A hose that would have fit into my Christmas stocking


HT to my husband who saw this commercial and brought it to my attention.  We’re getting carpeted with snow by the first real winter storm I’ve seen in a while (last winter barely deserved the name), and I’ve been thinking about the garden.  On my list of projects are:

  1. Finally solve my easeway problem by covering the whole thing with a stone-enclosed raised bed planted with a perennial that tolerates dry shade. I’m thinking hakonechloa, which does look great en masse.
  2. Fix the back flagstone pathway.
  3. Pull out all the ostrich ferns. Replace with …
  4. Do better containers.
  5. Make everything better—somehow.

For some reason, snowstorms make me think about the garden. Who knows if any of these blizzard-driven imaginings will come to pass? Probably not all of them, because I am not handy with hardscaping and will have to hire.

One modest thing I would really like is a decent hose, but such a thing might be even farther out of reach than the easeway solution.  Amy posted about the pretty purple Dramm hoses, but they didn’t look much different than the green variety I wrestle with every day during a dry summer.

So—a pocket hose? Anybody ever used one?

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Elizabeth Licata

Elizabeth Licata has been a regular writer for  Garden Rant since 2007, after contributing a guest rant about the overuse of American flags in front gardens. She lives and gardens in Buffalo, N.Y., which, far from the frozen wasteland many assume it to be, is a lush paradise of gardens, historic architecture, galleries, museums, theaters, and fun. As editor of Buffalo Spree magazine,  Licata helps keep Western New Yorkers apprised about what is happening in their region. She is also a freelance writer and art curator, who’s been published in Fine Gardening, Horticulture, ArtNews, Art in America, the Village Voice, and many other publications. She does regularly radio segments for the local NPR affiliate, WBFO.

Licata is involved with Garden Walk Buffalo, the largest free garden tour in the US and possibly the world,and has written the text for a book about Garden Walk. She has also written and edited several art-related books. Contact Elizabeth: ealicata at yahoo.com


  1. You might want to think about epimediums for an ostrich fern replacement. They don’t seem to give a rip about being parked in dry, inhospitable shade. Mine are doing fantastic here in the Finger Lakes!

  2. Hoses are the bane of my existence! Even the expensive ones seem to leak after a few years and kink. I put them in the basement in the winter too. Let us know if you find anything you like.

  3. I have yet to meet a hose that I can get along with. I have a hose cemetery in my garden shed.
    What is an easeway?

  4. You MUST try The Perfect Garden Hose from JGB Enterprises, Inc. in Syracuse, NY http://tuffguardhose.com/ . It’s super light I think my 50 foot length weighs about 6 lbs, & it WILL NOT KINK! It’s available in 6 different colors & 3 sizes, AND it’s made in the USA to boot. The link I’ve included is to their blog, but they also have YT, twitter FB channel where you can watch a bunch of videos. Trust me this hose works it’s a bit more expensive, but actually cheaper than the DRAMM hose Amy posted. Sorry don’t mean to get so excited about a garden hose, but they have been a thorn in my side for far to long!! E

  5. Put some variagated solomon’s seal with the hakone and perhaps a hosta or two, they are suprisingly tolerant, and you will have a gorgeous strip!

  6. That hose is junk! Have a client that bought one, I set it up for her and it didn’t last through its first use- the end broke off.

    • Thank you….. I loved the idea of that hose, but doubted its quality. Now, I won’t even think about it again.

  7. I second the motion for epimedium in your easeway. I first saw it in drifts at Cornell Plantations and made it my mission to replicate the look at home. The plants are pretty expensive but their hardiness, spring bloom, and fall color make them worth every penny. Another caveat – they spread nicely without running rampant.

  8. I second the epimediums for dry shade. I have sandy soil and they do well. I also have the variegated Solomon seal and it works as well. The regular Solomon ‘s seal in dry shade spreads too much.

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