If you’re an urban gardener with a small space and not much room to house large hose reels and other watering essentials, there are some products on the market that can help you save space and time.

Collapsible watering cans, solar-powered watering systems for those with balcony plants or a handful of containers, and self-watering planters can all save you time and space in a small garden.


Watering aids for small gardens

Here are five items that could make watering a breeze…

1. Gardena AquaBloom set

Gardena AquaBloom set

You don’t need an outside tap or an electricity supply to water your balcony plants – just a bucket of water nearby – as this solar-powered irrigation system will do the job for you.

The kit works from a solar-powered control unit and integrated electronic pump, which will draw the water from your bucket and distribute it via micro-drip feeders, watering up to 20 plants.

The kit comes with a solar panel, micro drip components which feed into each pot and has 14 selectable programmes, so you can choose the watering frequency you want. The main unit can be placed anywhere sunny, whether on a table or fixed to a wall.

Ideal for the balcony gardener who just wants to chill at the end of the day, rather than spending time watering pots, or if you’re going away this summer and don’t to want to return to wilted, bedraggled container plants.

Gardena Solar-Powered Irrigation Aquabloom Set: A Solar-Powered Irrigation System for Your Balcony...
  • Reliable operation: The Aquabloom set waters your balcony and patio plants all season long, even when it’s overcast
  • The control unit consists of a pump, solar panel and irrigation control all in one and can be placed wherever you wish
  • Solar-powered irrigation: Evenly waters up to 20 plants to a maximum height of 4 m, ideal for when you’re away on holiday

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2. Hozelock Micro Reel

Do away with all that palaver of getting out the oversized hose reel – which is full of kinks – just to water a few container plants, with this handy new micro reel, which is so small you can carry it around with you while you water. It features a 10m hose and fittings, and has a ‘click and go’ design, meaning you just click the connector onto your tap and let the rotating drum unwind the hose as you walk.

It’s super easy to rewind the hose too, thanks to its integrated handle, and you can simply water the plants you need to get to by walking out the exact amount of hose your need or wind it off the reel for greater flexibility.

Hozelock Micro Small Hose and Reel, Ideal for patios/Balconies, Grey
  • Small, ideal for patios/balconies
  • 10m hose, nozzle and connectors included
  • Winding handle for fast rewind

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3. Elho Self-watering Insert, from £6.99, elho.com


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Even watering houseplants can be a faff if you’re not sure how often you should do it or you’re prone to forgetting. So you could replant your treasured houseplant in this handy self-watering insert, made from recycled plastic, and then put it into a decorative pot (the insert comes in a variety of sizes).

The insert provides an easy watering system, featuring a water meter on the device, which shows you when the plant needs feeding, and helps prevent you from overwatering.

4. Collapsible Watering Can and Bucket


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If you’re short of space but need a watering can or bucket, look no further than this clever gizmo, which basically folds flat when not in use, but pops out as a watering can when your plants are thirsty. It’s UV resistant, will hold seven gallons of water in watering can mode, and nine if you’re using it as a bucket. The best thing is its foldability because in its collapsed state, it reduces to 9cm x 22cm x 22cm, small enough to slot onto a shelf easily, or even hang on a hook without bumping into it.

Colapz Collapsible Watering Can - Collapsible Bucket - Folding Bucket - Campervan Accessories UK -...
  • ✅ DUAL DESIGN - Genius design incorporating watering Can and bucket. Essential accessory for gardening, camping, caravans and campervans or general use around the house or garden.
  • ✅ SPACE SAVING - Innovative collapsible space saving design with the different attachments which store in the base allowing you to convert according to your requirements. Designed to be multi...
  • ✅ LARGE CAPACITY - The large capacity 9 litre design as a bucket or 7 litres as a watering can ensures you don't have to compromise on capacity. Full size the watering can measures 27cm x 22cm x...

