Cor-Ten steel is a material that started out as a purely functional product, due to the durable nature. It was orginally used for items like railroad coal wagons. Thanks to architects such as Eero Saarinen and artists such as Richard Serra, we have grown to appreciate the content and its rich, variegated rusty patina and now use it for functional and aesthetic reasons. Cor-Ten is a popular choice not just for building facades but also for components in the landscape, such as fences, fire pits, pool surrounds, retaining walls, steps, planters and much more. Check out Cor-Ten in a variety of landscapes and see if your garden could use a bit rusty and crusty adornment.

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Cor-Ten is a weathering steel; after being subjected to the elements, the surface becomes a protective rust which never needs painting. It makes for a striking, low-maintenance fence.

Although Cor-Ten is otherwise very corrosion resistant, it is not completely immune to corrosion. If used close to the sea in polluted air or if subjected to standing water, it is going to continue to corrode past the initial rusting stage, and thus is not recommended for use under such conditions.

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Cor-Ten makes a stunning and practical background for an outdoor fire pit.

Huettl Landscape Architecture

“The Cor-Ten appears to rust more evenly than ordinary mild steel and consequently is frequently worth the excess cost for those cases where you would like a calm, consistent rusty color as a background or foil for plantings,” says landscape architect Joseph Huettl.

Feathery blossoms create a lively backdrop beyond these rectilinear panels.

Huettl Landscape Architecture

“We frequently pair Cor-Ten panels with blue-green plants such as Festuca ‘Elijah Blue’ or Juncus patens ‘Elk Blue’ for a superb comparison,” states Huettl.

Laidlaw Schultz architects

This Cor-Ten entry provides privacy and also a hint at what visitors will see as soon as they are outside the gates.

Hint: When using Cor-Ten, remember that runoff in the initial rusting stage can stain adjacent surfaces, such as concrete. This stage can last several years, so in the event that you decide to use it alongside these surfaces anyhow, plan on a stain cleanup after the rusting is done.

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“We adore using steel in the landscape due to its slight profile and that its natural patina reads such as soil or a different earthy landscape material,” says Dylan Robertson, owner and lead designer at D-Crain Design and Construction. “With great attention to detail and refined craftsmanship, steel can be highly diverse in the landscape”

Envision Landscape Studio

The layer of Cor-Ten in this landscape occupies the distance between the lower components and the tall fence. It ties a series of outdoor rooms together.

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In a fast glance, these Cor-Ten retaining walls resemble soil. Each one the horizontality, emphasized by the Cort-Ten on the slope, superbly blends the landscape as well as the Prairie-style residence.

Huettl Landscape Architecture

You can create large-scale landscape artwork with Cor-Ten; Richard Serra has been using it for several years.

breaux design group

A fence becomes a ribbon-like sculpture when it’s crafted of Cor-Ten.

Exteriorscapes llc

If you are looking to break from the wood rectangular raised-bed box, then think about using Cor-Ten to create some fantastic curves in a container garden.

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Cor-Ten is particularly striking in a dry, desert scene, providing continuity throughout and incorporating deep, rich colour that does not otherwise exist there.

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