Festive favourites for gardeners

There are plenty of decadent gardening gifts on the market this Christmas - our outdoors expert reveals the best places to look
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Heart-shaped trowel
Heart-shaped trowel, £27.95 (0845 402 5300)

A romantic message

Proof that garden tools can be romantic is Sneeboer's heart-shaped trowel, with a very sharp point that makes it ideal for bulb planting, digging out stones, drawing drills and other numerous garden tasks.

Make the gift yet more meaningful by having a personal message engraved on the cherrywood handle. Plain, £27.95, engraved, £34.95, from harrodhorticultural.com (0845 402 5300). Last orders by December 20, 2012.

Secateurs with carbon steel blades
Secateurs with carbon steel blades, £15.95 (0845 092 0283)

A cut above

Send a sweet pea card which promises a March delivery of Sarah Raven's highly scented, old-fashioned Harlequin sweet peas in the form of a dozen young plants in rich jewel colours, ready for planting, £18.50. Secateurs with carbon steel blades, £15.95, and 50 plant labels, £5.95, make rainbow-bright stocking fillers while six mini bud vases in six shimmering colours provide glowing displays for single flower stems, £21.95. All from sarahraven.com (0845 092 0283). Last orders by December 17.

The Gluttonous Gardener Pomegranate Box
The Gluttonous Gardener Pomegranate Box, £35 (020 7627 0800)

Boxes of delights

Warm a foodie gardener's heart and tastebuds with a Red Hot Box comprising a fruiting chilli plant, jar of Smokin' Satan chilli sauce and a generous tin of Spanish smoked hot paprika, packed in a crate and with your gift message, £38.

Other festive offerings from The Gluttonous Gardener include a Pomegranate Box (pictured) with potted plant and bottle of molasses, £35, and an Extra Orange Crate with calamondin tree, orange blossom honey and Seville marmalade, £58. Order from glut.co.uk (020 7627 0800). Last orders by December 20.

Bird feeder
Hanging bird feeder, £25.99 (0844 922 0606)


The Bandstand hanging bird feeder with white pillars and shingled wooden roof would suit the smart town garden, £25.99, but for a more rustic retreat, a woven willow house fits the bill, and has six compartments each filled with different seeds and nuts to attract a diversity of garden birds, £20.99. Both at Suttons Seeds. From suttons.co.uk/christmas (0844 922 0606). Last orders by December 17.

Red hand-embroidered stocking
Red hand-embroidered stocking, £60 (0845 521 4342)

Highgrove highlights

Pin up the poshest — and roomiest — velvet hand-embroidered stocking, £60, from Highgrove, and fill it with gardener's treats of cashmere wrist-warmers in blackberry, magenta or clementine, £25; pink or green suede two-pocket gardener's apron with Highgrove rose fabric, £35, and hand-tooled mini dibber, £8.25. Include a Champagne Tea Garden Tour gift box with guide book, info pack and invitation to join a tour around the Highgrove plot; the recipient chooses the date, £75. All from highgroveshop.com; 0845 521 4342. Last orders by December 20.

English rose bush
A rose will produce perfumed blooms for many years

An English rose

A securely packaged English rose bush, ready pruned and ready to plant, will produce full, perfumed blooms for many summers; £25.95. Choose from the lipsmacking collection online at davidaustinroses.com — last orders by December 20.

Team it with a place at a Deadheading Fun Workshop with head gardener Neil Miller at spectacular Hever rose gardens in June 2013 that includes a take-home rose bush, £25, from Perennial horticultural charity, perennial.org. uk. Last orders by December 19.

Bronzed resin hare
Bronzed resin hare, £45 (0844 573 8644)

Bronze bling

Bring some bling into the garden with this laid-back hare made of bronzed resin — a delightful alternative to the usual wildlife of slugs and snails dining in the veg patch, 42cm long, £45. Or how about a gleaming stainless steel compost pail at £18.95? Smart enough to masquerade as a champagne bucket, it has a practical inner plastic sleeve.

For the kitchen gardener, spade and fork aluminium salad servers make a witty way to toss the rocket and radicchio, £16.95. And for the novice gardener, the Revitalising Garden Bag Set, a strong jute holdall with six deep pockets, contains tools, twine oak labels and Italian plant seeds, £49.95. All from The Worm that Turned, at worm.co.uk (0844 573 8644). Last orders by December 19.

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