Cool Christmas Gifts for Garden Lovers!

Do you hate Christmas shopping as much as I do?

I doubt that’s possible but just incase you do we’ve made your life a little bit easier with some fab selections for the design conscious gardener (oh and there’s some fun ones as well)

We’ll start with the fun ones!

Garden Games from Greenfingers.

Easy on the Purse Strings – funky favourites on a budget!  

These gorgeous gifts are all such a STEAL – nobody would know that they came in for £10 or less!

Unwins Mediterranean Kitchen Garden Herb Kit

Sarah Raven Seed Tins -£4.50 at SarahRaven.com

I love the bright turquoise colour, and a set of tins is Soo very useful for ANY gardener

Unwins Mediterranean Kitchen Garden Herb Kit – £5.99 at Greenfingers.com

Fabulous, retro and organic!

 

Slate Herb & Vegetable Markers – £9.50 at GardenTrading.co.uk

A great stocking-filler for those of us who can never be found…!

Log Lantern – £9.50 at GardenTrading.co.uk

These lanterns are so very trendy, stylish but practical too! Buy a set of 3 for along the middle of the dining table, and they will look a treat. Fabulous duck-egg colour, very ‘in-vogue’

For the Allotment-Loving-Shed-Dweller!

So, we all know someone who loves to disappear for hours in the Shed/Man-cave/Allotment.  Whether they spend more time drinking tea than digging up the potatoes, show them your love with one of these special gardening-lovers pressies.

String Dispenser in Thyme

String Dispenser in Thyme – £8.00 GardenTrading.co.uk

We can NEVER find the end of the string…this simple dispenser is the perfect solution…and it looks cool too!

Gardeners Tin of Plant Labels

Gardeners Tin of Plant Labels – £9.99 GreenFingers.com.

We gardeners LOVE a handy tin! This one, keeps all our labels tidy.

Willow Trugs

Willow Trugs – £27.95 at

SarahRaven.com  We all love a trug! Perfect for harvesting…and for storing, and stylish in the kitchen too…

If you really want to give a special gift this xmas…

Rawlinson Willow Gazebo

How about treating your loved one to this lovely willow gazebo?  Creating a special place for that cuppa, reading the newspaper or just to unwind at the end of a long day of digging and weeding!  This free-standing structure can fit easily into any garden – on a paving area, gravel area surrounded by planting, or simply on the lawn.  It will make a real impact. Rawlinson Willow Gazebo – £299 at GreenFingers.com.

For the Glamorous Gardener

Heathcote & Ivory Gardeners Tea Break Hand Essentials

For that special lady who still has the perfect manicure whilst pruning the roses…  Guess what?  We don’t have to be brown, green…or covered in mud to be keen gardeners!

Heathcote & Ivory Gardeners Tea Break Hand Essentials – £9.00 at GreenFingers.com

This fabulous set includes an exfoliating scrub to get to the bottom of that grime and a nourishing Vitamin E hand cream  – all presented in this pretty mug.

With a rather French, vintage feel – this cute bulb kit will be a winner for the glamorous lady in your life.

Briers Historic Palaces Tudor Rose Kneeler

Briers Historic Palaces Tudor Rose Kneeler – £12.99 at GreenFingers.com

The Tudor Rose pattern on a lavender-blue background – a matching set of gloves and kneeler, for the lady that appreciates pretty things.

 

Heatcote & Ivory Dandelion Manicure Gift Set

Heatcote & Ivory Dandelion Manicure Gift Set – £13.50 at GreenFingers.com

So very very stylish! The gorgeous Sanderson Dandelion Clock Design packages up this lovely set, which includes a hand cream, hand scrub AND cuticle cream and emery board.

For the Design-Conscious Gardener  

Orla Kiely Secateurs

Gone are the days of boring old watering cans and lack-lustre hand trowels.

