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RHS Chelsea Product of the Year shortlist:

The RHS Chelsea Garden Product of the Year was launched in 2011 to recognise the best new garden products launched at the show. An expert judging panel consisting of garden journalists, industry buyers and business entrepreneurs assess the shortlisted products taking into account innovation, visual appeal, functionality, quality, value for money and environmental sustainability. The winning product will be announced on Tuesday 20 May.

Under £100

Isio Shape and Edge Shear www.bosch.com Cordless shrub and grass shear for shaping shrubs or trimming lawn edges. Prices: Isio Shape and Edge £64.99, Isio Sprayer Attachment £19.99, Isio Telescopic Handle £29.99 Napoli Solar Garden Light www.solartechnology.co.uk With its lithium-ion battery charged from an internal solar panel, the Napoli light gives and an impressive 2.4m downward light pool and also an upward soft accent light. Price: £24.99 Pico Reel www.hozelock.com The Pico Reel has been designed for watering small garden spaces. Compact, lightweight and easy to rewind, it can be manoeuvred with ease. It is ready to use with fittings and spray gun. Price: RRP £29.99 Plant Prop www.plantsupports.co.uk A brilliant prop for holding plants against a wall without the need for screws and wires. Especially useful in a courtyard or small garden, it can be used in many other ways. Price: £10 for a pack of three Seed Cube www.mr-fothergills.co.uk Each cube contains a mix of hardy annuals sufficient to cover up to 10sq m. Available in Red, Blue, Yellow and White, they will give a splash of colour anywhere. Price: £2.95 or two for £5 Stainless Long Handled Bulb Planter www.burgonandball.com This RHS-endorsed tool slices through soil with ease thanks to its sharp, angled blade. Stainless steel head with FSC certified ash handle. Price: RRP £29.95 Stormproof Vegetable Cage www.harrodhorticultural.com The new Harrod Stormproof vegetable cages feature ingenious new ‘Frame Saver Clips’ that save frameworks from hurricanes and snow while keeping plants protected; they also allow exceptionally easy plant access. Price: kits from £49 Tendamesh www.agralan.co.uk A lightweight mesh to protect tender crops against insects including flea beetle. Price: RRP £9.99 Twool Rope www.twool.co.uk Super sustainable twool rope is made from twool twine, a British wool alternative to imported jute twine. Outstanding in strength, stretch and breaking load, it is perfect for garden use. Prices: from £3.50 to £21

Over £100

A la Carte Bar Stool www.gazeburvill.com Gaze Burvill craftsmen have created a superbly comfortable outdoor bar stool from sustainably forested oak, with curve and contour shaping giving unrivalled ergonomic performance, and an elegant, light, modern look. Price: £720 Kadai Planter www.wilstone.com An attractive recycled, robust planter made from hand-cut wrought-iron plates that are skilfully riveted together. Ideal for bulbs, herbs, small trees and exotic displays for all-year colour. Prices: from £159 for a 60cm recycled Kadai and tripod stand, to £2017 for a 180cm Kadai on sandstone base. MiniMax www.biggreenegg.com From the makers of Big Green Egg ceramic barbecues, the new MiniMax has all the cooking capabilities of larger Eggs but in a portable package designed for urban balconies and smaller gardens. Price: (tbc) Rainwater Terrace www.perennial.org.uk A new concept in rainwater collection, the unique Rainwater Terrace design not only enables collection of rainwater, but its integrated growing system makes it an attractive addition to the home. Prices: from £129 to £179 Sculptured Spherical Fire Pit www.thefirepitcompany.co.uk This is a beautiful, artistic, hand-sculptured spherical fire pit, featuring silhouettes of English wildlife, including deer, boxing hares and an embracing couple set in English woodland. Price: on application Soane Mouth of Truth Mask www.haddonstone.com/en-gb With its theatrical appearance, the Mouth of Truth Mask features an open mouth with flowing hair and can be used either as a wall fountain or wall plaque. Price: £295 (tbc) The Bite www.davidharber.co.uk The Bite is a copper sphere with three curved, stainless steel bites taken out of it. Prices: copper and mirror-polished stainless steel, £21,000 including delivery and installation; mirror-polished stainless steel and a contrasting muted stainless, £13,500. The Heart Back www.sittingspiritually.co.uk The Heart Back has been designed to celebrate Sitting Spirituallys 10th Anniversary, and is influenced by the Arts & Crafts movement, so is closely linked to good garden design. The Heart Back is available across all the firms ranges as a two, three and four seater in Tranquillity, Serenity, Kyokusen, Harmony & RHS Chestnut, and as a swing seat, garden bench or Rockabye, so is an extremely versatile design. It is licensed by the RHS, to whom a donation goes for every one sold. Prices: from £1,510 to £5,014

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