Gates act as doors into garden rooms. They can have spiritual symbolism and create the opportunity for a theatrical message. Even an implied gate, created by columns flanking an entrance, makes a strong statement. Gates should complement the adjacent fence structure and garden style and acknowledge the architecture of the buildings beyond. There are manufacturers that specialize in entrance drive gates. They can help you incorporate their structures into your landscape design. Gates act as a point of union between two different spaces and communicate the passage between them involves change.
I spent a few years working on a project for my state, where iconic monuments were planned at the interstate borders with other states. The process taught me a lot about gate design. Here are some of the main lessons learned.