Practical items to update your garden

Get your outdoor space ready with the latest stylish updates and practical solutions

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garden, chair, rattan, laysan,, durable, outdoors, alfrescoA comfy garden chair is an absolute must. Choose one that complements your garden’s style or theme. Laysan rattan armchair in grey, (H)79x(W)73x(D)79cm, £159,
Outdoor spotlights create night magic. As steel fittings cost more, hide plastic ones among plants. Low-voltage ‘plug and play’ options can be installed without an electrician. Elipta 12v Compact spike spotlights, Lighting for Gardens, priced £30outdoor, spotlight, lighting gardens, spike, outdoor, garden, light
Pest or disease problems? RHS Pests & Diseases by Pippa Greenwood and Andrew Halstead, £18.99, Dorling Kindersley, is the only book you’ll ever need
Buy a greenhouse. Go for a small glasshouse, lean-to model or polytunnel if space is tight. At the very least, small plastic cloches will double your plot’s cropping potential. Growhouse western red cedar greenhouse, (H)221x(W)241x(D)184cm, £1,810, Eden Hallsgreenhouse, glass, red cedar, garden, outdoor, growhouse
Invest in some decent tools to take the toil out of gardening. Price should be a secondary consideration to comfort. I love Felco, Bulldog and Sneeboer tools, but Spear & Jackson are good for more modest budgets. Select stainless-steel Dutch hoe, £25.99; digging spade, £28.49; Razorsharp Advantage large Bypass secateurs, £18.99, all Spear & Jackson
Buy a fire bowl or brazier and extend those balmy summer evenings. Try for traditional Indian fire bowls, or for a more contemporary brazier, Veronica firepit table with stone mosaic inlay, (H)40x(dia.)85cm, £279, Marks & Spencerverona, firepit, fire, table, stone, mosaic, inlay, garden, alfresco, outdoors
planting, combinations, book, garden, gardening, flowers, tips, ideas, inspirationStruggling to put plants together? Planting Companions: Winning Plant Combinations for Every Garden, Jill Billington, £6, Abe Books; The RHS Encyclopaedia of Planting Combinations by Tony Lord, £25, Mitchell Beazley, and The Well-Designed Mixed Garden: Building Beds and Borders with Trees, Shrubs, Perennials, Annuals, and Bulbs by Tracy Disabato-Aust, £20, Timber Press are books that will help. Online plant supplier Crocus also features beautiful combinations worth noting.
Embrace every shaded corner. For beautiful, cheap, quality plants, Long Acre Plants has a huge range, including this Bergenia ‘Overture’ AGM, from £5plant, shade, bergenia, book, flowers, outdoor, garden, gardening, long acre plants
gardening, month, ian spencer, dorking kindersley, plan, ideas, guide, book, outdoorStay on top of your jobs with Gardening Month by Month by Ian Spencer, £9.99, Dorling Kindersley. With this, there’s no excuse not to have a great garden all year round