Tips on some of the best presents on offer for the green-fingered this Christmas – plus, find out what else needs doing in the garden this week. By Hannah Stephenson.
Under a fiver
:: Cupcake Stakes (Poundland, £1 each, available in stores nationwide. Stockists 0800 731 5622): If the gardener likes quirky ornaments, they can brighten up a container or perk up a border with these colourful cupcake stakes in a variety of colours and styles.
:: Novelty Kneepad (£4.99, www.gettingpersonal.co.uk): Ideal for green-fingered friends and family, a practical gift with a fun twist. Available with a range of novelty phrases.
:: myBunjee (£6.95, Perennial charity, http://shop.perennial.org.uk): The horticulture charity Perennial is offering this new device which fits on to any mobile phone handset and features an extendable cord that clips to your bag, coat or belt loop, allowing you to keep your phone close and safe while you are in the garden or elsewhere.
:: Mr Turf (£6.99-£8.99, www.thebalconygardener.com/020 7431 5553): If your man’s pedantic about his lawn, this may be the ideal stocking-filler for his desk. Mr Turf is a ceramic figure with a head full of grass, just seep him in water for an hour and then water every one to two days to watch his hair grow. He comes in five different designs and is only 8cm tall.
:: National Gardens Scheme 2013 Yellow Book (£9.99, NGS, www.ngs.org.uk): Anyone who enjoys visiting gardens during the year will appreciate this guide to more than 3,800 gardens which will open on behalf of the charity.
:: Enamel Herb Pots In A Tray (£14.95, Burgon & Ball): Keep favourite kitchen herbs to hand this Christmas in these stylish and contemporary pots.
:: Aged Ceramic Bird Bath (£18.50, www.thebalconygardener.com/020 7431 5553): This decorative blue and white birdbath will not only benefit your feathered friends but is easy on the eye too.
:: Decorative Enamel Watering Can (£17, National Trust online shop at http://shop.nationaltrust.org.uk): Traditional garden design meets contemporary graphic styling in renowned British illustrator Sally Elford’s watering can, inspired by the gardens at Emmetts and Wakehurst Place.
:: Piazza Decorative Planter (from £14.99 to £19.99, available in good garden centres and DIY stores, visit www.stewart-garden.co.uk): These lightweight stone-effect planters look great in contemporary and traditional settings. They come in three sizes and two colours, and are ideal for small trees, colourful flowers and tasty salad vegetables.
:: Gardeners’ Hand Care Tin (£25, Crabtree & Evelyn, www.crabtree-evelyn.co.uk/0800 111 4406): This luxurious new tin from Crabtree & Evelyn makes the perfect pampering present for any tired gardener with sore hands.
:: Willow Gift Basket (£24.99, Thompson & Morgan, www.giftstm.com, 0844 573 6011): This hamper is packed with luxury goodies, from traditional recipe biscuits and preserves to creamy fudge. Each product is made in the UK from natural ingredients and presented in a woven basket.
:: Boppers High-top Welly Trainers (between £34.99 and £39.99, available from garden centres and retailers across the UK): Fed up with gardening wellies? Briers has brought out these new, shiny-finish high-top welly trainers to combine casual, practical footwear with a colourful splash of fashion.
:: Extra Small Station Lantern (£34.95 www.culinaryconcepts.co.uk or mail order on 01252 852 305): This stainless steel, nickel-plated lantern is perfect for the patio or to create a cosy ambience in any living room.
:: Ciso Secateurs (Bosch, £39.98, from B&Q UK stores until Dec 20; RRP £49.98): Anyone who finds manual pruning difficult may appreciate this powered alternative. The cordless Ciso has an integrated battery and gardeners can glide through branches up to 14mm thick with the press of a trigger.
:: WoodBlocX Raised Bed (size 2250x1125x450), (£225.95, www.woodblocx.co.uk): Installing a raised bed is one of the easiest ways to create a new vegetable garden. These Lego-like pine blocks slot together easily and there’s no heavy lifting, drilling or screwing. Smaller beds start at £100.
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