Wooden Rose Arch

Garden arches make interesting features in garden design. Use them to separate different ‘garden rooms’, or to give some height to a newly planted garden, or even just to grow climbing plants up them. It is worth investing in a good quality arch as cheap ones often rot very quickly, or are not strong enough to take the weight of the plants growing up them.

wooden rose arch, circular island bed
Wood rose arch used to separate garden areas

We purchased this wooden garden arch to replace a cheap metal arch that rusted very quickly.

This Moonlight rose arch is made from pressure treated FSC certified wood and comes with 10 year guarantee against rot. However, to help preserve it, we decided not to bury the support posts in the ground and used metal post supports with long spikes instead. The arch itself was easy to construct and made of good quality wood and the plants are well supported.

The difficult part was hammering the metal posts into our clay soil without them twisting and making the arch look lopsided. It might have been easier if we had chosen to set them in concrete, but after a few attempts it looked fine.

wooden posts in post supports
Metal post supports will protect the wood for longer

On one side I am growing a climbing rose called High Hopes, together with Clematis florida Flore-pleno. On the other side is a climbing rose called Casino and Dr Ruppel clematis.

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