This spring, I've been sent several garden tools and other garden products to test for review. I enjoy this, because once in awhile, I receive a product that I not only like, I really like it and I want to tell others about it. Such is the case with the garden torchier that I received recently from Koopmans Gardenworks.
Based in Batavia, Ohio, Koopmans' torchier is a simple design, but the quality with which it's made is outstanding. When I first unboxed it and put it up in my garden, I wondered to myself whether or not the heavy clay bowl was going to stay on the stand it came with. But I needn't have worried. This is a heavy-duty steel post (with a beautiful powder coat finish), with a Quadri-Stab base that stabilizes the whole thing when you put it in the ground.
The clay bowl (sold separately) is a very nice heavy Italian terra cotta. Mine came with a hole drilled in the bottom for drainage, as well as a larger one in the center, where the base inserts. But you can use any bowl as long as it has a center hole large enough for the 5/8-inch base centering pin.
|Japanese Fantail Willow |
(Salix sachalinensis 'Sekka')
Under the willow, a nice thick mat of variegated creeping buttercup (Ranunculus repens 'Buttered Popcorn') developed over the years and the kitties loved to nap in it under the tree. Without the willow there, the buttercup looked rather out of place, like something was missing.
|This is how it looks right after I planted it. When the plants mature in a few |
weeks, I think it will look even better! This is the 24" base with an 18" bowl.
So the garden torchier found a home and I really like how it looks in the middle of the buttercup. I planted it with trial plants I received from Proven Winners the week before - Spiraea Double Play® Gold went in the center, surrounded by Superbells® Sweet Tart Calibrachoa and Superbena® Royale Iced Cherry Verbena. Since the Spiraea is a perennial shrub, I'll plant it in the ground this fall. For now, it's small enough to use in this container.
|Superbells® Sweet Tart Calibrachoa and Superbena® Royale Iced |
Cherry Verbena by Proven Winners
The garden torchier was just the thing I needed to replace the willow. (The location was a bit crowded for the tree anyway.) I can plant it up differently each year to give the area a change in looks.
Koopman's is a family-owned business and they've been selling the torchier since 1977. The base is made in the U.S. and has a 10-year warranty. The company will even refund your purchase price plus the initial shipping cost if you don't like it after 30 days. But I'm betting they haven't had to make good on that very often, if at all. This really is a quality product, all the way around.
For more information, you can visit their website at KoopmansGardenWorks.com. It is also offered for sale at Horticulture magazine's Gardener's Hub.
I received the Koopmans Garden Torchier free of charge for the purpose of trying it and reviewing it. I also received the plants from Proven Winners as part of their trialing program at no charge to me. As always, the opinions expressed here are my own, unless otherwise quoted.