Rust Never Sleeps: Recent Work by Dustin Gimbel

Congratulations to Dustin Gimbel of Second Nature Garden Design for the recent write-up in The Orange County Register on his landscape design work at a Huntington Harbor, California, home.

If pets are chewing or foot traffic stomping your prize succulents, here’s a dramatic solution to safeguard every ruffly, curvaceous leaf.


Cindy McNatt wrote the piece, entitled “Steeling yourself for the modern experience,” and MB Maher provided the photos.

AGO previously profiled Dustin here.

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7 Responses to Rust Never Sleeps: Recent Work by Dustin Gimbel

  1. Kathy says:

    Wow.I have access to rusted pipes-they are used as end posts in the vineyards. Never occurred to me to use them as planters..yipee!

  2. Grace says:

    As a huge fan of the rusty patina, I call it my “lust for rust.” These sedum-bedecked pipes are way cool. My wheels are turning.

  3. Jillian says:

    These are gorgeous looking. I actually have a few such posts in my yard, remnants left behind by the blacksmith who owned my home before me. I’ve planted mounding violas in mine. They cascade beautifully out of the openings. If I lived somewhere warmer, succulents would be a lovely option.

    The large awning I’m currently growing climbing roses over in my back yard is made of the same stuff. I think the patina is romantic, rustic and soulful.

  4. Scott Weber says:

    Love, Love, Love these! I really adore rusty items i a garden, it’s such a strong color and texture!

  5. Denise says:

    So glad you all like Dustin’s work.
    Grace, I do remember your “lust for rust.” You find such amazing things for your garden.
    Jillian, your rose arbor sounds wonderful.
    I agree, Scott, that the texture and color of the rust really enhances these plants.

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