A garden is something that adds up to life in our home, not only that it makes us feel connected to nature, but it also gives our house something to admire. Gardens can be a great breather, noting the fact that many of the houseplants we tend to grow have their ability to clean the air and can become an instant air purifier.

Garden Bridges however add sophistication and elegance to our garden, and most especially if we have (artificial or not) a pond, creek, or obstacle near our garden that we’d pretty much love to span with different styles.  The purpose of garden bridges doesn’t just end with an additional focal view on your yard, it can be useful to your plants; trailing vines and climber plants will surely love their new garden bridge, it can be useful to anyone that has to cross one space to another, and it can be useful to your furry pets. Garden bridges design may vary, according to your need or preferred custom design.

Though not every garden bridge is meant to be stepped on, when planning to build a garden bridge, we don’t just choose anything. We have to consider the cost, especially when we order it online and needed to be shipped; the design that we are eyeing to, and sizes that will fit in our desired place or garden. And here we will guide you to different types of Garden Bridges Designs. Ready?

15 Beautiful Garden Bridge Designs

Here are some beautiful Garden Bridge Designs that may help you choose or even spark up the interest in you if you are still deciding to put up a Garden Bridge anywhere in your humble abode.

Small Footbridge

small footbridge

A small footbridge best fits in small gardens as an additional design or trailing spot, it can also fit in small ponds to span up the length from that particular place to your garden. Normally, a small bridge is made up of woods covered with dark colors, or bare, and this bridge has no rails. There are also small footbridges that are made up of stone. Some small footbridges are not meant to be walked on, for its length is not that long for a walk.

Rustic Hewn Log Arched

 Rustic Hewn Log Arched

One of the most classic-looking bridges is the Rustic Hewn Log Arched, this type of bridge doesn’t usually have rails or posts and may look bare with a whole log hewn in half and assembled next to one another. This rustic hewn log is arched to make it look like a vintage bridge. This garden bridge will look perfect especially when you have stones around your yard or light brown to red soil.

Natural Stone Slab Bridge

Natural Stone Slab Bridge

If you are aiming for a unique but low-maintenance bridge that is meant to last for a long time, a great suggestion would be a Natural Stone Slab Bridge. This bridge is perfect for a garden, piond, or creek with a minimalist vibe. Since the Natural Stone Slab Bridge is flat, and without railings. You may put designs on each side such as big rocks, or stacks of rocks with some potted plants.

Cedar Bridge With Rope

cedar bridge with rope

If you wish for a clean-look accent on your garden or creek, Cedar Bridge With Rope can be your first choice. This wooden type of bridge gives a nautical feeling and is best with medium to large creeks, it gives a unique and beautiful look, may it be in person or on a photo. This bridge is one of the bridges that is photo-worthy and is best partnered with greenish potted plants.

Simple Concrete Bridge With Steel Railing

concrete bridge with steel railing

If the place you have for your garden footbridge is rich in grass, moss or has a tree with dry leaves falling around, the Simple Concrete Bridge With Steel Railing can be your best choice.

This type of bridge gives a fresh, urban, connected-to-nature vibe. Its simplicity alone will catch anyone’s attention especially when it’s designed with plants that have tiny flowers. It will also look amazing during fall.

Stone and Wood

stone and wood

When deciding for something bare to blend in your creek, pond, or your greenery at home, Stone and Wood could surely be a great partner. This garden footbridge looks best with stone base and wooden railings to make it look interesting. A few more potted or trailing vines on each side can help boost the look of the bridge.

Wooden Bridge with Raised Pathway

wooden bridge

Lush greenery is also the best with Wooden Bridge with Raised Pathway. This bridge is actually stylish due to its raised pathway that boosts the look of the bridge. And since it is wooden, this is another bridge that can give you an urban life and nature feeling. This bridge is also good with green, flowering potted plants.

Iron Arched and Wood Bridge

iron arched and wooden bridge

Say hello to another perfect combination of Iron Arched and Wood Bridge. A simple but catchy bridge that gives an elegant accent to your little pond or creek, or even man-made pool because the bridge is an arched wood with iron railings. This type of design looks aesthetic and can be the favorite view of your backyard.

Rustic Wagon Wheel

rustic wagon wheel bridge

A little farm, or ranch feel, Rustic Wagon Wheel bridge is perfect for your backyard garden view. This wooden bridge is perfect for almost any kind of obstacle or garden. Its arched wooden bridge with a huge wagon wheel divided in half serves as its railings. The railings doesn’t always have to be a literal Wagon Wheel, but simply a wood or log designed like a wheel.

Rustic Wooden Bridge over a pond

rustic bridge

Opting for an expansive bridge that will serve as a pathway to cross the pond, leading to the other part of the garden, this can be your cheapest, most vintage look choice.

Rustic Wooden Bridge over a pond gives out a simple yet outstanding look. Everything about this bridge is made up of a wooden structure, including the railings. This bridge will look outstanding when designed with followers on either side.

Sophisticated Dark Wooden Bridge

dark wooden bridge

Nothing never fits in black. So a Sophisticated Dark Wooden Bridge will definitely add sophistication to your garden, or over the water. Best with decorated hanging flowers on the railings, this type of dark colored wooden bridge will be the next favorite pathway in your home.

Contemporary Flagstone Bridge

flagstone garden bridge

This bridge will already look great without railings. Though if you prefer to have railings attached, it can surely be done without compromising the look of a Contemporary Flagstone Bridge. When water is below, the flagstone’s view will be boosted and will look amazing  decorated with colorful plants on either side.

Stone Garden Bridge

stone bridge

Another low-maintenance bridge that doesn’t require so many designs, and can ever be placed when you need a longer, stronger bridge, the Stone Garden Bridge is undeniably a good idea. Stone Garden Bridge is a bridge made up of thick and long slab stone. It will look natural on zen gardens, or any garden that has huge rocks as a foundation below, or designs on either side.

Chinese Red Bridge

chinese red bridge

Catchy and adorable, the Chinese Red Bridge will catch up with your garden or can be your focal landscape view. A bridge, depending on the structure, is colored in Chinese Red that serves as a face turner of your garden. This type of bridge usually carries a clean and refreshing look, whether the color is done on the railings, on the base, or the whole part of the bridge.

Dark Bridge with Slim  Posts and Large Rocks on Either Side

dark garden bridge with stones on the other side

Last on the list is the color that gives elegance and sophistication too. A Dark Bridge with Slim Posts and Large Rocks on Either side is actually everything you can have built without decorating the bridge so much.

Made up of wood finished in dark color, the railings of this bridge can be made of metal, iron, or the same wooden built but still painted in dark color. This bridge can be ornamented with large rocks on either side, and has slim posts that you may place a little basket or plant for additional design.

Final Thought

There are a few things to consider when building a bridge such as the engineering, if you choose not to DIY your bridge, or if you choose to have a unique and elegant bridge structure. Sure, any design of bridge can be placed along your backyard, or garden, or expand pathways as an additional accessory. But there are bridges that can be the best fit depending on which type of garden you have.

You don’t have to look for hundreds of designs to choose from. You may have ten designs narrowed down and may play with the structure’s combinations and colors, and DIY everything that can be designed on the sides to make it look more stunning and boosted.


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