How to plant a garden arch

Hi all

Is there any advice that you can give me when assembling a garden arch?  Do I just push it firmly and deeply in the ground or is there something that I need to do to help it stay secure?

Many thanks 

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  • hogweedhogweed Central ScotlandPosts: 3,949

    It will depend on what it is made of, how big it is and your situation - windy, sheltered etc. And to a certain extent what you intend growing up it - heavy or light climber. Give us some more details to help. 

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  • MarygoldMarygold Posts: 325

    What sort of arch is it? Is it made of wood or metal? It will need to be very firmly 'planted' if you are going to grow climbers over it.

  • Zo FZo F Posts: 26

    Good point!

    Its a metal frame and will join two separate gardens so is a little exposed.  

    As for plants, I am stuck on that too actually!  I was thinking of finding an evergreen plant and have also got a clematis that I thought I would also try growing up it to give some colour.  I quite like the look of large leaf ivy for the evergreen as I understand it's fast growing?

    Thanks for any help 

  • MarygoldMarygold Posts: 325

    Ivy needs something substantial to cling onto as it doesn't twine or use tendrils to cilmb. There are some evergreen clematis.

  • Zo FZo F Posts: 26
    Marygold says:

    Ivy needs something substantial to cling onto as it doesn't twine or use tendrils to cilmb. There are some evergreen clematis.

    See original post

     Thank you Marygold, how to does ivy climb then, do I have to tie it?  Sorry if a silly question!

    Is there an evergreen clematis that you could recommend?  I thought they all died back over winter- I do love this website for this very reason!  You can learn so much from other gardeners

  • RedwingRedwing Posts: 875

    If you post a picture you will get better suggestions of what to plant.

  • Zoomer44Zoomer44 Posts: 3,152

    I cemented the legs of a metal arch into plastic pop bottles and then buried the bottles, it added weight to the base and stopped it blowing down once climbers had grown over the arch.

  • pokhimpokhim Posts: 210

    I put an arch in may garden which separates 2 sections. I put a jasmine on one side and a climbing rose on the other. Hopefully they'l meet in the middle at some point.

    My arch which is solid metal was just pushed deep into the ground. It feels pretty solid!!

  • Zo FZo F Posts: 26
    pokhim says:

    I put an arch in may garden which separates 2 sections. I put a jasmine on one side and a climbing rose on the other. Hopefully they'l meet in the middle at some point.

    My arch which is solid metal was just pushed deep into the ground. It feels pretty solid!!

    See original post

     Thanks!

  • Zo FZo F Posts: 26
    pokhim says:

    I put an arch in may garden which separates 2 sections. I put a jasmine on one side and a climbing rose on the other. Hopefully they'l meet in the middle at some point.

    My arch which is solid metal was just pushed deep into the ground. It feels pretty solid!!

    See original post

     Good tips, thanks

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