Garden Makeover Ideas Featuring Corten Steel
Garden designers love Corten steel. Time and time again, this durable and stylish metal features in award-winning garden designs. But what’s so good about it?
First up there’s the unique aesthetic; also known as weathering steel, Corten gradually changes from blue-grey to a distinct vivid orange-brown when it’s exposed to the elements. But isn’t orange-brown on metal just rust? Not in this case; with Corten, the fiery hue comes from a protective outer core that actually prevents corrosion of the inner metal. That’s the second reason why Corten’s a winner in the garden: as well as looking good, it’s incredibly durable.
So, how can you incorporate this must-have metal into your garden design? There are many ways, from small accessories to larger-scale landscaping projects, and we’ve compiled our top ten here. Scroll through to be inspired by these stunning Corten steel garden products.
One of the simplest ways to introduce Corten to your garden or yard is with a planter. From slim cylinders up to large cuboid troughs, there’s a Corten planter to suit every space.
Entertain alfresco for longer with a Corten firepit or table. Bringing warmth, a gentle glow and the crackle and scent of burning wood to your garden, a fire feature will transform the atmosphere at outdoor parties. The bright orange patina of the metal means your Corten steel fire bowl will be a talking point in your garden in daylight as well as after dark.
3. Water Features
Usher the calming sight and sound of water into your garden with the addition of a Corten steel water feature. Available in a wide range of designs, metal water features can fit the tiniest terrace right up to sprawling, palatial lawns.
4. Lawn Edging
Corten edging is a brilliant way to separate paths and flower beds from lawns. As well as looking like it’s straight out of the pages of a glossy homes magazine, this edging will last for years to come, and won’t rot like wood or bamboo. To make installation a doddle, go for Shark tooth Corten edging, which sinks into the ground in seconds.
Forget plastic and wicker: Corten steel garden furniture looks slick and lasts a long time. As well as offering a place to sit, this clever wood storage bench gives you somewhere to stash logs to burn on that Corten firepit when the temperature dips.
Working with a multi-tiered garden? Whether your home’s on a hill or you’ve decided to implement different levels to your space as part of the design, you’re probably going to need some steps. Corten steel stairs will stand the test of time and look good, too.
Stronger and more sophisticated than plain old wood, Corten steel fencing is a wise choice for a stylish and secure garden. Plump for plain metal, or look for laser cut designs like these to add even more interest.
As Corten steel increases in popularity, more and more decorations made of the magical metal are on the market. From silhouettes of animals to signs with life-affirming quotes, there are plenty to choose from. We love these hand-crafted Corten leaves from sculptor Eddie Roberts; they’re an easy way to achieve the Corten aesthetic in your garden or yard.
9. Bird feeder
Feeding the birds? Do it in style with this minimalist Corten steel feeder. Simply pop an apple on the central peg, spike it into place in an elevated position and watch your feathered friends flock for food.
10. Pizza Oven
One of the biggest trends in gardens for 2021 has been the pizza oven. Who doesn’t love fresh pizza, made from scratch and cooked in minutes? This unmistakably Corten model comes with smart log storage and an industrial edge.