The definition of a gate is ‘a moveable structure controlling passage through an opening in a fence or wall, gateway, a moveable barrier, an entrance or means of access’.
As important as garden structure, your garden entrance should be inviting and attractive to create a warm atmosphere for guests. It can be formal or informal, open to the public or very protected and private. If there is no privacy fence, you can use a sturdy trellis or an arbor. Covered with climbing roses or other flowering vines it will become a focal point of your garden.
Your garden will have its exterior boundaries, usually controlled by property lines. When you create boundaries within the garden by dividing one part of the garden from another, you instantly create interest and mystique. It could be that you want to separate or screen off a utility area of your garden, separate the vegetable patch or perhaps create garden rooms. Boundaries can be made using living hedges, any variety of fencing or even permanent walls of brick or stone.
When you move from one area of the garden to another it is much more pleasing than seeing the whole thing in one shot. Your garden also appears to be larger when broken up into different areas. Trellises, arbors, fences and living dividers all add depth to an otherwise flat, boring site.
Including a garden gate is just one more way to create interest and suspense in the garden. Every gate welcomes you into a new part of the garden and frames what lies beyond. There is an endless choice of garden design ideas for gate entrances to choose from so finding something to compliment your personal garden design is no problem.
To give you a few ideas I’ve included photos of different decorative garden gates we have through out our garden. All were made by ourselves economically.
Since we are a daylily farm, most of my daylilies are grown in a separate area. This fine burgundy gate takes you from our personal garden into the daylily garden.
Another area is the vegetable and fruit gardens which are entered by a more utilitarian style gate. This area has a seven foot chord and net fence around it to keep out the deer.
From the dayliliy garden you can enter into the farm pasture where a wild path will take you to the edge of the canyon for stunning views of nature.
My favorite gate takes me from my garden world into the real world.