Garden arbours enable you to create shaded areas while also adding style and class to your garden.
Arbours come in many different shapes and sizes, so even if your garden is on the smaller side, you can still get a suitable one. Arbour arches are fantastic for creating shaded areas in your garden and by adding climbing plants to them, you can give your garden a uniquely beautiful appearance.
When you’re looking for a garden arbour, you may want to consider options such as the materials used, the size, ease of assembly and suitability for use with climbers.
We’ve rated some of the UK’s best garden arbour arches currently available. As well as covering the important features mentioned above, we’ve also looked at the pros and cons of each product.
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Let’s start with our best pick, the Gardman Versailles Arch…
A stylish and modern arch that graduates as our top pick
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Combing elegant looks with a practical and sturdy design, the Gardman Versailles Arch would make a great addition to practically any garden.
It’s 91 inches high and 47 inches wide, making it perfect for small to medium gardens where you want to add some style without having it dominate the space.
The frame is made from iron and has a bronze finish. The side panels make it very easy to add roses and other climbing plants to it, with many places to tie the vines to it.
There is some assembly required to get this set up, but nothing too taxing. You simply put the four spikes in the ground and then add the arch on top of it. Once it’s set up, it’s very sturdy and stable.
Overall, it’s a modern and stylish arch that’s very reasonably priced and would look great either as it is, or with flowers added to it.
- The simple and elegant look would suit most gardens
- Great for using with climbing roses and other flowers
- Is very sturdy and made from durable iron
- Rusting can be a problem, so you’ll probably need to treat it to avoid this
A simple yet elegant design at a very affordable price
The Farm & Garden Steel Frame Arch is our value pick and although the design isn’t as elaborate as some other frames, it’s still very stylish and great value for money.
The frame is made from powder-coated steel, making it very durable and resistant to winter weather. It’s also great for using with climbers, with plenty of bars on the frames to tie the vines to.
It measures 2.4m at its highest point, which makes it slightly bigger than the Gardman Versailles Arch, but it’s still suitable for use in smaller gardens. To erect the arch, you’ll need to put it into the ground and the assembly required is quite simple.
If you’re looking for an arch that looks good, but you don’t want to spend a lot of money, then this is well worth considering.
- Great value for money
- It is perfect for use with climbing plants, including roses
- Is very simple to set up and would look good in most gardens
- Multiple arches can be linked together easily to create a walkway
- Not quite as sturdy as other more expensive models
A quirky and unique arbour that would make a great focal point
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The Outour French Style Birdcage is a lot different to the other arbours we’ve looked at so far. Its design is much more elaborate, and it also takes up considerably more space.
The birdcage design makes it ideal for creating a showpiece in the centre of your garden, especially if you choose to add flowers to it. It would also look great with lights at Halloween or Christmas. The frame is made from wrought iron, which means it’s durable and can cope with the harsh UK winters.
Being as elaborate as it is, it does require more assembly than the other arbours we’ve looked at so far and you’ll certainly need a second pair of hands when putting it up.
If you’re looking for something more elaborate and have the space to accommodate it, then this would make a great addition to a garden.
- A unique and eye-catching design that’s perfect for creating a focal point in the garden
- Looks great on its own or when decorated with flowers or outdoor decorative lights
- Would be great for using at a garden wedding
- Considerably more expensive than more simple arches
- Assembly will require two people
A traditional looking arbour arch that’s perfect for climbing plants
The vidaXL Arbour Rose Arch is made from rot-resistant pinewood and has a very traditional look.
It measures approximately 78 inches tall and 59 inches wide, so it’s considerably smaller than the other arbours we’ve looked at so far, making it perfect for gardens with limited space.
You could use this as an entryway, a focal point in the centre of your garden or to create shade over a seated area. The design means it’s great for using with climbing plants too.
There is some assembly required but it’s quite straightforward and you should have it set up in no time at all.
This would be a good choice if you’re looking for a mid-range priced arbour that has a simple and traditional look and won’t require too much maintenance once it’s set up.
- Made from rot-resistance pinewood, so you don’t have to worry about it being exposed to harsh weather, as is often the case with wooden arbours
- Is reasonably priced for its build quality
- Is great for smaller gardens due to its compact size
- Some reviewers noted poor instructions and some pieces of wood with missing holes
A durable iron structure with an ornate design
Lastly, we have the CLP Rose Arch Bench. It’s made from durable and weather-resistant powder-coated iron.
