9 Charming Garden Gate Ideas for Your Yard

Maybe you don’t have a fence so you’re wondering why you need a garden gate. You can still use a gate to define an entry into a garden area, or even to the entry of your home. Fence or no fence, garden gates add charm and interest to outdoor spaces.

White Arbor with Garden Gate to Front Door

Above, a hedgerow creates a natural fence. The homeowner added a arbor, railings up the cement stairs, and a white picket fencing to act as a gate to the front door. The structure adds great curb appeal to the charming yellow house.

Below, a smaller white picket gate leads into a garden with a little red shed with an adorable checkered roof. Hang a heart from a picket for added whimsy. You know you want to walk through that gate to see what lies beyond!

White wooden garden gate with heart and number plate (number removed). Red wooden cabin blurred in background, Hedgerows beside gate.


Here’s a class for you. A more elegant version of a white picket fence with pink heirloom roses scrambling through the openings, accentuated by purple salvia. The gate is flanked to the right by formal pillars. This is my dream of what the perimeter of a yard should look like.

Garden fence and gate with pink roses and colorful garden border


Everyone who passes by this colored pencil garden gate must surely smile and give a slight chuckle. Can you imagine the delight of the children who live here as they get home from school? Or maybe this is grandma’s house who wanted her grandchildren to know she’s the coolest grandma in town.

Garden Gate Made with Giant Colored Pencils


Don’t let an old gate go to waste! Use it as a structure in a flower bed or vegetable garden. I saw this charmer at a farm on our trip to Door County.

Old Garden Gate Used As Decoration


The scene below reminds me of Mayberry R.F.D. A little bit of algae clings to a charming fence and gate leading to the front porch of an older home.

Front Picket Welcome Gate to Older Home


There’s something about an arbor that leads to the front door of a house. My neighbor across the street had one covered in gorgeous roses. The young bachelor who moved in removed most of the gardens in the yard, but to each his own.

Arbor Style Gate Leading to Front Sidewalk and Door


A wrought iron gate always reminds me of the the southeast – particularly Charleston and Savannah. Especially when it’s paired with an old stone structure.

Wrought Iron Gate and Arbor Leading to Private Garden


Be creative with your garden gate. This one enjoys a small diamond window. Search flea markets or vintage and antique shops for pieces of old fencing to spruce up your yard.

White Picket Fence with Garden Gate and Roses


These photos have me dreaming of gardening! This year I plan to plant some pampas grass in the side yard. I tackle my bigger outdoor projects early in the season when my motivation is at its highest for gardening. Do you have any garden plans for this year? I’d love to hear what they are!


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  1. We’re planting some roses and hydrangeas. Also putting blue/white mosaic tiling in our old cement bird bath! The biggest part of our backyard relandscaping project was done last summer/fall. PTL!

  2. I have been looking at picket fencing and gates to put across my front lawn. I thought they would be cute and keep pets from around my flowers and shrubs. Thanks for all these cute ideas.

  3. I love garden gates and these are so pretty and whimsical especially the pencil crayon one. I love the second to last one too and am wondering what flowers/vine is growing on the wrought iron. Thanks for another great post.

  4. I love white picket fences, especially with roses growing through them. We have always had those in our front yards until the last two houses. Even though they are extremely charming, they become quite difficult to paint once the roses become established and are really growing on the fence. This last house and now our current house, we have gone the much, much easier route with the fake black iron fencing that comes in sections of about 6 feet long and about 3 feet tall from the big box store that inter link with a pole that pokes into the ground. They are beautiful, sturdy, extremely easy to install and never have to be painted. I know they aren’t white picket, but I still like them, we get lots of compliments and roses cans still grow on them. Have you seen these type fences, Jennifer?

  5. I started loving the gate with the red heart, then went to loving the one with pink roses. Then I reach the gate made up of pencil slats and decided it was the cutest. I’m not sure how you think of that on a gate, but it was genius.