10 of the Cutest Gardening Accessories to Help You Get Your Green Thumb on Right Now
I’m a newly-obsessed gardener, and I don’t care who knows it. Having recently moved to upstate New York, I now find myself with almost an acre of land at my fingertips, which, for a girl who has lived the last decade in New York City and has had a less-than-stellar reputation with green things, is both thrilling and terrifying. I’ve spent the last few months learning everything I can about soil pH, organic compost, and the importance of worms (yes, I am this person now) in preparation for my first styling possibilities they hold? It’s kind of the equivalent of choosing a football team to win a national title based on their uniform colors. If we’re really getting down to it, my excitement for gardening has at least a little bit to do with how many cute accessories there are out there for the hobby. I’m thinking my gardening persona is basically if Diane Lane’s character from “Under The Tuscan Sun” moved to the Hudson Valley. Give me all the straw hats, olive-hued gardening gloves, and maybe a button-down chambray for good measure. Oh, and all of the adorable accessories below, too, which would make great Mother’s Day gifts for any mother or mother figure that wants to get that green thumb on this spring and summer.
1. Copper Plant Markers
Terrain (sister company to Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters) has the market cornered on stylish gardening gear that also happens to be very practical. Take, for example, these copper and metal plant markers. Not only are they utilitarian (let’s be honest, all those green sprouts look the same at first, how else will you keep track?), but the subtle hint of metallic against the green and brown of your garden also will look so great. Plus, there’s the chance that the shiny metal may even attract some birds — win, win!
Buy: Copper Metal Plant Markers, $18.00 from Terrain
2. Floral Garden Kneeler
This foam kneeler is something you may not realize you need until you spend a few back-breaking hours on the ground in your garden readying it for spring (I’ve been through a few bottles of pain relievers already, trust me). Made for Target’s dedicated gardening line Smith & Hawken, this soft pad is dotted with tiny florals so it cushions your joints while looking good, too.
Buy: 18×18 Floral Garden Kneeler, $15.00 from Target
3. Gold Garden Hose
File this next pick under a luxury upgrade you probably don’t need but definitely will like. Yes, it’s a gold garden hose. Yes, it’s dubbed “Gold Digger” on luxe garden goods site, Garden Glory, and yes, I am still laughing over that pun. If glam metallics aren’t your thing but you still want to upgrade what’s likely to be your most-used garden accessory, they also have styles in sage green, white, black, teal, pink, and purple.
Buy: Gold Digger Garden Hose, $99.00 from Garden Glory
4. Striped Garden Tool Bag
Tote your tools to and from your garden or patio with this stylish striped bag from Pottery Barn. It boasts a spot for every tool under the sun and comes in a hearty, heavyweight cotton that can withstand any dirt or water you throw at it. Bonus: It’s designed by Burgon & Ball, a 290-year-old British gardening brand that’s endorsed by the Royal Horticultural Society. So you know it’s legit!
Buy: Burgon and Ball Striped Garden Tool Bag, $36.95 from Pottery Barn
5. Fork & Trowel Set
If you love gardening almost as much as you love design, then this next pick is for you. On the surface, this trowel and fork set would make a super sturdy and practical addition to your garden. a keen eye for design, however, reveals an added bonus: The eye-catching botanical print on it is actually a reproduction of a William Morris wallpaper print by J.J. Dearle that now resides in London’s Victoria & Albert Museum. Cool, right.?
Buy: Mystic Garden Fork & Trowel Set, $34.95 from Williams-Sonoma
6. Wood Garden Hod
Once you’re ready for harvest, you can collect your bounty in this cute wood and wire hod (just don’t forget to snap a photo for Insta to show off your hard work, too). Fun fact: Garden hods were originally used in Maine by fishermen that were harvesting oysters and rinsing them clean. Eventually gardeners caught onto the benefits of the sturdy design, and a bonafide green thumb essential was born.
Buy: Wooden Hod with Strap, $59.80 from Garrett Wade
7. Cut Flower Garden Book
Ok, so this next pick isn’t technically gear, but it’s a must-have nonetheless. If you love flowers and don’t follow Floret Farms’ Erin Benzakein on Instagram, you must go do so now. Benzakein’s the best in the biz when it comes to growing blooms, and her 101-style primer on cultivating a cut flower garden is essential for anyone looking to try their hand at harvesting some pretty peonies or eye-catching dahlias. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that the pictures inside are stunning, too, so at the very least it will make a great coffee table addition.
Buy: Cut Flower Garden by Erin Benzakein, $29.95 from Floret Flowers
8. Soft Split Leather Gloves
No gardener’s tool arsenal would be complete without a protective and hearty pair of gardening gloves. This charming floral set is made from pliable leather in the palms and fingers (no pricks from roses, yay!), plus sturdy cotton backing and an elastic wrist that helps prevent soil from sneaking up into your gloves.
Buy: Soft Split Leather Gloves,
$23.95 $14.95 from Celtic Farms
9. Sun Hat
I’m going to Mom on you here for a second, ok? You gotta protect your face from the sun this summer — just do it. Start with a hefty layer of sunscreen, then top it all off with this unisex sun hat from the San Diego Hat Company. With a variety of different shades and a drawstring to help it stay on, you’ll be looking smart in more ways than one.
Buy: Perfect Unisex El Campo Ultrabraided Sun Hat, $48.00 from San Diego Hat Company
10. Garden Scissors
I can vouch that these garden shears are absolutely unreal. They’re so sharp and smooth (which is essential when cutting things like fragile flower stems or delicate herbs), plus the black metal and walnut wood handles make for a stunning combo. Honestly, I will sometimes leave them out purposely on my gardening block just so people can peep them. They’re that good-looking, and I promise, you’ll feel like an absolute pro using them.
Buy: Walnut Garden Scissors, $28.00 from Barebones Living