For Designer edge, funky names such as Orla Kiely are a no-brainer.  Who says ‘Practical’ can’t also be ‘Stylish’?! Orla Kiely Secateurs – £19.99 at GreenFingers.com.

Globe Tea Light Holder

Orla Kiely Secateurs

Globe tea light holder – £16.99 at Crocus.co.uk  I feel that I have been looking for these gorgeous tea light holders for years!  With a sculptural quality they will look simply stunning adorning any tree or pergola.

Place them around an outdoor dining terrace to create a magical atmosphere. I’ve ordered mine already!

 

 

Festoon Lighting

Wire Bird on a Stake

Festoon lighting – from £28.00 at Lighting-Direct.co.uk

The simplicity of these garden bulbs strike such an impressive impact… why save them for a special occasion?  Fabulous around an entertaining area in the garden – and a lovely present with impressive ‘WOW’ factor!

Wire bird on a stake – pewter £9.99 at Crocus.co.uk

I have totally fallen in love with these bird stakes.  So quirky, so cute and they will make a statement in any border.

Become a World Class Garden Photographer with Saxon Holt

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Coupon-SGDSaxon Holt is an award winning photographer who shares his knowledge and passion for garden photography in this great series.

As a life-long gardener, he is a truly amazing photographer. He has the ability to capture the nature and personality of a garden and the individual plants in it, in a way that no one else can. If you know someone who wants to take great plant and garden photos, Saxon Holt’s books will take them to a whole new level…

As he’s a good friend of Rachel’s he’s giving Successful Garden Design readers a discount on any of his book! Just use the code sgd10 at the checkout.

Online Garden Design Courses (Worldwide)

Of course, what better gift for the ‘Green-fingered gardening guru’ in your family, than to arrange a special on-line course or workshop for them.

Buy your Mum, Dad, Grandad, Auntie one of our Garden Design Online Courses, and they can take part whenever they have time, in their own home, and they will thank you forever!  Any of the online garden design courses or workshops can be purchased as a gift and instant access sent to your loved one for Christmas. Instructions on how to transfer a course as a gift are in the welcome email on purchase, and of course all gifts come with our same 60 day garden formula coursemoney back guarantee!

Your suggestions…

What wonderful garden related goodies have you come across? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy shopping – tis the season for it! ;o)

From all at SGD, have a good one!

 

Please note: On some of the gift ideas above, we receive a small commission if you purchase through the link, this helps keep me sufficiently supplied with mince pies over the festive season! Please also note, that I do not have direct experience with the companies listed above, so do buy at your own discretion.

L-shape garden design – Case study

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Small L-shaped garden before landscaping

L-shaped gardens can be difficult to deal with because one section is often quite narrow and leads into a larger area. To make the best use of the available space, it’s important to bear the following things in mind…

Step 1 Decide if you want to create two separate spaces or one continuous garden.

You have the choice with an L-shape garden, you can either separate the areas off and create two separate little gardens, or have the garden as a whole. If your garden is quite small, then it is usually better to leave the garden as one whole entity rather than creating two separate little areas, which may well be too small.

Step 2 Make the best use of the available space.

If one area of your garden is particularly long and narrow, then you need to take the eyes from one side of it to the other, creating either a meandering path or using shapes that make the space feel wider. Depending on the space available to you,  interlocking circles and squares can do this. But if the space is really narrow then you are better off with a meandering path, as shown in our case study example below.

Step 3 Use the same materials to keep the continuity between each area of garden.

By using similar shapes and materials throughout the garden, it will help hold it together as one whole entity. A bit like in modern day show homes where they have the same carpet running from one room to another. They do this because if they were to have different coloured carpets in each room of the house, it would make the space look smaller and not larger. The same is true for your garden. Use the same paving, gravel and even repeating key plants will enable you to make the space look and feel larger than it is.

