Gardening tools: the best tools to build your gardening kit

Whether you’re designing the garden of your dreams, adding a touch of greenery to your urban balcony, or venturing out to grow your own vegetables, the best gardening tools will ease your path to success. From Ilse Crawford’s visionary watering can to Normann Copenhagen’s dustpan and brush, our selection is based on form as well as function. Here we round up gardening tools that are a cut above, and sure to hone your prowess.

japanese garden scissors

japanese garden scissors

(Image credit: Niwaki)

Last name: Sentei Uekibasami Garden Scissors
Mark: Niwaki
Price: 29€

Perfect for cutting flowers for flower arrangements, dead pruning and light pruning. With round forged carbon steel handles, the scissors are comfortable to use and work well for little hands, yet strong enough to make precise cuts, adding to the simple and satisfying pleasure of back cutting. Take care of your scissors with camellia oil and occasional sharpening over time. Made in Sanjo, Japan.

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flower scissors

flower scissors

(Image credit: Banshu Hamono)

Last name: Ikenobo Basami flower scissors
Mark: Banshu Hamono
Price: 155 €

Made using the same techniques used for generations by Japanese artisans, these flower scissors are ideal for cutting thick stems, such as lilies. The blades are acutely angled to cut without crushing plant fibers, allowing flowers to absorb water and last longer in your vase. The scissors are hand-forged by a 90-year-old craftsman using a single iron rod. Banshu Hamono was originally a family business, producing swords, then kitchen knives and now other items including gardening tools such as shears.

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A sophisticated watering can

watering can

(Image credit: Ilse Crawford, for Skultuna)

Last name: Nurture Watering Can
Designate: Ilse Crawford, for Skultuna
Price: £160

Ilse Crawford brings Aladdin’s lamp to life to make your garden wishes come true. The vibrant brass finish will bring a welcome glow to your tool shed or greenhouse. Swedish brass specialist Skultana is known for its timeless home accessories, and this watering can will last season after season.

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black toolbox

(Image credit: Ferm Living)

Last name: Grib Toolkit
Mark: Ferm Living
Price: 79€

Providing portable storage for your gardening tools or acting as a stand for cut flowers, the Grib Toolbox is a practical solution both outdoors and indoors. In addition to black, Ferm Living offers softer colors: cashmere (cream), light gray and olive. Made of simple, powder-coated metal, the tool box features a spherical handle designed to rest comfortably in your palm.

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A Creature-Inspired Gardening Kit

gardening tools

(Image credit: Godefroy de Virieu for Bacsac)

Last name: Garden fetish tools
Designate: Godefroy de Virieu for Bacsac
Price: From 59€ to 79€ per tool

This playful trio includes stag beetle-shaped garden tools (equipped with mandibles for raking, a pointed spatula body for digging, and a wooden stand that gives the tool a sculptural appeal when not in use not) ; a mole (with claws to aerate the soil); and a toucan (with a cutting beak). The tools are hand forged by a small family business in the Netherlands from light but sturdy carbon steel and bring pleasure to gardening tasks.

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Essential gardening set

gardening tools

(Image credit: Hay)

Last name: Garden Tool Set
Mark: Hay
Price: $39

Avid gardeners and budding beginners will appreciate Hay’s cute and simple aluminum alloy tool set. With two trowels and a fork, it’s the perfect gift, or do yourself a favor and start getting rid of those weeds.

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Dustpan and Broom

dustpan and broom

(Image credit: Normann Copenhagen)

Last name: Shovel & Broom
Mark: Normann Copenhagen
Price: £24

Spring is a busy time in the garden, but coping with clutter can also be difficult. This dustpan and broom offers functionality and attractive aesthetics in one. The dustpan is designed to fit comfortably in the hand and the brush, made of wood and natural bristles, stores neatly in its hole when not in use.

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