Yearly Archives: 2015

Growing bamboo in corten steel planters

Bamboo can be grown in corten steel planters provided a few simple steps are taken to provide the right conditions.  It is important to select the correct species of bamboo for your location, application and climate.  For this you should consult your local bamboo grower.  For this project Spectabilis bamboo was used.

Proper drainage is vital for healthy bamboo.  Our trough corten steel planters come with 6 drain holes that are 1” in diameter.  Also, should it become necessary, it is relatively easy to cut out additional holes for drainage or irrigation tubing.

Because metal absorbs heat we recommend insulating the walls of the planter to protect the roots of the bamboo on hot summer days.  Corrugated plastic can be used to insulate the inside walls of the steel planter.  Corrugated plastic is a good choice as it will create an air gap between the roots of the bamboo and the hot metal.  Plastic sheets can be easily cut to size by a utility knife to fit inside the planter box.  The plastic sheets can be purchased from a local sign supply retailer or online.

The roots of bamboo need room to grow, so choose a container that has space for the roots to thrive.  The 20”Hx46”Lx20”W corten planters have 80 gallons of volume to accommodate many species of bamboo.

Taking care of these few key points can assure that you are successful at growing beautiful bamboo in corten steel planters.

grwoing bamboo in corten steel planters

corten steel square planters bamboo california

Corten steel raised planter beds

Raised garden beds and planters are great for growing plants and vegetables.  Corten steel garden beds are an excellent way to add some modern garden pieces to your backyard and grow some delicious vegetables at the same time.

Our retail corten steel planter bed has perfect dimensions at 14″ high and 40″x40″ long and wide.  Makes for easy weeding and is convenient to reach all plants.  Also, it is big enough to have plenty of soil volume that it will not dry out on a hot summer day. Very sturdy and easy to assemble. It has no bottom and is designed to be placed directly on the ground.  Install the bottom edges of the planter at ground level and do not bury them in the soil completely.

growing vegetables in corten steel planter beds


Also, the same design can be fabricated with custom dimensions.  Here are two such corten steel raised garden beds with custom dimensions of 60″long x 36″ wide x 26″ high

custom corten steel planter beds

Selecting plant colors for metal planters

On my recent trip to San Francisco for our new bench top planter photo shoot I had a dilemma; which plants look good with rust and corten steel and which plants would look good with charcoal gray finish?  Luckily I had the help of my friend and garden designer Dat Pham.  On our trip to the local nursery Dat picked out a cart load of plants and explained that red and orange plant colors would work great with rust accents of the corten steel planter, and green silver colors of plants would look fantastic with the clean look of powder coated charcoal gray.  As a side note, if you need to achieve the wild rust colors that are in these pictures, the only way to do that is to acid wash the corten steel. Naturally, corten steel will form a very even and uniform rust color and texture.

If you are in the San Francisco area and need help with garden design, plant selection, or would like to check out the planters in these pictures, stop by Dalat Design and talk to Dat.  He will blow your funky mind.

corten bench planter gray aluminum planter bench

Rectangular powder coated aluminum planters with gravel rock Arizona