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New gardening products 2018

The NatureUp! vertical growing system. Picture; Gardena
The NatureUp! vertical growing system. Picture; Gardena

Lawnmowers, tools, pots, lights, statues, firepits, ladder displays

Another of my round-ups of what’s new in gardening products and you’ll find things for every pocket here.


Stiga’s ride-on E Park 220 is the first lithium-ion powered front cut mower, with very low sound from the mower engine, taking the minimum of effort and no carbon emissions.

Powered by a 48V digital electric motor with high-quality Lithium-Ion batteries (4.3kW 90Ah) it is the most advanced battery technology to date, with 2000m² from one battery charge.

On sale from April, at £6,999, more details on Stiga’s website.

Gardena’s Sileno is a robotic lawnmower which tackles smaller lawns with minimum effort, with models for either 250m² or 500m², cutting quietly, accurately, reliably and automatically.

It is equipped with the SensorCut system, which ensures stripe-free and even mowing results, even on slopes up to 25 per cent. When it meets an obstacle it can redirect itself – it even knows when it needs to be charged.

The robotic lawnmower knows when it has finished and returns to the charging station. It can be cleaned by simply spraying with a garden hose. From £699.99, www.gardena.co.uk.


WOLF Garten’s collection of hand tools are designed for the smaller garden. There is a 7.5cm Flower Fork, 7cm Wide Trowel, 5cm Planting Trowel and 11.5cm Small Sweep, all RRP £9.99, www.wolfgarten-tools.co.uk.

Darlac has added a new sabre-tooth saw to its range. The 30cm (1ft) sabre-toothed blade gives a much easier cutting angle and the aligned taper ground teeth leave a smooth, clean cut on live or dead branches up to 100mm (almost 4in) thick. Available from Darlac stockists, RRP £19.99, www.darlac.com.

The ornamental garden

Officially launching at RHS Chelsea 2018, the Solus Decor Hemi 36” Fire Bowl with Table and Drinks Ring can also be used as a full table by inserting the ‘middle’. It is a contender in the RHS Chelsea New Garden Product of the Year category. Price (inclusive of VAT and UK delivery), £4,395, www.solusdecor.com.

A new range of garden statues and ornaments is available from the Historic Royal Palaces online shop. This year, the Great Pagoda in Kew Gardens re-opens after a major conservation project and has provided the inspiration for this dragon, which is 35cm high, price £40, www.historicroyalpalaces.com.

Forest Garden has embraced this year’s re-wilding of the garden trend, with a more naturalistic approach to design. The new Plant Ladder Display’s rustic design and compact size provide the perfect setting for a tumbling display of blooms and foliage, RRP £99.99, www.forestgarden.co.uk.

B&Q’s silver solar cage light is also available in black and gold satin. Once it’s fully charged, it will stay alight for between six and eight hours, price £7, www.diy.com.

Gardena’s NatureUp! range (main image) means people can cultivate even the smallest of spaces with its vertical gardening system. The range is made up of weatherproof plastic plant containers that are securely stacked using a simple connecting system, which can be expanded.

You can add corner elements and tight spots are not a problem due to the flexibility of the elements. The Vertical Basic Set, which includes three vertical plant containers, three lids, one floor plate and 12 clips costs £49.99, www.gardena.co.uk.

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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.


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