Louise Midgley looks at newly introduced products and plants beautiful enough to grace our gardens.
Rosa Dame Judi Dench from David Austin Roses
This enchanting Hybrid Musk variety named after one of Britain’s most beloved stars of stage and screen, is one of only three introduced in 2017. Rich apricot coloured blooms carried on strong arching stems bestow a delicious fragrance which combines classic tea with a fresh note of cucumber and a hint of kiwi. £20.50
Decorative fence panels from Stark and Greensmith
An ingenious range of architectural metal fence panels and garden screens has been launched by a new British company Stark and Greensmith. Not only are they hedgehog friendly, provide privacy and look incredibly stylish but are also maintenance free, wind resistant and will improve with age. Made from either recycled steel or powder-coated aluminium, the panels are available in 5 beautiful, botanical designs. Prices start from £208 plus VAT.
RHS Chelsea Flower Show Plant of the Year 2017 Dwarf Mulberry Charlotte Russe (Matsunaga)
It took 40 years for the Japanese breeder Mr Matsunaga to create this unique Dwarf Mulberry bush. The plant produces delicious, juicy, seedless fruit, over a long season and being compact in habit makes it ideal to grow in small gardens or in a pot on the patio. £17.99
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Wilko Garden Snuggle Egg Chair Rattan Effect
With room for two, this cosy outdoor seat provides a luxurious space to relax in over the summer months. Ideal for positioning on a patio, balcony or quiet corner of the garden, where the ultra-comfy cushions will help you linger longer when time allows. There is currently an offer of free delivery within the UK. £275 Wilko.com
Iris ‘Risk Taker’ from Claire Austin Hardy Plants
Claire Austin Hardy Plants introduced five new bearded irises this spring from US breeders. As holders of the National Collection of Bearded Irises, you can be sure these new plants are extra special. The distinctive blooms of Iris ‘Risk Taker’ have rich chocolate velvety falls, soft caramel washed standards, handsomely veined with mauve, surrounded by white stripes and dark orange beards. Each plant produces up to 25 flowers on slender stems. £15 each.
The Tin Hat Anderson Shed from The Posh Shed Company
Launched earlier this year, the unique design of this shed is a throwback to war time Britain when practicality usurped all else. The curved, galvanised, corrugated sheet roof gives the shed a distinctly retro feel. Its pre-treated timber doesn’t require painting but lightens to a shade of honey-brown over time. £1300