A garden gate serves two purposes: functionality and beauty. Primarily, a garden gate is used to keep a garden safe from animals who might like to munch on plants and flowers. The gates also serve as an expression of the gardener's personality: a glance at a garden gate can tell you something about the gardener who put it up. There are several styles of garden gates; choose one that best reflects who you are.
Metal garden gates are made of iron, aluminum, brass or steel. Wrought iron garden gates give a garden a Gothic feel. Dark, heavy, and scrolled, a wrought iron garden gate looks best surrounding large, lush gardens.
Aluminum garden gates are utilitarian and rarely has any artistic flair. Typically straight and slatted, an aluminum gate gives a look of industrial minimalism to a garden.
Wooden Garden Gates
Most yard fences are made of cedar or pine. A wooden garden gate looks best when it matches the other fence boards in the yard. The exception is if the garden is not butted up against the fence (such as in a very large yard). Wooden garden gates look best when they are half-height (3 feet tall).
The most popular form of a wooden garden gate is the white picket gate, which is usually made of cedar. The white picket fence gate looks best with a garden full of colorful blooms.
Zen Garden Gates
A Zen garden is a place of peace and solitude. They typically have stones, statues, and delicate flowering plants. Zen gardens are eco-friendly, and very nature-oriented.
A bamboo garden gate is eco-friendly and works well with a zen or Asian-themed garden. Bamboo garden gates can be placed under an arbor or pergola, to create a threshold into the garden.
Alternately, a garden gate for a zen garden could be made of found drift wood or woven reeds, to keep with the peaceful, natural environment.