Gardening: Gifts for mum

Owl Planter, Homebase
Owl Planter, Homebase

Every green-fingered mum deserves a gift on Mother’s Day, whether it’s a practical tool, a colourful garden trinket or a pampering present after a hard day’s digging. We leaf through some of the best

As spring arrives, so do new gardening tools, sundries, gadgets and seeds, which are timely additions to the wealth of possible presents to give your gardening mum on Mother’s Day.

I broke my old garden fork last year, so if my children are reading this, can you get me a new one, preferably one of the new Xact range from Fiskars (www.fiskars.com), as they are lightweight but have heavy duty forged steel forks and, more importantly, come in two lengths? Priced £34.99 for the medium or £39.99 for the large, they are available in garden centres, DIY stores and online.

The winter inevitably leads to cracked terracotta pots, so now’s the chance to find some stylish, fun replacements. Homebase (www.homebase.co.uk) has a new 30cm owl planter which will look great planted with rockery stalwarts, such as alpine phlox or aubrieta, or summer favourites like dwarf lavender. Available in selected stores now or online from the first week of March, priced £19.99.

There are so many gardening gloves on the market, the mum who needs a new pair will be spoiled for choice, but Burgon & Ball’s new Love The Glove collection will take some beating. They feature advanced two-way stretch, breathable mesh and ultra-soft yet hard-wearing cushioned fabric. Available in 12 styles and colours, priced £12.95-£14.95, available from all good garden centres and www.burgonandball.com.

Those who love to grow plants from seed should look at Johnsons Designer Garden Collections, a new ‘border in a box’ concept, with collections including Cottage Garden, Fragrant and Cut, and Wildlife-Attracting Designer Garden Collections. Each box contains 12 packets of annual and perennial flower seed varieties, plus an easy-to-follow seed sowing and planting plan. All are presented in a beautiful box with border designs by leading illustrator and printmaker Hannah McVicar. Priced £9.99, available from garden centres, supermarkets and leading DIY stores and at www.johnsons-seeds.com.

Afternoon tea in the garden, or indoors, can be brightened up by buying your mother a gorgeous new tea set with floral notes - check out Dobbies new Sweet Pea set, featuring two-tier cake stand (£18), afternoon tea set (£10), flower and garden jug (£8), sweet pea teapot (£15) and sugar and cream (£15). Available from Dobbies garden centres nationwide (www.dobbies.com).

For mums who like floral toiletries, the RHS Floral Hand & Nail Cream collection in scents of sweet pea, rose and hibiscus makes a gorgeous gift (£15, 3x50ml), blending the natural aromas of RHS gardens. Available online at www.bronnley.co.uk, Harvey Nichols, Fortnum & Mason, Fenwick, House of Fraser and independent pharmacies.