Trends in Garden Design

Only two years ago, we were writing here about Cor-ten steel in the garden. Since then, we have continued to design numerous gardens with a Cor-ten touch, its warmth and versatility as a material make it invaluable to us. 

However, with the rise in popularity of Cor-ten used in domestic gardens, could one argue that it is just a current trend, without lasting impact ?

One good example is the use of conifers: Very popular in the 1970s, they have been hated for decades by almost everyone in the industry. However, some Pine trees are starting to make a comeback, especially when used in simpler, restrained planting schemes. Pinus mugo and sylvestris can be shaped and clipped quite easily, plus, they offer all year interest whilst being very low maintenance. Likewise the last decade saw the rise in popularity of large swathes of ornamental grasses, following the “new perennial movement”. However, we are finding more clients asking for cottage style planting scheme with plenty of herbaceous flowers and fragrance. Let’s see if Roses will succeed replacing some of our well loved Stipa or Calamagrostis

So returning to the question on Cor-ten steel's longevity as a 'fashionable" material. We do believe thats it's here to stay. The warmth of it, its ability to blend in a more natural look, its strength as a practical building material, and its ever changing patina will always find its place in our designs, no matter the scale. 


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