20 Outdoor and Gardening Products You Need This Spring
Get outside and decorate, grow, camp or maintain your yard with one of these cool products.
There are so many reasons to love spring: cherry blossoms, dogwood blooms, tulips, cotton dresses, bumblebees, eating outside and the never-gets-old thrill of suddenly living your life outdoors.
So fling open those windows, breathe deep and start planning those outdoor design and gardening projects. Whether camping or hiking, lounging in your backyard or tending your prize-winning peonies is your thing, we think these useful, appealing products and tools are the perfect things to get you started on the spring chores and pleasures ahead.
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, Grandin Road, $99
Non-rusting, sandcast aluminum keeps this outdoor pal looking great. We'd love to see this friendly terrier at the entryway or even tucked into the garden for an extra-cute surprise.
, Dear Keaton, $175
Combining utility and panache, this good-looking outdoor stool is the perfect place to perch a cocktail or your feet when you need to take a load off.
, Western Chief, $40
Garden-themed for extra charm, these easy to get into and out of clogs are just the thing for tackling messy garden chores, and then kick right off when you're ready to take it inside.
, Grandin Road, $199-$349
We love the hot colors and glossy surface of these very of-the-moment outdoor planters, sure to add a dose of fun to any screened porch or patio. Based on the box planters at Versailles, these Esther planters are a more durable fiberglass composite to stay pretty during your own garden reign.
Work and Play
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, Ace Hardware, $59.99
A clever portable hammock that can fold up into a small compression stuff sack, this hammock is perfect for toting along on your next camping trip or just moving from place to place for the perfect dose of sun or shade in your own yard.
, L.L. Bean, $339
The last name in durable, heritage outdoor items, L.L. Bean has been making Adirondack chairs for decades. This one, made in the U.S.A. from partially-recycled materials, has marine-grade, rust-resistant hardware and solid, outdoor-ready construction that will withstand bad weather conditions for years to come. Folds for storage.
, Black+Decker, $169.99-$199.99
I am not a fan of messing with gasoline or electrical cords, so this cordless, power-packed blower is a lifesaver. It's perfect for a range of outdoor jobs, from blowing leaves off the sidewalk to purging spring's endless pollen from the deck. A surge button lets you give stubborn, immobile stuff the business. And an easy to handle, relatively light design means this blower will be a daily yardwork buddy.
Fashion and Recreation
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, Kittson's Kitchen, $34.99
Use these adorable, indie-crafted, retro-inspired aprons to gather eggs, hold veggies or just keep small gardening items at hand.
, Laura Ashley, $34.99
Show your neighbors how stylish gathering is done. Whether you are using your basket to store garden tools or to tote veggies, eggs and fruit, this lovely wicker basket with a cotton Laura Ashley "Kimono" print will make all of your gardening chores prettier.
, L.L. Bean, $69
The ideal length, easy to get off but ankle-high to stay on, these rain and garden boots will serve you well as you tackle spring's messy tasks.
, Grandin Road, $399
Turn your outdoors into an event with this portable, super-stylish fire pit.
, Room&Board, $809
Though these mod-cool bar carts are out of stock until May, you'll want to grab one up as soon as they become available for the way they bring sleek design to your outdoorscape.
Just one of these chic chairs could bring instant chic to your porch or patio.
Keep it Neat
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, Fiskars, $249.99
Have a tiny yard too micro to bother with the usual mower? Concerned about the environment, including Saturday morning noise pollution? This—dare we say, kind of cute—eco-friendly reel mower is a vast improvement on the slightly sinister looking reel mowers of the past.
, Laura Ashley, $22.99
Recently featured on Modern Family, these goatskin and cotton gloves provide great coverage to protect your hands and arms, protecting them from dirt and thorns. They have elasticized knuckles for mobility and, most importantly, reinforced fingers, because experienced gardeners know that is the place where most cotton gloves quickly tear.
Modern by Dwell, Target, $24.99
This hip planter is super affordable and the perfect vessel for a trendy display of succulents or grasses indoors or out.
, L.L. Bean, $55
Made in the USA from recycled plastic bottles, this absorbent mat will keep all manner of outdoor dirt, mud, dander and leaves out of your home. This newest version of an L.L. Bean classic, has a cute seafaring anchor motif. The waterhog is also more practical than your average mat, boasting an oversized design and a nonslip rubber backing to prevent embarassing pratfalls.
Grow and Protect
, Gardener's Supply Company, $149
A great solution for small-space, patio, deck or apartment gardens, this vertical tomato growing system is self-watering and comes with everything you need (all you have to provide are two tomato plants) to grow this summer's best toms ever. Better still, you can coordinate to your space with black, terracotta and white color options.
, Insect Shield, $34.99
Not only is this packable cotton hat pretty, with the perfect brim for sun protection, it is part of the Insect Shield line of products treated with EPA-registered odorless insect protection to keep mosquitoes, ticks, ants, flies and midges out of your hair while you garden. The insect protection stays good for 70 washings.
, Insect Shield, $29
Whether you are using it for gardening or taking it camping, this pretty oversized 71"x36" wrap in blue, taupe or coral does triple duty keeping you warm, functioning as a cover-up and making sure insects stay away.