6 garden gate ideas inspired by Monty Don's – you'll want to copy them

A great garden starts with great garden gate ideas. Take a look at these beautiful entrances – including Monty Don's gorgeous garden gate

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Today, we bring you garden gate ideas. Yup, they're a thing – we were inspired by Monty Don's lovely gate – you can see it below. Whether it forms the entrance to your home, is located at the back or side of your plot, or leads from one zone to another, a garden gate can be a fabulous garden feature in its own right. In other words, think of it as merely functional, and you’re missing a trick. 

Want some inspiration? We’ve put together some brilliant garden gate ideas you can use in your own space whether it‘s large or small, and whether you live in urban surroundings or in the country (or want the country look in any case).

For more great ideas for your outside space, head over to our garden ideas feature... and scroll down for ideas for a gorgeous garden gate. 

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1. Paint a tall garden gate to make pretty feature of it

back gate of Regency townhouse

(Image credit: Kasia Fiszer)

You might need a garden gate that’s actually a door for reasons of security, but that’s no reason for it to look forbidding. So copy this garden gate idea: choose a bold shade that draws the eye and you’ll transform it from barrier to beauty. Which colour to choose? You can’t go wrong with a tone of blue or green in the garden as it will be in harmony with its surroundings, or how about a sunny yellow?

B&Q Grange Croft Timber Gate, £87

Made from pressure-treated timber that’s FSC certified, this gate is made to last, and can be painted in a colour you love.


2. Choose a wrought iron gate for country cottage appeal

gate into cottage garden with bird house and rambling ivy


(Image credit: Leigh Clapp)

The advantages of a wrought iron gate? They have classic style you won’t tire of, yes, but the other big plus point is that as well as creating an elegant entrance, it doesn’t form a solid barrier. Instead, you’ll get tantalising glimpses through to the garden beyond. The result is that choosing one of these can create excitement about exploring even the most modestly sized of gardens. That's a garden gate idea we're on board with.

Wickes Chelsea Bow Top Steel Gate, £68

Treated to resist corrosion, this steel gate has traditional style and won’t impede views to your plot.

3. Pick a Mediterranean shade to add a splash of colour

Little Greene exterior paints

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If you've planted your garden with bright, pretty blooms, pick a garden gate idea that can stand up to them. An easy way to do this is with paint: pick a bold, Mediterranean shade (pink, yellow, orange) to match your blooms and brighten up your garden in an instant.

Wayfair Sol 72 Outdoor 3‘ x 3‘ Garden Gate, £43.99

Choose this pressure-treated design for the top of your garden path, and finish it in your own choice of paint colour.


4. Pick a rustic garden gate idea – like Monty Don's

The Orchard Monty Don

A photo posted by @themontydon on Jun 27, 2020 at 11:53am PDT

Think about how your gate complements the style of the garden – or the part of the plot – to which it leads. The gate that goes to the Orchard in Monty Don’s garden is rustic in style and complements the well-established trees and long grass beyond. Just picture a brand-new looking gate here; it just wouldn’t look as good.

Floranica Treated Wood Garden Gate, £64.99

Designed to develop a silver-grey patina after a year or so, this gate design has rustic charm.

5. Match the gate to the front door colour

18th century cottage

(Image credit: Colin Poole)

A garden gate painted in the same colour as the front door creates a smart entrance. What’s more, it’s a look that works as well for old cottages like this one, as it does for townhouses. If the gate and path lead straight to the front door, it can be an especially impactful choice, but even with a gate to one side, it’ll help give your home kerb appeal. 

Wayfair Sol 72 Outdoor 3‘ x 3‘ Garden Gate, £43.99

Choose this pressure-treated design for the top of your garden path, and finish it in your own choice of paint colour.


6. Frame the view of your garden gate with a hedge

flowers for sale on table at entrance to summer garden

(Image credit: Leigh Clapp)

With a gate below and an arch above you can make going through the entrance to your garden feel like a step into another world. You could grow a hedge above as here, but for a far more speedy solution, simply choose a gate and arch combination. You can then grow climbers around it that will soften the lines and bring fragrance and colour.

VidaXL Solid Wood Garden Arch with Gate, £76.35

This solid wood design has an arched roof and trellises on either side to create support for climbing plants. It would look great at the entrance to the path to a front door, or to create a division between different garden zones.