Original wrought iron is the purest form of iron used in the arts, prized because it is easy to hammer into intricate designs and lasts for centuries. Now made of steel, lacy planters and patio furniture are molded to look like hammered wrought iron. For gardeners, the open design of decorative wrought iron planters allows pots to drain, keeping plants healthy. Wrought iron adds a rustic, hand-wrought look to your garden and requires minimal care.
Wrought iron planters are usually a decorative pedestal. Since modern wrought iron is susceptible to corrosion and rust, stands keep the metal away from moisture. Models include single pots or stands that support plants on a shelf. Tiered planters come in freestanding spirals or basket designs that support several plants, add artistic elements to your landscape and can be placed where you need to add color.
Wrought iron planters also come in designs than can be attached to walls. These are particularly attractive with brick or stone walls, where the rustic look of the wrought iron complements the wall. They can be a sconce design that hugs the wall or a graceful arched hangar to add greenery and bright flowers placed to brighten the wall singly or in groups or rows.
Decorative wrought iron window boxes and planters that hang from balconies or deck railings add interest and color to your home and garden. The graceful curves of the wrought iron can be painted to complement your color scheme. Add a moss liner, fill with potting soil, add plants and keep moist for beautiful flower displays. The decorative planter designs are attractive all winter.
Baskets of wrought iron hung under eaves, along walkways or from a porch overhang at the front door are decorative all year. Filled with flowers and vines during the growing season, they add color high above other garden plants. Left to hang during the winter, they add a delicate wrought iron design to enhance your décor.
While easily shaped with heat and hammer, modern wrought iron oxidizes when in contact with water. Ancient wrought iron is weather resistant but expensive and seldom used for modern planters. These are usually of steel worked to resemble wrought iron. This steel is subject to corrosion and rust, so is coated with rustproof paint to prevent oxidation. Traditional colors are black or white, but you can use colors that fit your home and garden color scheme. Planters should be inspected annually for scratches or signs of rust. These areas should be sanded and repainted.