Materials, Design and Finishes

 

Materials and Design

Our plant supports and home products are made from mild steel, welded to form a strong light structure that will last for many years.

The Basic Range has three legs that push into the soil to give a stable support for your plant. Each support is constructed from 8mm round bar for the legs and 13 x 3mm flat bar for the hoops. All edges are flush so they won’t poke you in the eye and they stack when not in use.

The Rose Tower is constructed of 10mm round bar for the uprights and 13 x 5mm flat bar for the hoops. It is designed as a permanent structure.

The Clematis Pyramid is constructed of 10mm round bar for the legs and 13 x5mm flat bar for the hoops. It is designed as a permanent structure.

Please see the Garden Products and Prices page for images of all our products.

Finishes

Four finishes are available:

Natural Rust

Mild steel left untreated will naturally rust and ‘disappear’ into the background, even in the early season when not covered in plants. It is particularly good for the Basic Range which are typically used for herbaceous plants and are only in the ground for part of the year. These products will last for many years given the size of the metal section used in the design. All standard prices are for a natural rust finish.

Galvanised

Galvanising results in a very durable bright shiny silver finish that will quickly weather to a dull grey. Galvanising stops all rusting and fades into the background quite well. It is particularly suitable for permanent structures like the Rose Tower and Clematis Support if you want to improve their durability.

Powder Coated

In powder coating, pigment is sprayed on to metal and then baked to create a durable hard finish. It is not quite as durable as galvanising and the colour will fade a little over time from weathering. Powder coating comes in any colour from transparent through to black, although most people choose dark green with brown or black in second place. It is particularly suitable for permanent structures like the Rose Tower and Clematis Support if you want to improve their durability.

D-I-Y

You can use Hammerite metal paint or similar to improve durability.

Pricing considerations

Natural rust is free and included in the basic price!

Both galvanising and powder coating add to the basic product cost – around £30 for a Rose Tower for example. They do look good on a permanent structure and if you assume a Rose Tower will be in place for 20 to 30 years (and likely far longer) then it is not much per annum compared with expenditure on potting compost, plants, feed, etc.

Jonne Ceserani - The Gardener's Blacksmith