10 new gardening accessories and tools
Water with style
You won’t want to relegate this little number to your garden shed. This watering can deserves a place of prominence among your pots. It’s also nice to have it handy so it can do double duty indoors and out during the summer months! “Diva” watering can and a great garden tool. Alessi, $60.
Provide swank lodging for feathered friends
You’ve carefully selected and planted wildflower gardens to attract songbirds—and pollinators!—to your garden. Give them a safe, stylish place to perch in the garden. chapters.indigo.ca, $39.50.
Protect your paws
These gorgeous gloves may look pretty, but they’re no delicate flower. Reinforced fingertips, an over-the-wrist cuff and a good grip mean you can get down and dirty into your garden design without ruining your manicure. ethelgloves.com, $20.
Group chic containers in various shapes and sizes
Potscaping is a fairly recent buzzword thrown around by many a gardener. It’s likely because grouping containers works whether you have a modest balcony garden or an expansive corner of yard. Experiment with different textures and colours, as well as heights. West Elm, $188 to $315.
Potscape with a plant stand
This moveable plant stand is great for garden design. It adds the height to your potscaping without having to source tall pots. Place it outside your back door with a few edible containers, like lettuce or herbs, for easy access when cooking summer meals. Crate and Barrel, $250.
Add living art to empty outdoor walls
Just as a framed piece of art transforms blank walls indoors, these modern trellises add a vertical focal point to your garden design. Add one or two to a blank expanse of privacy fence or outdoor wall, and fill with interesting succulents or spillers (plants that will hang over the sides). West Elm, $20.
Arm yourself with basic tools
If you’re new to digging in the dirt and living green, you can get by with a couple of very basic tools: a gardening fork and a trowel. Save the big bucks for good pruning tools. This cheerful set is the perfect gift to a new green thumb—or as backup in your arsenal of tools! HomeSense, $10 each.
Choose a stylish hose
Not that there’s anything wrong with green, but Dramm takes garden must-haves to a whole other level with its line of rainbow-coloured hoses and garden wands. We especially like the purple! rittenhouse.ca, $66.
Funnel your rain down a stylish "spout"
Rain chains are an efficient, decorative way to divert water into a rain barrel and a great way to add interest to your garden design. Keep an eye out for cups that may be too shallow. We love the size and modern shape of these “aged” copper rain diverters! cityhomeandgarden.com, $219.
Get a monochromatic effect with terra cotta pots
Have you seen those Pinterest boards with walls of terra cotta pots? They look rustic, yet elegant, when they’ve been slightly weathered and grouped together—even when they’re empty! Celeb potter Guy Wolff’s creations will be coming to a Loblaw Garden Centre near you this spring. You’ll want to snap one (or several!) up for your collection. Guy Wolff, $14.99 to $34.99.
Be sure your shed is well-stocked with these 15 garden must-haves.