Bring your garden back to life
Our gardens are quickly becoming our pride and joy, and at this time of year there is plenty to get done.
For green-fingered gardeners, we’ve picked out clever planting solutions, beautiful blooms and practical tools.
Meanwhile, for those who would rather lounge in the shade with a good book, there are extra deck-adent chairs, outdoor dining tables and pretty hanging lights.
Let’s get growing.
Sophie Conran Indoor Watering Can
Carry the can
Now we’re well into British Summer Time your outdoor and indoor
plants will need a lot more watering as they start putting on new growth, fast.
Up your game with this stylish Sophie Conran 1.7-litre watering can (pictured above), great for greenhouses and inside.
Buy it for £24.99 from Burgon & Ball. Ooni Karu 12 Pizza Oven
Get a pizza the action
The new barbecue? This pizza oven makes puffy, sourdough pizzas in 60 seconds. Powered by wood, charcoal or gas, the multi-fuel oven reaches 500C in 15 minutes, for perfect stonebaked pizzas and flatbreads, without taking up much space.
Buy it for £299 from Dobbies. Cosmos Cupcakes (15 garden-ready plants)
The Cosmos Cupcake is a gorgeous variety with a delicate, cup-like flower that will waft in the breeze from July to October.
Buy it for £11.99 from Thompson & Morgan. The Ravenna Double Deck Chair
What could be more decadent than a deck chair? Well, a double deck chair — with head pillows!
The Ravenna launches this week, in grey canvas and acacia wood, with an adjustable recline. And, like a classic deck chair, it folds flat for easy storage.
Buy it for £195 from Cox & Cox. Hawkesbury Border Spade
This stainless steel and ash spade, slightly smaller than usual, is ideal for digging landscape borders and working in raised beds or smaller spaces.
Buy it for £38 from Garden Trading. Eucalyptus Dining Table And Benches
This sleek eucalyptus dining table and two benches from Wilko would look just as good inside as out, and is perfect for contemporary spaces.
Buy it for £349 from Wilko. In-store only.
Habitat Solar Filament Light Bulbs
Brighten up (Picture: David Helsby)
Habitat’s clip-on solar lights can be charged up during the day, then hung from the inner frame of your garden table umbrella to get your patio ready for cocktail hour.
Buy it for £20 (pack of four) from Argos. Gardener’s Goodies Basket
If you’re looking to surprise a green-fingered friend, you’ll love Rory & Ruby’s new range of gardening hampers. The Gardener’s Goodies Basket is a woven trug packed with sustainable kit including garden scissors, twine, gardener’s soap and a nail brush. The children’s Budding Gardener’s Basket contains a child-size trowel, fork, paper pot mould and plant labels.
Buy it for £50 (£55 for Budding Gardener’s Basket) from Rory & Ruby. Wooden Cold-Frame Greenhouse
Now is the time to start getting your seedlings acclimatised to the garden. A cold-frame greenhouse is ideal for protecting tender plants at night while temperatures are still chilly, but can be opened by day to help your plants ‘toughen up’.
Buy it for £30 from Wilko. Gardeners Planting Ruler
The rule of law (Picture: Niels van Gijn)
Social distancing is just as important for plants as it is for people — the correct spacing of your seeds will help to prevent diseases and pests, as well as giving them room to grow.
A planting ruler will get the spacing right when you sow your vegetable and flower seeds.
Buy it for £11 from National Trust.
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