Christmas gifts for gardeners

For those on your Christmas list who take pride in their garden, the ideas below make for perfect presents.

CREATIVE CRATES
Send a Passion Pack of hardy passionflower plant, a supply of fresh passion fruits and a bottle of champagne, all packed in a crate with your special message, £62. Other imaginative treats from The Gluttonous Gardener include Give A Fig, £35, with a potted fig tree and fig jam, and Nut Case, a cobnut tree plus choc-coated hazelnuts, £38. From glut.co.uk (020 8627 0800). Last orders by December 22. 

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Festive fizz: Say it with flowers and champagne, courtesy of a crate from The Gluttonous Gardener


THROW A HEN PARTY
A trio of rusty red hens makes a delightful feather-free menagerie for the urban garden. One red hen, height 13½in, is £29, red pecking hen, height 13in, is also £29, and a little red rooster, 10in high, is £25, all from coxandcox.co.uk (0844 858 0744). Last orders by December 19.

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Three red hens: At Cox & Cox you can add a touch of fuss-free nature to your garden


BERRIED TREASURES
Greet the guests with a pair of festive holly trees at either side of the front door. Growing in a two-  to three-litre container, each tree is about 24-32in tall, and presented in a white rattan basket. Choose either plain or variegated, for £29.99 per tree. Other evergreens-to-go include pyramid box, 31in tall, £59.95, and pyramid bay, 47in tall, £59.95, all from gardeningexpress.co.uk (08448 044 253). Last orders by December 21.   

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Berry Chistmas: These mini trees from Gardening Express give an instant yuletide touch to a front porch


THE SWEET SCENT OF CITRUS
Mini citrus trees with shiny green leaves, fragrant white flowers and bright fruit will thrill the indoor gardener. If you buy just one, make it a calamondin, which, given a sunny windowsill, produces a mass of edible baby oranges, £19.99. Also buy a kumquat and Meyer lemon, £19.99 each, and get all three for £44.99, saving £14.98. Supplied in five-inch pots, from suttons.co.uk (0844 922 0606). Last orders by December 17.

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The gift that keeps on giving: The calamondin citrus tree, available from Suttons, produce baby oranges


GIVE A ROSY FUTURE
Pick of the bunch is the new For Your Eyes Only, next year’s official Rose of the Year. This disease-resistant, fragrant floribunda with blooms that are a mix of sunset shades will flower right through summer, and grows to just 3ft, so is ideal for a small garden or container. Send it bare-rooted for £14.99, down from £19.99, or in a three-litre pot for £18.74, down from £24.99. From crocus.co.uk (01344 578 000). Last orders by December 22.

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Pretty in pink: These roses from Crocus will flower all through the summer


A TREAT OF A TULIP
Shaped like a tulip, this three-point trowel is designed to make planting easy for gardeners with heavy clay soil. Made from carbon steel with oiled ash handle by renowned  Dutch company De Wit, the tulip trowel is reduced from £29.99 to £19.99. More covetable De Wit tools include a long-handled weeding fork, £26.99, and a spork, doubling as spade and fork, £59.99. All from crocus.co.uk (01344 578 000). Last orders by December 22.

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A tulip to treasure: The tulip-shaped trowel from Crocus is a gift that will last any keen gardener for many years


BOUQUET OF BULBS
Gardeners who go for sizzling colour will love Sarah Raven’s ribbon-tied sack of dahlia tubers with the promise of sumptuous blooms next summer. The Hot Dahlia collection comprises one tuber each of Raven’s top five: Karma Fuschiana, Waltzing Mathilda, Blue Bayou, Selina and Mambo. Place your order for £26.95, and get a dahlia greetings card to give. February delivery. From sarahraven.com (0845 092 0283). Last orders by December 17.

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Say it with flowers: Bulbs from sarahraven.com will burst into glowrious blooms come summer



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