small trees to form an arch
Dear all, I am hoping someone can help me on the right path to help me realise an idea I have but cannot seem to get off the ground with. I need ideas and suggestions.
Firstly some background. We live in a flat roofed bungalow about 14 ft high. At the front of the house there is a small path about 3 concrete slabs long leading to the front door. I want to create an arch at the end of this path that we walk under to approach the front door. My idea is for a single trunked tree opening into a wider top. I would plant one each side at the end of the path and they would grow up and as they widen at the top, join, and form a kind of canopy/arch. They would stand quite close to the house so cannot be to broad and as we do not want them to dwarf the house, shouldn't really grow to more than about 15ft.
I have seen arches created along and at the end of paths using hedging which is trimmed neatly and shaped into a doorway/arch which I like a great deal but feel that this wouldn't work because it would be too wide at ground level, and were it to work would need to be grown right up to the door.
There is always the open of buying an arch and growing climbers up it, but as I have a lot of climbers already in my garden I don't really want to do this.
Any ideas, suggestions, names of possible trees to further investigate, links to pictures, things to look out for etc would be greatly appreciated.