Christmas gifts for gardeners plentiful

Yuletide sasanqua makes a wonderful Christmas gift. Photo by Kathie Rowell

Got a gardener on your Christmas list? You’re in luck. They’re super easy to buy for. Check out these ideas:

  • Yuletide sasanqua: This is my favorite plant gift for Christmas. They’re easy to grow, don’t get too big and cover themselves in Christmas colors — red flower petals, golden stamens, evergreen foliage — during the holiday season. Perfect!
  • Tools: Quality tools are always welcome. Two of my favorites are a sharp-shooter shovel that lets me dig in tight places, and a garden fork, which is great for loosening dirt and incorporating compost or fertilizer before planting.
  • Pottery: Containers seem to get prettier every year. From classic black cast iron urns to casual terracotta to colorful pottery, there’s a container – or two or three or four – for every garden.
  • A day of work: This could be the most welcome gift of all, especially for an older gardener who might have trouble tilling, pruning or weeding.
  • Fountain: “Every garden needs the sound of water.” How many times have you read that in gardening magazines? Some day, I hope I’ll find out what I’ve been missing.
  • A start of something: Has your friend or family member admired something you grow? Passalong plants make wonderful gifts, especially if they have a family history, like Grandma’s gardenia. Budget friendly too!
  • Bypass pruners: Felcos are considered the Cadillac of pruners, so I was thrilled when I found a pair under the tree a few years ago. I can’t tell they improved my pruning technique any more than a budget pair, but I sure am proud of them.
  • Garden ornament: Most gardeners love pretties. Just take into consideration their style. A fan of formal gardens might not appreciate a rustic metal sculpture while a cottage gardener might have a hard time finding a spot for sleek, black, modern planter .
  • Bird feeder: It’s possible there are gardeners out there who don’t enjoy the sight of birds in their yards, but I haven’t met one yet. Feeders come in a range of styles and prices, so you’re sure to find something appropriate. Don’t forget to include some seed so the birds can have Christmas dinner!
  • Gift certificate: Not sure whether your gardener is into veggies or roses? A gift certificate is sure to fit just right every time.

Hope you find what you’ve been dreaming of under your Christmas tree.

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