5 Secrets to Using Metal Art in Your Garden

November 28, 2017 6:37 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Say, have you thought about planting something other than the usual begonias and tomatoes in your garden? A bit of ore, perhaps? Some nice alloys to complement your buds and bushels?

Hear me out.

Though it seems to oppose the spirit of the thing, having some metal among the greenery isn’t a bad idea. It can be for the sake of functionality or be purely decorative, but there are plenty of ways in which a metalwork piece or two can enhance your plot. To prove it, let’s take a look at a handful of potential options; some practical, some ornamental, and some a mixture of the two.

Flower Beds

Raised-bed gardening keeps soil in compact spaces only a few feet wide and lifts them off the ground, which puts your plants much closer together. Doing so creates a microclimate that minimizes weed growth and conserves moisture, extends the length of planting seasons, and oftentimes results in larger yields than conventional gardening.

To avoid the degradation that can occur when using wood — from insects, water, or simple, gradual erosion — for the walls and base, a raised flower bed made from galvanized steel makes for a durable, attractive alternative.


A bit of running water is, of course, a must for your plots, but using it to embellish your nursery with an extra touch of character doesn’t hurt, either! A fountain helps cool your garden down on hot days, gives you an opportunity to add aquatic and semi-aquatic plants to your collection, and attracts birds, bees, and other wildlife.

While stone is the most common material used for fountains, copper, bronze, aluminum, and steel also make for beautiful installations when they’re treated to prevent rust, and can give your space a distinctively classical, ornate look.


In the purely “for looks” realm of possibilities, we also have flowers: the not-so-real kind, anyway. They’re much easier to care for, come with no fears of wilting attached and can be found in just as many shapes, colors, and styles as the real thing. Add easy flair and personality with some fantastical (or more simplistic) designs!


On the more functional end of the spectrum is the trellis: an open framework or lattice that helps support and display climbing plants. Grapevines, clematis, ivy, and certain roses need room to spread to flourish, and the best direction for them to go is usually up! A metal trellis is not prone to the decay that wooden models are, and can give your garden a sleek, modern look.


Last but not least, let’s end with something that combines the best of both worlds. A sturdy fence is oftentimes a must for the discerning grower to keep out pets, children, and other unwanted visitors, and a gate is its centerpiece. Whether you care only about practicality or want something a bit more expressive, wrought iron, in particular, allows for durable designs that can be as elaborate or basic as you want.

There are plenty of ways to incorporate metal into your garden without it intruding upon its aesthetic or ecosystem, so why not consider a piece or two? Whatever you want to try, Steel Advantage can create something that’s personal and right for you.

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