21 Nov Top 10 Gardening Gifts For Christmas
Our top 10 Gardening Gifts For Christmas 2023
What will you buy the gardener in your life this Christmas. Here are Holland Landscapes top 10 suggestions for gardening gifts.
PS: Where prices are mentioned, they are correct at the time of writing. But may be subject to change.
1: Confessions Of A Gardener Book
One charity that is particularly dear to my heart is Perennial. This book has been written by landscape industry guru Alan Sargent. Alan, now in his seventies has had a long and interesting career, during which he’s had several amusing and heartwarming experiences. These have all been recounted in a brilliant book that will definitely bring a smile to every reader’s face. Best of all, proceeds from sales will go to help landscapers, gardeners and horticulturists who are struggling with mental health, physical health or financial difficulties.
2: National Garden Gift Voucher
There’s nothing quite like a trip to the garden centre to cheer someone up on a dull January day. It’s all about hope, inspiration and – yes – grabbing a bargain. So a National Garden Gift Voucher could potentially translate into an experience. The recipient could, for example, visit a garden centre they’ve never been to before, enjoy an afternoon tea or meet up with friends.
3: Wildflower Seeds
The joy of growing plants from seed and watching as they attract butterflies and bees lasts far longer than the Christmas holidays.
A packet of wildflower seeds represents excellent value for money and supports biodiversity too. Choose plant varieties that will thrive in the recipients garden (or allotment). And perhaps package them up with a pretty pot and some low nutrient growing medium.
4: Winter Plants
Plants make fantastic gardening gifts and there are plenty to choose from. Our garden designers have mentioned
- Topiary cones made from clipped yew for shape and structure in the garden. Yew is not affected by the box blight disease that sometimes affects topiary
- Helleborus “Anna’s red” for its unusual coloured flowers in the depth of winter
- Mahonia x media ‘Charity’ for its brightly coloured bee-friendly winter flowers and
- Corylus Avellana Contorta – the twisted hazel for it’s fascinating stems
- Cornus ‘midwinter fire’ – stunning red stems for winter impact
- Amaryllis bulbs make superb winter gifts. They are indoor plants with spectacular, trumpet shaped flowers on tall stems
For good value and great quality plants to order online, try Sarah Raven’s online shop. The customer service team here are very knowledgeable and very helpful.
5: The Green Gardening Handbook
Bakeoff winner Nancy Birtwhistle has become an internet sensation with her money saving cleaning and cooking tips. And now she is sharing insights into her way of gardening. In the green gardening handbook she gives tips on eco-friendly and money saving gardening techniques.
It’s a great book. Available from most good booksellers.
You can never have too many cloches. They help warm the soil and speed up germination in early spring. They protect seeds from hungry birds and young plants from frost. These cloches have been specially developed by Harrod Horticulture to be useful almost all year round. Simply remove the polyethene covers when the danger of frost has passed and replace them with insect-proof netting to keep pests at bay.
7: Niwaki Tools
Not a brand you’ll see in every garden centre but nearly everyone on our landscape maintenance teams said they’d be over the moon to receive any of these tools as gardening gifts.
A firepit allows you to use your garden when it’s chilly. Buying one of these for a friend almost certainly guarantees you an invitation to toast marshmallows by the fire. This UK supplier has a fabulous range of fire pits with prices from just under £60.
This little beauty has certainly captured my heart
Websites such as Etsy.com offer a wealth of unique garden accessories created by artisans. They’re well worth investigating.
9: Nesting Box
Encouraging wildlife into the garden adds an extra dimension to the space. Birdsong, movement, the joy of watching baby birds fledge and fly the nest. It’s a great way to engage with nature.
A bird nesting box provides wildlife with a safe haven. This one is available from celebrity naturalist Simon King who uses the profits from his online shop to help wildlife conservation. It has a miniature camera inside which connects via a cable to your TV so that you can watch the birds without disturbing them.
10: The best of all Christmas Gardening Gifts is a garden design consultation
Has your gardener recently moved into a new home and not got round to tackling the garden yet?
Has the family dynamic changed eg a new baby, older children gone to uni, homeowner less active?
Maybe the shrubbery is overgrown and outmoded and you’d like help with a new planting plan?
Perhaps it’s just time for a change?
Winter is the ideal opportunity to discuss ideas with a qualified garden designer, to get inspired and develop a unique, personalised garden plan.
Visit the Tapestry Design Studio website to find out more about this award winning design team and how they can help you to give the best gardening gift ever.
Need some ideas for winter gardens?
Check out Holland Landscapes gallery of garden transformations in Suffolk and Essex. Many of these gardens use hard landscaping, strong features and clever lighting to provide beauty and practicality all year round.
Visit our project gallery. https://www.hollandscapes.co.uk/our-work/