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Building a rose arch - instructions, materials and planting

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With a rose arch you can visually enhance your garden. We will show you how you can build a rose arch yourself from different materials.

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Roses are a must in the ornamental garden. They delight us with their bloom all summer long and not only make the hearts of romantics beat faster. The queen of flowers is available in numerous different colors and varieties as well as in different growth forms. Highly growing varieties on a rose arch are particularly impressive. Rose arches made of wood or metal are available in numerous designs in garden markets. You will have much more fun with a self-made rose arch. We will now tell you how to build a rose arch yourself and which variations are possible.

Where to put the rose arch?

Do you love roses, are romantic and have your own garden? Then you can easily fulfill your wish for a rose arch. Before you start with the actual construction, you should clarify the location question.

Your garden is already laid out and planted? Then there is certainly a declared favorite place where you like to stay and maybe have set up a seating area. Also under trees or near the garden pond is an ideal place for your new rose arch. You can also span a garden path with one or more rose arches and create a romantic arcade.

If the garden is to be created, there is a lot of work ahead of you. It will take some time before the greenery and flowers bloom there. By setting up rose arches, you can quickly create eye-catchers and distract from the perhaps rather poor beds. Rose arches can give structure to the garden and help to facilitate the later division.

" Tip: Green rose arches with ivy and other fast growing climbing plants, then unfinished gardens appear well structured and less dreary.

Rose arches made of wood

Rose arches made of wood are the classics par excellence. Wood is easy to work with and by choosing different woods you can create a varied picture with several rose arches. From romantic and playful to straightforward and functional, everything is possible.

Even inexperienced craftsmen can dare to build a rose arch. They create a simple frame construction, which is screwed and provided with metal angles. If you build two frames and connect them together, your new rose arch can even stand on its own and thus be used flexibly in the garden.

Building a rose arch out of wood - step by step

You need:

  • four posts
  • two cross bars
  • five bars
  • four supports
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Steps for the basic framework

❶ Concrete beam shoes
❷ Mill the groove in the side parts
❸ Mill the groove in the cross bars
❹ Cut the bar to size
❺ Groove the latch
❻ Place posts in beam shoes
❼ Apply bolts to cross bars
❽ Attach the support for the cross bars

First select the location for the rose arch. There the beam shoes are concreted into the ground at the beginning. Measure the distances carefully so that the posts fit exactly afterwards. The concrete has to dry for some time. In the meantime you can deal with the construction of the basic framework.

The four posts, which are later embedded in the floor, are first given a groove so that the cross strips can be attached later. The groove must be milled in the width of the cross bars. The cross bars also have a corresponding groove. Make sure to add a bevel at the end of the strips at an angle of 45 degrees. The bars are also given the same slope, which are now cut to size and provided with a groove.

Now it is helpful to get a second person to help you. A cross bar is screwed into each of the two posts. Then the posts are placed in the beam shoes. Ask your helper to keep the posts straight as you secure the posts to the beam shoes using screws.

" Tip: Use stainless wood screws.

Now the side parts should have a secure stand. You can then place the bolts on the cross bars. Now is the last opportunity to align the construction and do any rework. Finally, the bolts are screwed to the cross bars. To make the rose arch more stable, use a support for the cross bars. The support should have a length of about 30 centimeters and is sawn off at an angle of 45 degrees. You attach the support to the posts and to the crossbars using screws.

" Tip: If you have not used stable and weatherproof wood, it is important to treat the individual parts with an appropriate wood preservative before assembly.

Material for the trellis

  • eight strips about 160 centimeters
  • twelve strips 50 centimeters
  • twelve strips 40 centimeters

Build trellis

First, the strips are brought to the specified dimensions. Here, too, the wood should be provided with wood protection beforehand, unless it is special, robust hardwood, which in turn is more difficult to work with. Then screw the individual slats together and fade them in order to achieve more stability.

Now the strips are laid flat on the floor. Make sure that the long sides are facing down and the splines are on top. Now the cross bars are connected to the longitudinal bars. Use rustproof wood screws and weatherproof wood glue for this.

Once the trellises have been installed, allow some time to pass so that the wood glue can dry well. Finally, the trellises are inserted into the side parts of the rose arch.

