This metal was already known in ancient times as a component of the copper alloy brass. It was first described with the name zinc by Paracelsus in the 16th century. Zinc defies water, wind and weather and has been used for sheet metal, pipes, watering cans and plant containers since the 18th century. Zinc is also used instead of the more expensive silver in the manufacture of everyday and decorative objects. This “gardener’s silver”, as it is affectionately known today, fascinates with its timeless and simple appearance and goes wonderfully with the modern, stylish and contemporary garden exterior. It looks particularly beautiful in combination with pastel-colored and white flowers or green foliage and is a gorgeous alternative to silver. Zinc is a popular material because of its natural protection against corrosion and its relatively low weight.
The old, once everyday utensils made of zinc are now sought-after garden accessories, as our picture gallery proves.
When it comes to the garden and zinc, the first thing that comes to mind is the good old watering can. Over time it has been combined with other materials, such as brass, but will always remain one of the most atmospheric eye-catchers in any garden.
Flowers look particularly distinctive in the finest “gardener’s silver”. In combination with evergreen topiary plants, zinc vessels look extremely elegant. Old zinc buckets as well as zinc sinks and bathtubs live a second life when they are arranged and planted with colorful flowers. And so that there is no confusion in the garden, you could stick galvanized, weatherproof name tags for every special plant species in the ground, which are used for orientation and look very pretty.
Zinc lanterns conjure up atmospheric light not only in the garden, but also on the terrace or balcony. Galvanized lanterns can also wonderfully illuminate shrubs and secluded garden corners.
There are numerous, shiny decorative ideas with items made of zinc for your garden, which you can either buy brand new in any hardware store or, with a little more luck, buy them cheaply at the flea market.
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