|A rusty orb on stilts contrasts the spiky mullein; Dragonfly Farms, Bainbridge Island, Washington|
The colour of rust sits comfortably in the natural environment – like green’s complement red, blended with dabs of earth and bark. As with the orb above, even a smooth surface weathers into delicious textural variations. Rust hints of history and age, so that adding a rusty bit helps a new garden feel established. If you squint, you can see some poetry about decay and the cycle of life. Can’t you?
Corten Steel – the corrosion-resistant metal – is the rusty sheeting you’ve probably seen in gardens lately, as planters or edging. We hope you’ll find this other rusty stuff we’ve admired inspiring.
Tell us what you think afterwards: Rust, or bust?
|Rusty off-cuts turn a fence into artwork in Robert Bellamy‘s Dallas garden. See more of this artful space here.|
|We showed glimpses of Ricki Pierce’s amazing cog railing in our post on Wamboldtopia. Here’s a fuller view.|
|Rather adorable nest by Bob Wahr (get it? barb wire?) Creations of Poulsbo, Washington|
|The optical pop of laser-cut leaves in a rusty table, Asheville River Arts District, North Carolina|
|Rusty stuff doesn’t have to be funky. This rather elegant gate is from the Seattle garden of Jim and Suzette Birrell.|
|Rusty on a shoestring: This rust-touched vintage planter in a Toronto garden lends shabby chic to a rusty-flowered Clivia|