Corten Steel Planters

Corten steel (also called Weathering Steel) is a special steel which, after developing a thin coat of rust, is then so rust-resistant that it is used by engineers for bridge buliding. We think Corten is a terrific material for use in gardens. It has a superb reddish-brown rusty colour which sets off the shapes and colours of flowers and leaves - as the photographs show.


The beautiful colouring matures with age and is also dependent on it's environment. The patina can start with a golden copper and, especially if by the sea, will mature into an elegant auburn. The patina can be stopped from maturing with a sealer if required.

We like however for the patina to grow like the plants inside.

Weather Resistance

Due to the chemical make up of Corten, a very dense oxidisation layer is formed which protects the blue steel inside. If this protective barrier is comprised, it will simply form a new skin to protect itself.


Cor-ten was originally engineered for use in construction. Bridges, buildings and even buses all over the world are made with Cor-ten.

Completed in 1998 you can see the Angel of the North just outside Tyneside still standing strong above.

Your Planter

  • We can make custom sizes if you are after something specific. We're here to help »
  • Drainage holes are drilled upon request for free.
  • Unless stated, we make all our Corten planters in 1.5mm thick Corten for a high quality solid feel. They are made to last.
  • Planter's are delivered without having fully developed their Patina. Therefore there will be a period of rust runoff until the full oxidation layer has formed. Watch out for the patio until then!

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