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If your garden is small, like our example garden, then you need to decide if you want to keep the lawn or not. As you can see in our example, the owner decided to get rid of the lawn. Even if you don’t want a lawn, you do still need to have areas of empty space so that the garden doesn’t feel too confined. In this case we used mixtures of different types of gravel and cobble and paving in the areas without planting.

Over time, the planting will increase in size and will help make up for the lack of green that a lawn provides.

The sweeping curves of gravel and steppingstones draws the eye around the garden and helps make the space look wider and the paving with seating area is in the sunniest area of the garden and helps acts as a nice focal point from the kitchen window and the conservatory.

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The garden is very low maintenance because all of the cobbles and gravel are on top of a weed suppressant membrane.

Want to learn more?

Attend one of our FREE Fast Track Garden Design online classes…

Register on this page: https://www.successfulgardendesign.com/freeclasses/

Plant Design Tips and Plant Choosing Tools

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Spring is here, or so they tell us, though we’re not seeing much sign of it at the moment here in the UK. With Easter upon us any moment, the traditional start to the gardening year looks like it’s not going to get off to the usual flurry of garden centre purchasing.

A tragedy for garden centres but if you want to make this year the year you create an amazing garden, then the delay to the season is great news…

How the Bad Weather Will Help You Create a Wonderful Garden

Although the cold, wet weather is holding you back from getting out into the garden. It really is a good thing though, if you use it to your advantage…

One of the biggest mistakes you can make is to get carried away at the garden centre.

You can easily spend a small fortune on the world’s loveliest plants, get them home, put them in and… oh dear, not looking as good as you hoped?

Great gardens do not happen by accident. Nor by luck. They are planned.

So, if you really want to achieve your dream garden, a little bit of planning will get you there considerably quicker and cost effectively than the seasonal impulse purchases will.

How to Plan the Perfect Planting Scheme

GeraniumI’m not going to lie to you, combining plants to create stunning combinations in your garden borders does take some thought. It isn’t a five minute job, if you want to do it well. So, let’s make sure your time is well spent.

Most planting schemes go wrong because people focus all their efforts on the plant’s flowers. What’s wrong with that? It’s not like we buy plants because of their attractive root systems, now is it!

Unless you live in a tropical country, chances are, the plants you purchase will spend more days in the year without flowers than with them. So, if you’ve just chosen a plant because you like the flowers, then at least 80% of the time, perhaps more, it won’t be looking the way you want it to.

Key Factors with Choosing Plants

  1. Does the plant easily grow in your garden conditions without becoming invasive?
  2. Overall characteristics of the plant (what’s it like when it’s not flowering – VERY important)
  3. Height and spread – will it be the right size for the area you wish to place it in?
  4. Does it have year round interest or is it just a flash in the planting pan?
  5. How will each plant look with those surrounding it?

As you can see there’s a lot to think about, and really we’ve only just scratched the surface with the most important aspects. You can probably also see why great planting combinations can be elusive when you are impulse buying plants.

How to Make Sure You Choose the Right Plants for Your Garden

It’s all to easy to end up buying the wrong plants for your garden’s conditions. That’s why research BEFORE you go shopping is essential.

To make life a little bit easier for you, especially if you don’t know many plants, there are some great tools you can use to help take the pain away from choosing the right plants for your garden and tastes. The video below will show you one such tool.

Click Here to use the Right Plants 4 Me database

What really speeds up plant choosing is being able to know what conditions a plant likes, just by looking at its leaves! It’s far easier to learn the characteristics rather than individual plants. For instance, all plants that have a silver/grey foliage require full sun. They won’t survive in the shade.

There’s lots of other signs that are easy to spot and will enable you to know which plants to put where. I’ve created a mini-course called the 5 Minute Plant Expert that will show you exactly what to look for.

If you want to know how to choose plants that will create stunning combinations, then take a look at the Plant Design Formula, it’s discounted until the end of the month. It will show you a really simple formula that will enable you to combine plants to look good all year round.

 

 

 

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