Saturday, February 14, 2009

The Allure Of Garden Gates

Gate's provide so much more than an entry from one outdoor space to another, they can be used for utility purpose's such as going from one field to another, to go from the front yard to the back, or to keep passerby from accessing your property. Sometimes you don't even need a reason to add a gate to your landscape, they can be used as hard scape in your landscape design. I think we have all seen gates that we simply think are so unique that we wonder why we have never installed one on our property. One of the best uses for a gate is to frame a view, those gates that are installed in a fence with a frame that is enclosed. If the gate is situated correctly, from a space further back you can look thru the gate to a vista beyond or a beautiful tree in the distance. Today gates are made with a much wider range of material than wood or wire fence. Craftsman are using antique items welded on a frame or metal cutouts that make up a picture. An old screen door can become a gate or simple bamboo branch's tied with hemp. The design is only limited by your imagine, even a plain wire gate can be dressed up with a wreath or a welcome sign. Salvage yards are a great place to find an old gate which can add some history and design to your garden.

1 comment:

Ching Ya said...

I wish I could have a gate like that. Or at least something unique.. here, are pretty much the same, pre-fixed. Needless to be a fancy one, at least not so.. well, plain looking.