Enjoy a Little Romance
Build a Boundary
It's tough to get more romantic than a white arbor, picket fence, and climbing roses. The combination is perfect for just about any informal landscape -- especially if you have a cottage-garden style.
Say It with Flowers
A simple wire gate decorated with roses creates a pretty entrance -- and offers a clear barrier -- without obstructing the view. The entrance still feels welcoming, despite the bigger gate and arbor behind.
Create a Focal Point
What could be more inviting than a flower-filled entrance to your landscape? Here, climbing roses, verbena, and foxgloves create a charming entrance that just begs you walk through.
Play with Color
It's natural to look inside a gate -- especially if it's partially closed. Take advantage of that and use your gate to frame a spectacular view.
An ordinary wooden arbor can blend into your landscape. Make it shine by installing a simple gate underneath and painting it a playful color. Create even more impact by repeating that color through your yard.
Design with Shapes
Take advantage of old tree limbs to create a charming, rustic entrance to your garden. Here, the rough wood is a perfect partner for the irregularly shaped flagstone walk.
A simple grid pattern really comes alive when repeated in the fence, gate, and front door of a house. The grid pattern is accented by a rounded shape in the gate and gentle curve pattern built into the sidewalk (reflected by the giant container behind it).
Choose a Style
This charming gate adds a touch of whimsy to the garden because it's embellished with old gardening tools. It's a great way to deal with old tools you don't want to throw away or have to store in the garage.
This Asian-inspired gate and basic pergola lend a decidedly Eastern feel to this patio. Take advantage of structures in your landscape to help enhance -- or create -- a stylistic theme.
Work with Your Landscape
Give an old gate new life in your garden. Old pieces from salvage-supply stores, antique shops, or garage sales have loads of character -- and may offer great bargains to boot.
Add Color with Vines
This simple wrought-iron gate looks right at home among a bed of flowering perennials and a flagstone path. The simplicity is effective: A larger gate might distract from the natural feel of the garden.
While a white picket fence and arbor are beautiful, they can be stark by themselves. Dress them up with colorful blooms. Here, an orange climbing rose creates a dramatic focal point.