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Making the most of a steel garden arch

Good morning, hope all are well.

I have 2 arches like the one below, for clematis. However I feel conscious of the fact that there could be more support for the climbing plant, like a pergola has smaller spaces? 

In one episode of Big Dreams Small Spaces the husband put together a garden arch like mine
but that looked like it had extra netting fitted - is there a way I can upgrade mine? Budget is a concern which is why I'm not re-buying.

Thanks very much.


  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,909
    Some kind of infill would definitely help the clematis to climb. You could try something like Freecycle , many people have had a clear out over the last few weeks.  Bear in mine that the weight of the net and the plants, even though it doesn't look like much, will add to the strain on the arch, so make sure it's nice and secure  :)
  • BenCottoBenCotto Posts: 4,491
    On mine which has similar spacing I just tied a few bits of twine between the rungs if the clematis was flailing around a bit trying to grip on to something. Within a couple of weeks it had reached the next rung which it could grip more securely and leaf growth had obscured the twine.
    Rutland, England
  • I have several of these in a row to create a tunnel and have put pea netting over them to support the plants.
  • *amazon*amazon Posts: 13
    Fantastic thanks so much everyone. I will cable tie on some good strong netting then 🙂
  • FireFire Posts: 17,318
    £12 is pretty cheap for an arch, but I find Gardman products to be of good quality. I use garden twine on my arch to help the clems twine.
  • *amazon*amazon Posts: 13
    edited June 2020
    Yes definitely a fan of Gardman, I have some lovely mangers from them.
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