" Tip: Mount the trellis a little higher. The wood is exposed to wear near the ground and the plants do not get enough air.

The trellises are attached to the side parts, each at the top and bottom, as well as in the middle, using metal angles and stainless wood screws. Your rose arch is now fully assembled and can be planted.

Rose arch made of metal

In addition to the classic wooden arch, metal rose arches are also an option. These are more durable than the wooden bow and the variety of models and possibilities is also great here.

You can fall back on inexpensive and simple options and bend the irons yourself or have them shaped by a specialist. The metal bars are anchored to the floor. As already described, you can create a climbing aid with a wire mesh or you can tension individual wires at regular intervals along the side parts. Steel tube profiles create a stable connection between the side parts.

Simple metal columns cost just a few euros. If you create a connection between two irons, a simple rose arch has already been created. Romantic hearts will beat faster when looking at artistically crafted and stable rose arches with elaborate decorations. These can be purchased as ready-made kits and you then only have to carry out the final assembly.

If you want to try building a metal rose arch, you can watch the video below to see how this project can be implemented.

Rose arch made of bamboo sticks and logs

There are of course a whole range of possible variations. You can also get a fairly simple version of a rose arch if you use round wood, bamboo sticks or stable and straight branches. You also need four posts, which are connected with shorter wood or branches. Use either wood screws or metal brackets for fastening. With cross struts you create stability. You make the trellis from thinner bamboo sticks and attach it to the side parts.

" Tip: This variant does very well near the pond, where bamboo may already be growing.

Rose arch: wood and wire meet

You are not a skilled craftsman and maybe the rose arch should be your first own construction? Then this simple variant will appeal to you safely. First, four stable posts are needed here. Cut these to the desired length and impregnate them, unless it is weather-resistant wood. Anchor the posts securely in the ground with the help of concrete anchors and attach a crossbar to the two posts on the long sides as additional stabilization.

A connection between the two side parts is now not created by a wooden trellis, but by a wire mesh. Cut the wire mesh to size and attach it to the side parts. With this you create a climbing aid for the roses and at the same time give the rose arch stability.

Stability is important

No matter which rose arch appeals to you most, it is important to anchor the construction in the ground, because after all, the good piece shouldn't literally fly around your ears during the next storm.

The easiest and most stable way to do this is to insert beam shoes into the floor as already described. The rose arch is screwed to it and gets a stable and secure hold.

More decorative ideas of attachment

Plant boxes as a border of the rose arch. The posts are attached to the planters. The planters ensure that the climbing roses on the trellis are nicely planted.

A mobile option is to concrete the piles in concrete planters. Then, if you mobilize some helpers, the rose arch can also be moved around in the garden. If you take care of an appropriate height, the tub can be planted additionally and it is also an attractive eye-catcher.

You can save concreting if you place gabions around the rose arch, anchor the posts in it and fill the gabions with stones. This creates a decorative finish and at the same time a kind of wall, which appears particularly attractive if you want to use the rose arch to delimit the seating area.

Rose arches for professionals

Do you think classic rose arches are too simple? Then you are welcome to let off steam creatively. This does not only affect the wooden rose arch. If you have the tools necessary to machine iron and you also dare to forge, there is of course nothing standing in the way of constructing romantic and playful metal rose arches.

It does not have to remain with the simple rose arch. Wooden arches can be widened into a kind of arbor with a little skill. This creates cozy seating and you can enjoy the summer under a sea of ​​blooming roses in the future.

Plant a rose arch

Finally the time has come, the rose arch is finished. Now you can of course be proud of your work. But only with the right planting is the rose arch perfect and a real ornament for your garden.

Climbing roses are of course the first choice for the self-made rose arch. You can choose from a variety of colors and types. But a whole range of other plants are also suitable for nicely designed rose arches, so try the following options:

plantparticularity
passionflower© nurjan100 - Fotolia.com
  • grows quickly
  • can hibernate in mild regions
Sweetpea© Hanstography - Fotolia.com
  • grows quickly
  • long flowering period
  • great variety of colors
beautiful Ranke© PIXATERRA - Fotolia.com
  • long flowering period
  • can hibernate in mild regions
Runner bean© Kulbabka - Fotolia.com
  • grows up to four meters high
  • Beans are edible when cooked

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