The UK weather can be turbulent, one day it's sunshine and the next day rain, you never know what to prepare for.
Rainy day gardening doesn't have to be such a chore, though. If you work efficiently and with the weather in mind, you can take your garden up a notch.
What rainy day products do I need?
Although it can make your soil and grass fairly soggy, rain can actually be really efficient for us as gardeners. Using extra gardening products can help to collect water sustainably.
The first thing you need to buy to make your gardening more efficient through the summer is a water butt, also known as a 'rain barrel'.
What is a water butt, you ask? These tanks usually hold water runoff, typically through rooftops and pipes. You'll generally see them looking like big grey or green bins.
Luckily, nowadays you can get lots of different kinds of water butts and cans that don't have to look like an eyesore or stand out in your garden for catching rainwater.
The benefits of water butts
These big barrels have a lot of advantages if you're considering investing in one for your modern garden.
1. Saving water: some large water butts can collect around 550 litres of water, but the average is around 200 litres. Instead of using taps or hoses, these water butts will collect all the water from natural rain you need to keep your garden moist.
2. Saving money: The barrel of collected water won’t come from your water system, as it’s fresh it will save you money if your water is metered.
3. Easy to install: You don’t need anything complex to install a water butt, if necessary you may need an extra diverter but they are easy and cheap to find.
What other products should I be using?
If you're not looking at installing a water butt into your garden, we've also picked out the best rain catchers, watering cans to collect rainwater in, and rain gauges.
From a terracotta watering can to a unique copper rain gauge, you can keep an eye on your garden whilst also keeping an eye on the rain.
Here is our breakdown of the best rainy day garden products such as water butts, watering cans, and rain gauges you can get now.
The best rainwater catchers for a modern garden
BeGreen Water Butt 100L
Best basic rainy day gardening product
If you're looking for something simple and easy to get started on your rainy day gardening journey, snap up this water butt kit which includes a stand and diverter - perfect for any water collecting beginner.
It holds up to 100L which is perfect for any small modern garden and won't take up too much space. Easy to assemble, just pop it up and wait for the rain.
Garantia Linus 2in1 Water Tank 220L
Best disguisable water butt
Holding over 220 litres, this decorative water butt will look right at home in a modern garden. Disguised as a tall plant pot, guests will never know that it's a water butt.
Pop your favourite plant in the top planter cup, which is removable to make planting as easy as possible, while also allowing for the inside of the tank to be cleaned regularly.
Madison Rain Barrel with Fountain in Millstone, 185L
Best luxury rain barrel
Holding up to 185 litres, this luxury water butt collects rainwater and then also acts as a water feature. Spurting out water with its integrated water fountain, just add pebbles.
This isn't too tall, standing at only 83cm, so it won't take up too much room in your garden. It has an easily accessible hose to fill a water can or empty the barrel. A great addition to any modern garden.
Venitian Terracotta Watering Can
Best rainy day watering can
A medieval ancestor of the modern watering can, this design was used by gardeners of the time to carry collected rainwater. Made out of terracotta, this beautiful watering can is a great statement piece for any garden.
Fill with water and seal the upper opening with your finger. Remove your finger and water will delicately spray out via the sprinkler in the base.
Cascading Rain Catcher
Best aesthetic rain catcher
If you're looking for an aesthetic rain catcher, this cascading piece is a unique rain collector. These pretty rain cups fill up and gently chime when they knock against one, making sounds depending on how full of water they are.
Coming in three different sizes, these rain catchers can hold from 10-15 cups of water.
Watering Can Rain Chain
Best unique rain catcher
Another statement piece to collect water and inspired by rain chains from Japan, this is a simple water feature with a difference. This rain catcher also makes sounds with the bell at the bottom of the chain.
Hang from a pergola or guttering where the raindrops can fall into the top watering can and then cascade all the way down. When the water reaches the bottom, the little bell will ring. It’s made from metal with an aged finish.
Rain Barrel Row in Olive Green
Best unique water barrel
Don't like the basic rain barrels you can buy? Check out this unique water butt. Not only does this Rain Barrel Row in Olive Green look super-stylish, it will also collect 130L of soft rainwater that your plants will love.
Practical and stylish, this is perfect for any modern garden looking to be sustainable and eco-friendly. The barrel itself has been made sustainably in the Netherlands so it's perfect for any green gardener.
Corten Steel Reflective Water Pool
Best rainy day water pool
A beautiful and distinctive piece for collecting water, this steel water bowl collects water with ease. Let the rain fill up this Reflective Water Pool then sit back, relax and enjoy the light and depth it adds to your garden.
Made from 3mm Corten Steel, the high quality provides durability and sustainability. Starting from £115 for a 60cm pool, these water pools go up to prices of £2039, if you're looking at larger bowls.
Orwell Copper Rain Gauge
Best rainy day rain gauge
Looking for a modern and durable rain gauge? This Orwell Rain Gauge in copper is perfect to keep an eye on the rainfall in your garden whilst fitting in with garden style.
All you need to do is pop it into space in your garden and the rain will fall through the defined aperture into the inner plastic measure. You will need to measure this once a day to keep an eye on the rainfall.