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