The ornate design is very appealing and would help to bring a more modern feeling to a garden. It’d look good on its own or with some sparse climbing plants added to the side. If you want to avoid the direct sun when sitting in it, then it would also look good against a wall.
You can get this bench in a choice of five colours. The assembly required isn’t too difficult, but it would certainly be easier with two people.
Overall, it’s a very slick and stylish arch bench and would be a great addition to most gardens.
- Looks great and is made from high-quality materials
- Would be good for using with climbing roses and other plants
- Comes in a choice of five colours
- It can hold a maximum weight of 100kg, which means it might not be suitable for all users
- Is on the more expensive side compared to a lot of other arbours
The Benefits of a Garden Arbour
Adds style to your garden
One of the main reasons that people invest in an arbour is to help beautify their garden. There’s no doubt that an arbour decorated with climbing roses is a spectacular sight.
Although roses are an obvious choice to use on an arbour, you can also use a variety of other plants, including ivy, honeysuckle and grapevines. Even if you decided not to add any flowers to your arbour, they usually still look great and are always a topic of conversation with friends and family.
Allows you to create shaded areas
Another big benefit that arbours provide is allowing you to create shaded areas in your garden. If you’re sitting out in the garden during the summer, then it’s good to have some protection from the sun, especially when you’re out there for a long while.
By adding roses or another kind of climbing plant to an arbour, it will help to shade the area beneath it. By combining arbours, you can easily create a decent shaded spot, perfect if you have an outdoor seating area in your garden.
Perfect for creating an entrance to your garden
If you want to create a spectacular looking entrance for your garden, then an arbour arch is the perfect way to do it. They usually look great on their own, but if you really want to go the extra mile, then adding an array of flowers to them will create an incredibly distinctive look.
Choosing the Right Arch
Arbours can vary quite a lot in terms of their construction and appearance, so you want to make sure you get the right one for your garden.
Below are some of the main things to consider –
Size is obviously a very important considering when choosing an arbour for your garden. Although most people like their arbour to be a centrepiece or point of interest, they don’t want it to dominate their garden. This being the case, you want to choose one that’s appropriate for the size of your garden.
Arched arbours are perfect for smaller gardens since they don’t take too much space but still look great and give you the ability to add flowers if you want. They also allow a lot of sunlight through and look good in many spots, including a lawn or patio.
If you have a larger garden, then you have the option to get a more elaborate type of arbour, such as ones that have benches. These generally cost more and take up quite a bit of space, but they can add a lot of style to your garden.
Most arbours tend to be made from either wood or metal. Wood is more common due to having a natural appearance that fits in well with most gardens, regardless of their style. Wooden arbours do require some maintenance however, especially during the winter when they are exposed to wet, cold weather.
Metal arbours are quite popular too and do have some advantages over wood, namely that they’re lower maintenance and can be painted in pretty much any colour. Metal arbours also tend to have thinner frames, which allows for some unique and intricate designs, suitable if you want to go for a more modern look.
How To Make A Rose Arbour
A rose arbour can add a lot of style and class to your garden and they’re not particularly difficult to create. Below are the main steps involved.
Selecting the roses
The first thing you need to do is choose the type of roses you want to use. There multiple types of roses that are suitable for growing on an arbour arch.
Climbing roses such as hybrid tea rose, rosa filipes, golden celebration and Gertrude Jekyll would all be ideal. It mostly comes down to personal preference and what colour you like best.
Once you’ve selected the type of roses you want to use, you’ll then need to plant them. To do this you should dig a hole at either side of your arbour, making them roughly double the size of the pots they came in.
It’s a good idea to use some fertiliser when you first plant the roses to encourage healthy growth.
After a while, you should notice stems beginning to appear. Once they’re long enough, tie them to your arbour using garden twine. This will encourage them to grow in the right direction and create a unique look that people associate with arbours.
Watering & Maintenance
Regular watering is incredibly important if you want your roses to grow well, particularly in the first months after they’re planted and during dry spells.
In addition to watering, you should also prune them as needed and consider using a good quality mulch to ensure they get the nutrients they need.
Chris loves the outdoors and exploring nature. He is a freelance writer and has written extensively on subjects including travel, DIY and gardening.