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How to garden in style this season

With so many of us embracing the outdoors, lockdown has unleashed the joy of gardening for a new generation.

As the RHS Chelsea Flower Show returns with a difference this week – it is taking place online this year – here we share some gardening style inspiration. As more of us are on a mission to overhaul our green spaces, thanks to our guide below you can at least look the part, regardless of the results.

It matters little whether your own plot resembles a prize winning show garden, or an unkempt wilderness (we prefer the term contemporary meadow). As the nation emerges gently and in part from lockdown, those of us lucky enough to have a garden are heading out, secateurs in-hand, to embrace our green spaces.

Well-heeled

When gardening, footwear is key. It is important to be safe and comfortable, but ideally stylish too. I remain haunted by a story of my Nana, who, foolishly choosing to garden in flip flops, once pierced her foot with a pitchfork. Safe to practical footwear is now top of my outdoor attire list.

Wellington boots are one option, but can feel clunky and sticky during the warmer months. The brilliant Le Chameau have of course given us the ideal solution, in the Giverny Bottillon – a perfect alternative to yard wellies (RRP £100).

Continuing the spirit of RHS Chelsea Flower Show, these RHS-inspired Muckster II Ankle Boots from The Original Muck Boot Company are another great find. In terms of practicality, they are slightly lower cut and feature a fun vegetable print on the upper body. RRP £75.

The clever soles (geddit?) at Backdoorshoes stock a variety of both men’s and women’s printed waterproof clogs. Perfect for gardening, they are also easy-on for taking the bins or 2m-distance collecting of parcels. Available in an cheering variety of prints, from dogs and cats to daisies or leopard print, these are the popular Poppy Explosion design, RRP £31.95.

Comfortable clothing

Loose fitting clothing is preferable when it comes to gardening, especially in the summer months. As many of us have had our leisurewear all but tattooed on of late, a comfy pair of gym leggings does work well. Editor Hollie-Ella has her stylish eye on the Contour Workout Leggings from Sweaty Betty UK, RRP £60.

For the days when gym leggings won’t cut it, our friends at Schoffel have the perfect all-round solution in the simply chic Athena Linen Dress. Available in sage or navy, this is now now reduced to £63.95 (was £79.95).

Sun protection

Wearing sunglasses is essential for me. I can’t see much without prescription glasses and (as of yet) am too much of a wimp to try contacts. Glasses protect your eyes from harmful UV rays and rogue branches, as well as looking cool.

This rounded, stylish-edged pair from Taylor Morris Eyewear work well. Leightweight means they’ll stay on and subtle enough to elevate to your garden-work outfit. Shop the Westbourne in Matte Rose and Blue Tint now, RRP £180.

For the less proactive gardener, a panama is a feminine and chic option for fair-weather gardeners. Our favourites are the Holland Cooper Clothing Panama Hats, currently on sale for £79 (was £129).

Arm candy

With garden twine and fork safely tucked into pockets, hands are free for a smart accessory. Gardeners’ favourite Haws have made our evening watering routine extra stylish with the Fazeley Flow Green Watering Can. Holding up to 2 pints, it’s light even when filled, thus leaving your other hand free for a cold glass of something.

The elegant non-drip spout makes it a winner for keeping your interior plants well-hydrated. RRP £32.99. @hawswateringcans


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