Graceful garden arch trellises stand as sculptural structures that bring beauty and function to landscapes of all sizes. Consider a curved trellis for your backyard, patio, garden, or walkway.

By Ann Wilson

Create a Beautiful Garden Arch Trellis

Home gardeners and landscape designers value arch trellises for their interest-heightening silhouettes and utilitarian forms. The curved structures, which offer support for clambering ivy, climbing roses, and flowering vines, define entries, stand as garden focal points, and direct attention and foot traffic to targeted views.

Arched garden trellis designs can be crafted from unstained timber, painted wood, resin lattice, twigs and branches, and an array of metals. Some act as freestanding vertical constructions or as arbor gates. Others align against walls and fences to lend distinctive shapes to a garden's perimeter and to prop up plants growing at their base. Whether it's a practical or decorative version, arch trellises should complement a home's architecture and setting. Here's a look at 10 garden arch trellis designs that work beautifully on multiple levels.

Spotlighting a View

Location, location, location! Sight lines matter when placing an arched trellis in your landscape. This steely tower of a metal trellis was placed so its opening directs attention to the garden's focal point: a rustic shed crafted of stone. Equipped with a gate, the trellis also defines the garden's border and entryway, while encouraging vibrant flowering clematis vines.

Formal Forms

Gloriously Gothic in style, a pair of arched garden trellises echo the shape and details of a doorlike gate. Showcased against blue-painted brick walls, the decorative trellises boast plenty of cottage style. Weighty wooden posts with finial-style caps combine with broad frames and handcrafted latticework to create a one-of-a-kind structure that possesses a period-past profile.

Support Group

This elegant quartet of arch trellises matches the formality of an English rose garden. The interconnected white trellises stand out from a tall wall of greenery. Their soft curves and coverings of colorful blooms counterbalance the straight lines of the clipped boxwoods enclosing the border. Shaped boxwoods—aligned with the bases of the wooden trellis posts—repeat the trellises' rounded contours.

Crowning Glory

Enter here! A rose-flushed archway invites visitors to enter and admire a series of Mediterranean plantings. The curving pathway, garden trellis arch, and far-off mountain peaks compose a serene composition of bowed shapes. Roses sporting thick canes and white blossoms play up the shape of the arch trellis.

Sized to Fit

This substantial structure perfectly fits its setting. Designed to straddle the walkway at the top of the steps, this arched construction converts to a trellis with the addition of square-lattice panels installed on the sides. The unfinished trellis will weather naturally and blend further into the landscape as the vines it supports become established and put forth luxuriant layers of leaves and blossoms.

A Fine Figure

Good-looking arch trellises make a look-at-me statement even when they're not covered in foliage or flowers. Drawing attention to a garden stairway, a broadly arched wrought-iron trellis stands ready to support fledgling vines that are just starting to take hold at its base. The simply striking silhouette of the metal trellis offers a pleasing contrast to the lushly planted surroundings.

Color Coordinated

Who says arch trellises have to be white or brown? This distinctively hued beauty carries the turquoise color of the home's front door out to the front walkway. The blue-green paint color takes its cue from grass and sky, and emphasizes the arched shape (meant to stand bare of plants), which in turn makes the curved trellis a key player in the landscape design.

Fashionable Fusion

Wild landscapes call for rough-hewn arch trellises built from natural materials. Curly willow branches and hefty timbers compose a fetching fence that terminates in an unexpected archway. Look closely, and you'll note that the arch trellis's foundation consists of two trees standing on either side of a flagstone path. The trees' upper branches weave together to form the curved top, which supports a thriving leaf-laden vine. A gate hinged to one of the trees echoes the fence's organic look.

Come On In

Passersby immediately know how to get from sidewalk to house, thanks to an arborlike arch trellis that marks the entry. The trellis's sturdy design and lattice details suit both the home's historic architecture and cottage-style gardens. The mini arbor becomes the central component of a picket fence and a featured element in blousy perennial borders. Old-fashioned roses scramble up and over the arched trellis to accentuate its silhouette and bring cheery pink blooms up high.

All About the Journey

Arch trellises connected within a metal framework line up as a tantalizing tunnel that demands exploration. The striking construction frames a foliage-lined gravel walkway leading to a stone-walled outdoor room. Vines find plentiful toeholds on the structure; as the vines fill out, the arch trellis supplies cooling shade to travelers wandering down the garden path. Garden lights installed amid the plantings light the path to ensure safe after-dark passage.


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