Great Entrances: 10 Welcoming Garden Gates

A thoughtfully designed gate can make an already welcoming garden even more so, and give a much-needed decorative boost come winter. Whether integrated into a fence's design, overrun by wildflowers, or a standalone element, a gate is an extension of your home's (and garden’s) personality—but that doesn’t mean it can’t make a statement all its own. We found 10 examples of gates that serve as a barrier to the outside world while still saying "come on in." Even if your gardening prowess hasn't yet produced the landscape of your dreams, these fences will still make for a scenic and inviting welcome to your home.

Door

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Repurposed Door

An old door integrated into your gate design makes for a grand entrance—and after the hours you've spent putting your green thumb to work, your garden deserves a great first impression. Carefully remove the glass before installing; it's not needed here, and the openness will make your gate more inviting.

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Rustic

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Wood Gate

If your gardening style leans towards wild and overgrown, you may want to consider a rustic fence. A custom-built wooden gate effectively achieves this look, or you can troll flea markets or junkyards to find an old, rusted gate to repurpose.

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Ornate

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Spider Web Gate

The spiderweb gate seen here elevates this functional element to the status of artwork. A variety of decorative wrought-iron gates are on the market, and they're a great way to show a little personality in your garden.


Related: How To Paint Wrought Iron

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Peekaboo

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Wood Door Gate

For those who prefer a little more privacy, a solid wood door and stone wall can turn your garden into a private retreat. Don't hide those gardening skills away completely, though. A small window lets passersby get just a peek without compromising your solitude.

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Perfect Picket

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Perfect Picket

Whether or not your garden is bordered by a picket fence, you can bring the classic appeal of this iconic design to any yard. Simply sink two posts and hang a picket-style garden gate. Nothing could be more welcoming.

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Screened Door

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Screened Door

A salvaged screen door provides a fitting, friendly entrance for this beautiful country garden. Unlike its solid wood counterpart, a screened door offers visitors a sneak peak and can withstand winds without issue.  


Related: 10 New Uses for Old Doors

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Recycled Glass

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Glass Gate

This gate uses a mix of materials to achieve a modern look that offers a lot of privacy. The combination of recycled glass and steel mesh creates an unusual textural appearance that encourages closer examination.

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Charming

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Purple Fence

A seemingly simple design makes a big impact in this garden. The gate's copper accents catch the eye, and the fence’s sweeping design draws attention along the garden’s perimeter, showcasing the plants.

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Stones

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Stone Gate

A classic moon gate pairs the fairy-tale quality of a stone wall with a romantic, dream-like view of the garden beyond. Stone is a timeless option for good reason—it stands up to the elements and develops even more character as it’s slowly taken over by greenery.


Related: How To: Lay a Stone Path

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Woven

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Woven Gate

The garden is the perfect place to get artistic—and this woven wattle fence does just that. It's no doubt a tedious and time-consuming undertaking, but the payoff is certainly worth the effort. The tightly woven branches provide plenty of privacy without overpowering the garden.

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