A gate sets a tone for the whole garden. It says “Come in” or “Keep out”– and really, either approach can be tantalizing. The best wooden garden gates tempt you to push them open. We’ve rounded up a few favorites:
Above: A gate in Mill Valley, California. On the other side? Paradise. For the rest of this garden, see “Rescuing a 100-Year-Old Garden.”
Above: A concrete threshold, with a tiny window that offers a peek of the grasses that grow against the side of the house. To enter, push a handle on the right wall. The entire length of redwood will pivot dramatically, like a giant door, to invite you in. To see what’s inside, see “Salt and Sea and a Garden.”
Above: A painted gate as a backdrop for potted succulents, pelargoniums, and herbs. For more, see “Inside the Secret Gardens of Venice, California.”
Finally, learn how to successfully design a fence for any landscape or garden project with our Hardscaping 101: Fences & Gates guide.