Gates serve as the entryway to a garden much the same way the front door opens onto the living area of your home. Since the gate is used to go both in and out of the yard, landscaping both sides makes sense. Use scented roses and lavender which releases its perfume whenever it's brushed against, along with hibiscus for added color. Fill in with annuals for added color if desired.
Place a sturdy archway that is at least 12 inches wider than the gate and 7 feet tall over the gate. Cement the archway posts in the ground on either side of the gate for stability.
Dig up an area that's 3 feet wide and 7 feet long on either side of the gate and in the front and back of the fence. Add soil amendments, organic matter and slow release fertilizer. It's not necessary to dig the area right in front of the gate because nothing will be planted there.
Lay stepping stones under the gate so the stones are flush with the bottom of the gate but don't interfere with its operation. Continue the stones for at least 6 feet on either side of the gate.
Dig two holes that are 2 feet deep and 3 feet wide in the front and back of the gate on opposite sides of the gate. The holes should be about 1 foot away from the archway supports. Plant an early-blooming yellow climbing rose in the back hole and a late-blooming pink climbing rose in the front hole. The graft marks on the roses should not be under the soil. Plant them at the same level in the garden as they were in their container.
Plant a yellow hibiscus by each rose plant at least 3 feet apart. Plant another yellow hibiscus on the opposite side of the gate from the rose. That's a total of four hibiscus, two in the front and two in the back.
Plant three 1-gallon size French lavender plants on each side of the gate both in the front and in the back. The lavender should be planted between and in front of the roses and hibiscus. That's a total of 12 lavender plants: six in the front and six in the back.
Finish the new beds with a border of miniature roses in pink to contrast with the yellow hibiscus. An edging of white lobelia adds a nice touch. Use other annuals to fill in gaps until the bushes mature. Mulch the new bed to keep in moisture and cut down on weeds. Water until the ground is wet to a depth of 6 inches.