There are hardly a few things that can match the level of peace and happiness it gives that having a beautiful garden, working on it, and then admiring it gives.
The pure joy of arranging the pots, the furniture, getting the bushes trimmed, deciding the variety of plants, the lights and the birdbath, and whatnot.
Having a lovely garden feels good every day and can be a significant attraction to anyone who visits.
Therefore, having something unique, like a ‘garden bridge‘ can make the garden look amazing.
The fantasy-like aura that it gives, taking everyone back to nature, something like where Wordsworth walked and felt tranquil.
There is a lot that one can do with the bridge and near it. Here is a list of ideas for a ‘Garden Bridge.’
Backyard Bridge Ideas
1. Bridge with Borders
What is better way to start the list with a straight bridge with white-colored borders? The wooden base made up of planks, low-angled curvature, and strong borders make it sturdy, elegant, and beautiful.
2. Colourful Garden Bridge
Whether one is a fan of colorful things or not, having a splash of colors in the garden can always transform the whole aura of the place. Colored handrails and a contrasting base will make the bridge refreshing.
3. Changing Paths
Having a bridge that connects two different types of paths in the garden can make things interesting.
Walking across the bridge, starting from a gravel area in the garden to reaching a grassy portion. The tranquillity of walking in a garden this way will make the experience of strolling around in the garden even better.
4. Creating the Path
A blend of metal and wooden structure for the bridge is based on creating a path where none seems visible. Covered with thick grass or bushes that hide the bridge’s surrounding areas, the bridge crosses that area, reaching a calmer side, with controlled growth of the grasses, shrubs, and bushes. The Handrails have some metallic designs that look elegant, and the thin planks complement it all perfectly.
5. Bridge from The Past
This is an idea involving a handcrafted bridge for the garden. It is so small and fragile that it cannot be walked on. However, it gives the landscape a beautiful feeling. Using some ropes and logs, the bridge is constructed minimally, retaining the past design- how people made their bridges hundreds of years ago.
6. A Fairy’s Bridge
A small bridge on which only a small fairy can walk over. This is for those who like small miniature things in their garden and wish to add some figurines or something to this bridge.
7. Rocks Under the Bridge
Like the wooden bridges in rocky areas, hilly places, and such, this garden bridge brings that mountain vibe to the garden.
The big rocks can be bought and placed under the bridge and around to make the whole setting look rocky and beautiful. Under the bridge, a small dry, rocky river stream can be constructed.
That will give the whole setup more of a realistic look.
8. Over the Pond Bridge
This one will need a small pond in the garden at the very least. The pond can be as big as one can be accommodated in the garden quickly and peacefully. The arched wooden bridge goes over the pond.
It is a beautiful idea and will be even more worth it when some ducks or birds will come and take a rest in the pond. Some fishes can be added to the pond to make the whole setting appear naturally beautiful.
9. A Rocky Pond Under the Bridge
This garden bridge is what it sounds like. Making use of the previous two ideas, this garden bridge crosses a small rocky pond/river. This is seen close to waterfalls at times, so adding a miniature waterfall nearby can make it all look serene and otherworldly. Crossing the bridge or just standing on it will feel heavenly and tranquil.
10. Stone Bridge
A Garden made up of stones and painted is undoubtedly an elegant addition to the landscape. It is vital, simple in design, and the choice of color can give it a range of appearances- from being elegant or sober to tacky.
11. Crossing A River of Stones Bridge
Many people like to have lots of small gravels and small river-stones in their garden. This idea involves having a bridge joining one part of the garden with the other, with small stones below, near the bridge, or anywhere in the garden.
The image describes the idea better. The bridge does not have to be too high at all since the stones are small.
12. Across the Forest Bridge
It is just a symbolic forest. This garden bridge idea requires more than just having a bridge. There is a need for lots of small plants, big plants, trees, shrubs, and whatever else one wants in their garden, but to the extent that it forms a canopy or a forest-like appearance in the garden.
The wooden bridge goes across the whole forest-like garden and having a small pond under it will make things appear more natural and fairy-tale-like.
14. Over the Pool
For all those who have a swimming pool in their backyard or garden. With a wooden base and handrail, the bridge, when complemented with a neat rocky surrounding, makes the backyard look fantastic.
15. Over the Fishes
Having a pond dedicated purely to fishes of different species, shapes, and sizes and then watching them from above, feeding them is a pleasant experience.
Therefore, a garden bridge above the pond, a wooden structure with a classic light brown color, will make up for a great bridge idea.
Small, with three hands, on each handrail on either side, the garden-bridge is as simple and beautiful as any other.
16. A Round Bridge
It is not precisely round but having a very bulged, circular like appearance, from the base to the handrails. Having a metallic bridge for this one would be better, however wooden, or better, it is the design that matters.
The Handrails protruding and big enough make the bridge appear like a sun-shaped bridge or a sunflower inspired garden bridge.
17. A Bridge to The Entrance
What better and fascinating way to welcome guests than to have them cross a bridge to enter the house. For all those who have a front lawn or garden, having a bridge that connects that entryway of the house to the garden or a bridge that goes from the main gate, crossing the garden, and reaches the entryway is a fantastic idea to try.
18. From Among the Undergrowth
This is something that a professional or someone who knows how to make it can only make it. It looks like something out of a Tarzan movie.
19. Separating the Garden
Having a simple bridge, light-colored, elevated only slightly above the ground but separates areas of the gardens is something to experiment with. On one side an area for meditation and yoga, and the other side to walk and read. This garden bridge is for a peaceful looking garden that is well arranged and managed regularly.
20. Lighting Up the Way
A garden bridge with electric lamps is just the thing to bring beauty to the garden with ambiance.
21. A Way to Peace
This one is a garden bridge in its structure, but a bridge to peacefulness in solitude in its functionality. Having a small area secluded from the whole house, at the farthest corner of the house, facing the sun, or a lake, or just the sky.
22. A Metal Frame and Body
This will last a lifetime, only requiring few paint jobs from time to time.
23. Adventurous Garden Bridge
A hanging bridge that is shaky and wobbly tied up with ropes. It is undoubtedly a fun bridge to have in the garden. The kids will love it the most.
24. The Mysterious Bridge
A bridge that looks something out of Alice in Wonderland sort of thing. This one will require some budget and craftsmanship to pull off. Made up of concrete and metal, it can last a long time.
25. The Simplest Garden Bridge
The image speaks for itself in this case. Fast and easy to make, it can be used anywhere in the garden, when and if there is an actual necessity of a bridge or for decorative purposes.