Now you have an object of constant concern, but this is the case when the end justifies the means!

The greenery of your arch, the personality of your site.

Watch the video: DIY Garden Arch


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