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Production team | 13:52 UK time, Friday, 28 August 2009

Hi all
On tonight's packed show Toby will give tips on how to smarten up your gardens this weekend, and will be preparing Greenacre for winter gardening tasks ahead. One problem many of us have to deal with at this time of the year is late blight, and Toby will talk through some ways of tackling this.

We'll also be visiting Carol at Glebe Cottage, where she'll be talking about the late summer flowering perennial, Phlox.
Joe will be visiting the stunning York Gate garden in Leeds, while looking for inspiration for Greenacre. He will also be talking through his planting scheme for his green roof, over his bike store, in his front garden at Greenacre.
After looking back at the dreadful downpour of rain a few weeks ago, which prevented Toby and Joe from planting in the coastal garden; you'll be pleased to know that tonight we'll be revisiting the coastal garden!
If you want to create your own coastal garden this weekend, picking a sunny spot on well-drained soil is essential. But it's not impossible if you garden on clay - just dig in plenty of grit beforehand.
Here is a list of materials and plants that Toby and Joe used. The rusty chains came from a local salvage yard and the pebbles were bought from a garden centre.

  • Railway sleepers
  • Concrete
  • Permeable weed suppressing membrane
  • Pebbles
  • Gabions
  • Rusty chains
  • Empty bottles
  • Driftwood or sunbleached timber
  • Armeria maritime, Thrift
  • Centranthus ruber, Red valerian
  • Crambe maritima, Sea kale
  • Elymus hispidus, Wild blue rye
  • Erigeron karvinskianus, Mexican fleabane
  • Eryngium giganteum, Miss Willmott's ghost
  • Eryngium pandanifolium, Giant sea holly
  • Euphorbia myrsinites, Myrtle spurge
  • Glaucium flavum f. fulvum, Horned poppy
  • Limonium binervosum, Rock sea lavender
  • Phormium 'Sundowner', New Zealand flax
  • Santolina chamaecyparissus, Cotton lavender
  • Stipa tenuissima, Mexican feather grass
  • Verbascum bombyciferum 'Polarsommer', Broussa mullein

If you're looking for places to visit over the bank holiday weekend our episode guide has some top recommendations from the production team and you can also find a full list of all featured plants from the show.
That's all for now enjoy, your gardening weekend.

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