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South Central Gardening: Holiday Gifts for Gardeners

Lowe's garden contributor Linda Vater shares some of her favorite gift ideas for gardeners in Texas and Oklahoma.

 Linda uses a string trimmer.

Gardeners tend to look at most things through a horticultural lens, and holiday shopping is no exception. I tend to buy garden-type gifts even for the nongardeners on my list. Here are some of my favorite gift ideas from Lowes.com for this season.

  It's hard to miss string trimmers in a Lowe's store.

WORX Cordless String Trimmer and Edger

I speak from experience on this one! Anyone who has struggled with a heavy, cumbersome gas-powered trimmer or edger would LOVE one of these. Light, easy to handle and clean-cutting, this cordless tool is wonderful for edging small to medium lawns and trimming groundcover. Make it even more special by adding an extra rechargeable battery and replacement trimmer line spools.

 This hose nozzle from Lowe's is easy to handle.

Gilmour Metal Thumb Control Dial Nozzle

These easy-to-manipulate nozzles are the perfect solutions for gardeners with arthritic hands, or anyone who does a lot of hose watering ... which would pretty much be all of us who garden in Oklahoma and Texas. I plan to get several this holiday season.

 A citronella torch as a winter present will keep away flying pests next fall.

Garden Treasures 6-ft Contemporary Copper Garden Citronella Torches

Beautiful form meets practical function. I know my friends will love these. They make great vertical elements in large planted pots surrounding pools or alfresco dining spaces. Meanwhile they deter pesky mosquitoes and cast off soft flames as we sit outside in our cooler fall and winter gardens ... one of the reasons we love living in Oklahoma and Texas.

 Large pots make large statements.

Wouldn't those torches look wonderful at night in these large pots? A set of these tied up with a great big red bow equals a practical and dramatic gift!

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