Treat yourself to delicious new plants for the garden and discover recently launched tools and products for gardeners.
Pink ‘Highclere Castle’
If you look Downton Abbey: A New Era wasn’t enough for you, treat yourself to the new ‘Highclere Castle’ rose by Harkness Roses. A rich, deep pink, this repeat-blooming vine produces abundant flowers with a light fragrance. It is ideal for bringing a bit of glamor to garden walls, where it will reach around 3m high and 2.5m wide in ideal conditions, with flowers around 10cm in diameter.
Harkness has also launched the ‘Lady Carnarvon’ rose, a new bushy variety with pale pink and creamy amber flowers that change color with age.
Bare Root Roses, £16.99, roses.co.uk
Alstroemeria ‘Little Miss June’ and ‘Little Miss Connie’
Alstroemeria make superb garden subjects, providing cheerful color in beds and borders with flowers that last well in the vase. Two new varieties of Parigo Alstroemeria have been selected for growing in containers on balconies and terraces and launched at RHS Chelsea.
‘Little Miss June’ bears medium to large lavender-colored flowers, while ‘Little Miss Connie’ bears medium-sized blooms with yellow petals and a pale pink spot. They are named after the grandmothers of the owner and head nurseryman of Parigo Alstroemeria, Alec White.
Alstroemeria plant, £18, parigoalstroemeria.co.uk
New tools and products
Daylesford x Colefax Collection
The evenings may be approaching, but with the weather still warm, there is plenty of time for long, lazy meals outdoors. Tablescaping, the art of setting a table beautifully, took hold during the pandemic and remains a popular trend.
Daylesford Organic have teamed up with Colefax and Fowler to produce a range of tableware and linens with a strong botanical theme, perfect for entertaining in the garden. The Quince Garden collection is inspired by the Ditchley pattern from the Colefax and Fowler archives and 18th century botanical designs. All the tableware is handmade in Provence.
Daylesford x Colefax Collection, from £29, daylesford.com
Obelisk Janey Auchincloss Design
With nearly 30 years of design experience under her belt, Janey Auchinclos knows exactly what will work in a garden. His new obelisks, originally designed for a client and now available for sale online, are 136cm high and 58cm square at the base.
Each copper and brass obelisk is hot dip galvanized then acid etched for a patina that will develop over time. Janey advises sinking the obelisk 20cm to reach a total height of 116cm. Each obelisk is made by Gedding Mill Forge in Suffolk.
Janey Auchincloss Design Obelisk, £400, geddingmill.co.uk
When gardening journalist Clare Foster purchased a selection of auricula a few years ago, she searched in vain for the perfect auricula theater to display them. Eventually, taking matters into her own hands, she had a project built by a local carpenter and the classic auricula theater was born. Friends liked her so much they urged her to start selling them, and an online store, Bud to Seed, started.
Clare is now on her second theater design, this time inspired by Palladian architecture. The theaters are handcrafted in Dorset from sustainably sourced West Country cedar, measure 60cm x 90cm x 17cm and have a varying number of compartments. They can be treated with water and UV resistant paint or left raw.
Palladian Atrium Theatre, £250, budtoseed.co.uk
Seeds are full of mind-boggling potential and sowing them is one of the most profound acts a gardener can undertake. But the seeds are also usually small, valuable, and easy to lose or sow.
The Fiskars hand seeder is specially designed to make sowing easier. It looks like a thin and light trowel, but a groove in the center of the tool helps direct the seeds towards your hand. Meanwhile, a detachable part in the handle doubles as a stylus to pick up moist seeds, held with surface tension, and a widger to lift seedlings from trays. Measurements etched on the trowel help with precise spacing.
Hand Seed Sower, £6.99, fiskars.com