Shopping for your garden
Treats are in store for keen gardeners, and those who just love to spend time outside. We've chosen tools and accessories to brighten the green
Sunday 06 July 2008
Water butt with watering can, £60, www.heals.co.uk
In anticipation of impending hosepipe bans, green gardeners should invest in one of these 36 litre water butts from Heal's. The matching watering can may be filled from the tap in front, while the flat back means it can be wall mounted to save space in small or urban gardens.
Thornback & Peel deckchairs, £109.95, www.handpickedcollection.com
No British summer would be complete without the requisite deckchair for lazy afternoons, whether on the lawn or by the seaside. These quirky designs by Thornback & Peel are a fantastic twist on the classic candy stripe.
Reg Chair designed by Stefan Bench for NaughtOne, £205, www.naughtone.com
Robust, elegant and highly coveted, the Reg Chair by NaughtOne is the perfect way to bring something bright and contemporary to your garden without going overboard. It's available in a variety of colours and finishes, but we love this season's lemon yellow.
Roberts Revival DAB Classic FM, £149.99, www.robertsradio.co.uk
The ultimate gardening companion, this modern design classic by Roberts Radio will provide you with hours of outdoor entertainment – whether you're up to your elbows in compost, or lazing away in the sunshine. The perfect portable size, with a handy carry strap, this model also comes with a dedicated Classic FM button.
Suede and leather gauntlets, £75, www.fortnumandmason.com
In Fortnum's trademark eau de nil coloured suede with matching presentation box, these gardening gloves will bring a touch of class to the most mundane afternoon pulling weeds and shovelling manure.
Eva Solo bird feeder, £37, www.ictc.co.uk
Fresh from Danish designer Eva Solo, this blown glass bird feeder makes a beautiful addition to any garden – whether you're a wildlife lover or not. Suspend from bushes, trees, or from the eaves of your house and fill with seed or other natural products.
Mambo bed, £249, www.ilva.co.uk
Not content with the humble deckchair? Then this sleek sun bed by Mambo is the ultimate in summer indulgence. Not only does it look fab, but it's made from maintenance-free polyrattan and aluminium and has an adjustable back – so you really get what you pay for.
Recycled planters, £7.50 each, www.pedlars.co.uk
Ethical chic makes its mark on the British garden this summer with these unique recycled planters. Made from heavy-duty sack and ribbon, they are extremely durable – and no two planters are the same.
Bradley's leather kneepads, £22, www.greenfingers.com
In recognition of the hard graft that goes into making your garden grow, these leather pads by Bradley's Tannery are a fantastic way to protect your knees – without the hassle of the traditional "kneeler". Each pair is handmade by local crafts people in Shropshire, using top quality leather.
V&A William Morris anemone print trowel and cultivator, £20, www.johnlewis.co.uk
A bold departure from your traditional tool set, this trowel and cultivator are a class above the rest in a beautiful William Morris print, courtesy of the V&A. Almost too good to use.
Beach hut, £600, www.conranshop.co.uk
Conjuring sandy memories of Punch & Judy, ice-cream cones and chilly seafront swimsuit changes, this retro canvas beach hut from the Conran Shop is a blast from the past. Slightly more sophisticated than your average, this one makes a trendy garden shelter, playhouse or somewhere shady to store food and drinks on a hot summer's day.
Gardening wheelbarrow, £32.99, www.homebase.co.uk
When it comes to essential garden equipment, you can't do much better than Homebase. This green gardening wheelbarrow is a good size, is made from strong polypropylene, and has a puncture-proof tyre.
Hunter wellies, £55, www.hunter-boots.com
If you're going to do Wellington boots you may as well do them well – and none are better than the classic Hunter boot. Just ask Kate Moss. With the advent of the "festival welly", they are now available in an array of colours, but we don't think you can beat traditional hunting green.
Bloom Lightpots, ranging from £117.85 to £568.69, www.madeindesign.com
Flowerpot, outdoor lamp or champagne cooler? An ironic reinvention of the classic terracotta planter, Bloom Lightpots are available in a variety of colours and sizes.
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