Five great new gardening products

Jean Vernon uncovers five new garden innovations.

New products are the lifeblood of every industry, and in the gardening world there are many introductions each season. Every spring the gardening press, bloggers, broadcasters and writers visit a special Garden Press Event at the Barbican to see the latest new and exciting innovations about to hit the garden centres this spring.

Burgon and Ball: Hip Trug from £9.99

We all have those moments in the garden when we need a handy container for something. This hands-free Hip Trug is perfect, available in two sizes, it hooks onto your waistband or belt and is ready to receive whatever little delights you want to pass its way. Half a dozen eggs? Today’s raspberry harvest? The deadheads while you snip the rest off? Or maybe just your twine and snips while you move around the garden. It’s been shortlisted for the Chelsea Flower Show Product of the Year 2017. Available from good garden centres. 

Crocus: Wire cloches from £21.99

I just love the pretty and practical wire cloches from Crocus. There’s a lovely choice of different designs to protect your fragile plants and seedlings as they emerge this spring. Ideal for the potager and brilliant if you have free-range hens, cats or dogs in the garden, they protect the developing shoots and look lovely too. There are several really pretty designs. I particularly like the Iron Wire Cloche Flower, which costs £25.99.

Elho:  Corsica Door Stopper from £14.99

Sometimes it’s the simple things that are the most effective. I just love this doorstop planter from Elho. It’s on wheels so that it can be moved easily into place and will hold the garden door open and look beautiful at the same time. Available in a choice of colours and very pretty in pink, you can move it around when planted with not too much effort and keep it on standby when you want to prop open the door.

Gardena: Balcony Box £29.99

This little garden balcony kit from Gardena for the urban gardener is handy and cute, though I would prefer it if it was a bit prettier, maybe a different colour, but perhaps I’m being a bit girlie? Anyway, it’s a neat design where the lid doubles up as a dustpan and inside there’s a little cultivating tool (a grubber), a small trowel, some secateurs and a hand brush. The whole thing can be hung on a wall or fence and the container keeps the contents dry, so that’s great too.

Woodlodge: GPS3 pots £19.99

I really like these textured pots from Woodlodge. They are the perfect partner for on-trend succulents and would look good in any indoor setting. This little set of three pots nesting in a ceramic saucer would work on a windowsill for some kitchen herbs, or in the bathroom with some small houseplants. Or plant them up with some pretty miniature bulbs for an outdoor dining area in the garden. Look out for the huge new range of designs, colours and shapes from Woodlodge this season.