Tip Buying perennials in 9cm pots is an economical way to restock borders – they will put on growth surprisingly quickly
A clear winner
In our July issue last year, we featured The Walled Nursery in Hawkhurst, Kent, and reported that owners Emma and Monty Davies had received a £200,000 donation to restore their tumbledown Victorian Foster & Pearson glasshouses. Now you can see just what wonders have been achieved. The Carnation House and Hot House reopened in February, with the Cucumber House and Pelargonium House due for completion this month. Open every day except Mondays, (01580 752752; thewallednursery.com).
Cutting it fine
Once the growing season gets properly underway, it can be hard to keep up with lawn mowing, even in a small space, so a cordless mower you can get out quickly and manoeuvre easily can prove invaluable. This lightweight Flymo Mighti-mo 300 Li with a 30cm cutting deck is powered by a 40-volt lithium-ion battery that will last long enough on a single charge to cut about 250 square metres and takes two hours to recharge. It has a 30-litre grass box, adjustable cutting height and a folding handle so it tucks away neatly, and costs £199 (flymo.com).
Even in the tiniest of spaces, this nifty sentry-box shed offers a weathertight space to stow tools, and it would also make a handy second store in larger gardens. It is made of interlocking shiplap timber treated with anti-fungal preservative (15-year anti-rot guarantee) with a felt-covered apex roof. The Forest shiplap small garden store measures 138cm tall x 65cm wide x 51cm deep and costs £129.99 (or £214.99 assembled) including delivery. See forestgarden.co.uk for stockists.