15 garden must-haves
We all need hydration so a watering can is an obvious essential. This antique-style can comes imprinted with a thoughtful quote and is great for outdoor and indoor use. indigo.ca, $27.99.
For the heavy loads of soil, mulch, plants, rocks, and tools, a wheelbarrow certainly comes in handy. Made of steel, this wheelbarrow is incredibly durable and comes in a handsome green - how fitting! Home Depot, $69.99.
Made of stainless steel, with a solid ash handle, this hoe makes quick work of any deep-rooted weeds. Restoration Hardware, $28.99.
A good pruner makes quick, clean cuts and should feel comfortable in your hand. The Felco 2 pruner has an angled blade for more powerful, precision cuts, and non-slip covered handles for a good grip. kinsmangarden.com, $48.95.
It feels good to work with your hands outdoors, but remember to take care of yourself and protect them! The "Miracle Worker" gloves are abrasion- and puncture-resistant to avoid any minor accidents. They're also made of a breathable nylon and mold to your hand for better functionality when wearing them. veseys.com, $8.95.
Don't be fooled by the vibrant colours ... these tubs are here to work! They are heavy duty, yet light; flexible, but easy to carry with its handles. They sit upright so they're perfect when weeding the garden, carrying supplies, or even as an ice bucket. kinsmangarden.com, $24.95 each.
Your garden hose should be durable enough to last so make sure you buy one that is well-made. The Flexogen hose has a reinforced 8-ply construction to avoid breaks and leaks. Its polished seal also resists stains and abrasions for better durability. gilmour.com, check site for pricing.
Trowel & fork
Gardening is dirty work - literally. You have to get down and really dig into the dirt, which is why small hand tools are a must for any gardener. This trowel and fork set make a perfect addition. Made of weather-proof ash and stainless steel, these tools are handy for digging, planting or potting. Teatroverde, $42.95.
Gardening may be dirty, but it doesn't mean you have to sludge around unprepared in the mud. A good pair of gardening boots should have breathability and a slip-resistant sole. Plow and Hearth, $39.95 US.
This shovel is made to dig. The non-slip handle is made to fit both hands, while the head of the shovel has a built-in shoulder to securely place your foot when you really need to dig in. The steel scoop has a serrated edge for cutting through roots and sod. Who knew such a simple tool could make physical labour so easy? Rona, $31.99.
When your flower beds have bloomed, pot some in pretty planters around your garden for a polished look that gives depth to your flora. Crate and Barrel, $49.95 for large planter.
When all is said and done, give your garden the look of a professional landscape with an edger. This tool trims and manicures your lawns and around your flower beds for a perfectly polished finish. Home Depot, $399.95.
You may not be able to enjoy your garden year round, but you can enjoy them all day long. Hang some lights around your garden so you can see what you've accomplished, even in the dark. It also sets the mood for a nice night outside, smelling the roses. Ikea, $4.99 each.
What's the point of having a gorgeous garden if you can't sit back and enjoy it? A beautiful, comfortable chair for the garden is the perfect setting for reading, relaxing with a drink, or pulling up another seat and chatting with a friend. Pottery Barn, $699 US.
Add a little luxe into the mix with a fountain and make your garden a real oasis. Home Hardware, $129.99.
Check out our garden design and decor guide for all our green thumb tips and tricks.