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5. Pila Colour Planter, £58.99, lechuza.co.uk


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Stylish city slickers can add smooth lines to their urban outdoor space – and not get their watering cans out too much – with these new self-watering Pila colour planters, which come in six shades, ranging from petrol blue and pastel green to light grey and sand brown. The sleek-looking containers can be used both inside and out, and come with a water level indicator, so you know when your plants need moisture, plus a removable plant liner.

Another cool addition that Lechuza has introduced is a stackable storage module, which can go underneath your pot plant, so you can play around with different heights of planters, knowing that you’ve space underneath your greenery to store accessories.


Best-selling watering systems

Stuck for inspiration? Check out our list of best-selling Amazon products!

SaleBestseller No. 1
Micro Drip Irrigation Kit,king do way 42m/138ft Garden Irrigation System with Adjustable Nozzle...
  • ✤【Upgrade 4 in 1 Grip Irrigation System】- KING DO WAY combined customer's opinion for improvement since 2020. Water all your plants at one time with 40M + 2M HOSE DESIGN irrigation tubing.The...
  • ✤【Adjustable Water Flow & 4 Kinds of Sprayer Mode】- Comes with 156 accessories, including 15 Misting Nozzles +10 Adjustable Dripper +5 Sprinkler + 3 G-type Suspension Nozzle (NEW!). Every 360°...
  • ✤【Save water and save time】 - KING DO WAY Plants drip irrigation system can save up to 70% in water savings. Precision watering system delivers just the right amount of water slowly and...
SaleBestseller No. 2
Hozelock Ltd 20 Pot Watering Kit Including AC1 Timer which Has 13 Pre-set Programs to Supply Water...
  • Automatic watering for patio pots, hanging baskets, borders, veg patches and greenhouse plants
  • Waters up to 20 pots
  • The AC 1 Electronic water timer with dial programming, offering a variety of watering durations from once per week up to four times per day
SaleBestseller No. 3
king do way Micro Drip Irrigation Kit, Garden Irrigation System with Adjustable Nozzle Sprinkler...
  • ❀【Upgrade Drip Irrigation System】:king do way combined customer's opinion for improvement since Jan 2021.Water all your plants at one time with 29M hose irrigation tubing which made from high...
  • ❀【Upgrade Drip Irrigation Sets with Y Tap Connector】:This garden watering kit is equipped with Y tap connector with Independent Switch to control the water flow or quickly shut off the water,and...
  • ❀【2-Way Connector】: The two-way quick connector can increase water flow, reduce water from long-distance pipes and reduce unnecessary problems.Precision watering system delivers just the right...
Bestseller No. 4
Pathonor 40m/131ft Drip Irrigation System Garden Watering Kits Adjustable Nozzle Mist Cooling...
  • 【157Pcs Upgrade High Quality Drip Irrigation Kit】:New drip irrigation hose combined customer opinions to improve, is made of high-quality, UV-resistant, chemical-resistant ABS plastic, and...
  • 【Fit for All Faucet】:PATHONOR drip irrigation kit is equipped with a universal faucet connector and threaded faucet connector, compatible with unthreaded and 1/2” threaded taps.
  • 【Independent Adjustable Water Flow Switch】:The watering irrigation drip irrigation kit is equipped with 2-way connector, 15 orange atomizing nozzle and 20 red irrigation dripper. You can adjust...
SaleBestseller No. 5
Tikola Garden Irrigation Systems, Drip Irrigation Kits Include 151 Accessories, Plants Watering...
  • 【A Complete Set of Drip Irrigation Kit】 Our drip irrigation kit contains a total of 151 accessories, including all the components needed from faucets to plants. It consists of pipe, universal...
  • 【Larger Irrigation Area】 We have added a new Double Channel Connectors to our drip irrigation package, which can split flow and partial pressure, so it can irrigate a larger area than the...
  • 【Equipment Upgrade】 The main pipe in the upgraded kit have increased to 13ft (4m), which is twice that of the general kit in the market. At the same time, the nozzles have increased to 4 types,...

Last update on 2021-06-21 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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