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Climbing Plants on Arcades and Archways

Arcades are usually free standing elements in gardens or parks, which is why we have classified them in the category of 'other constructions' -- object greening. Here you will find various construction and trellising possibilities. Our sections on pergolas and canopies may also be useful to you. Some arcades are joined to a building or connect two buildings, and sometimes they act as outdoor corridors/passageways. See greening large structures for some examples.

Arcade with grapevine in Ebernburg
Arcade with grapevine, Ebernburg / Germany

Construction and Greening

Archways and arcades can have angular or rounded roofs made of wood or metal. They are often built in pergola-like forms. Modern, basic components are round arches made of steel pipes which are anchored in the ground on both sides, strutted diagonally (braced at an angle) and connected to each other above. There are kits available for such projects. You will need to add wooden slats or a wire rope arrangement (similar to that used for a pergola). How to green these structures? Take a look at the section on pergolas. The concept is pretty much the same.

Small arcade with vine in a garden, Göschenhaus / Grimma / Saxony

Photo Gallery

Here you can view examples of greened arcades. Please also see the photos under pergolas.

Arcade made of larch wood built in a historic style, greened with grapevines
Arcade greened with English Ivy
Archway with vine
Grapevine arcade over a garden path
Canopied passage with wild grapevines, Castle Giebichenstein / Halle an der Saale / Saxony-Anhalt
Arcade with roses, Castle Giebichenstein / Halle an der Saale / Saxony-Anhalt
Historic arcade made of wood, Göschenhaus / Grimma / Saxony
Modern steel pergola arcade with bougainvillea in Australia; photo: Barbara Steiner.
Large arcade greened with deciduous trees, probably hornbeam, Castle Lichtenwalde / Saxony
Arcade with grapevine; made by Atlas Leipzig GmbH, Mr. Stolle ("Marktwinzer zu Leipzig")
Details of the arcade from previous photo
Short arcade for climbing roses, Dornburg / Thuringia
Restoration of an old garden with arcade for roses
Cantilevered pergolas make an arcade, greened with ivy. This is a public garden design in Heringsdorf / Rügen / Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.
Greened arcade as a boundary for a green classroom in Lehnin / Brandenburg. Steel wire ropes fastened on top of stone pillars; project by Atelier Blümer / Christine Blümer / Potsdam