High Summer

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Duration: 30 minutes

Plantswoman Carol Klein shares with us a year in her garden at Glebe Cottage in North Devon.

In July and August the garden is building to a peak. Flowers are at their very brightest and most beautiful with geraniums abounding and the fragrance of lilies pervading the garden. To keep the garden looking glorious, there is staking to be done, roses to deadhead and cuttings of asters to take.

Carol sets to work in her Hot Borders. She plants out the castor oil plants, grown from seed, and places cannas, gingers and dahlias to create an exotic, hot, explosion of colour.

Carol also takes a walk along the dunes of her local beach, Braunton Burrows to seek out the native sea holly, a plant she would dearly love to grow in her own garden.

  • July In Bloom – Trumpet lilies

    July In Bloom – Trumpet lilies

    A stroll through the garden on a warm summers evening would not be the same without the intoxicating perfume of lilies. Trumpet lilies either grown in pots or in the ground are impressive and stately. There are many different varieties, many of which have different flowering times. Propagating by taking bulb scales, at planting time, can take time but is well worth the dedication.

    RHS Propagating Bulbs
  • August In Bloom - Cosmos bipinnatus 'Purity'

    August In Bloom - Cosmos bipinnatus 'Purity'

    Grown from seed at the beginning of the year then planted out in early summer, Cosmos ‘Purity’ brings freshness and levity to the garden.
    Nipping-out old spent flowers maintains their freshness and encourages new bud formation so producing more flowers. They also make fantastic cut flowers.

    BBC Gardening Guide - Growing cut flowers
  • Alice’s Garden – Rosa ‘Sander’s White Rambler’

    In July the rose arch in Alice’s Garden is festooned with the pure white froth of rambling rose ‘Sander White’. A little discerning pruning as blooms begin to fade keeps the show looking fresh and pristine.

    BBC Gardening Plant finder
  • Hot Borders – Planting out Ricinus

    Hot Borders – Planting out Ricinus

    The castor oil plant, Ricinus communis, is a member of the spurge family found in the Mediterranean where it takes on tree-like proportions but here it is treated as an annual – it doesn’t like our winters. Seed started off in early spring will eventually product plants a couple of metres high by the end of the season. Its huge palmate leaves are what Carol grows it for. They are deep maroon, and very ‘exotic’ but also like many members of the spurge family very toxic so wash hands after handling.

    Wikipedia – Castor oil plant
  • Raised Bed – Eryngium bourgatii

    Raised Bed – Eryngium bourgatii

    Eryngium bourgatii is the eryngium Carol chooses to grow in her garden. Bourgatii enjoys a moderately fertile soil but it must be very free draining so she grows it in her raised bed. Collecting seed at the end of the season and getting it sown will provide even more of these prickly, starry, sensations.

    Wikipedia – Eryngium info
  • Hot Borders.

    The Hot Borders are a late summer ‘exotic’ extravagance, apart from the permanent plantings of shrubs and herbaceous plants, Carol adds annuals Rudbeckia hirta 'Rustic Dwarfs' and with Neil helping container grown tender exotics; bananas, gingers, cannas and dahlias are carefully nestled into place, the whole effect is zingy, hot and exuberant.

    RHS Wisley Walled garden with a tropical twist
  • Annie’s Garden – Nicotiana langsdorffii

    Annie’s Garden – Nicotiana langsdorffii

    Nicotiana langsdorffii, or tobacco plant, with its small lime-green bell like flowers, is another favourite annual Carol likes to grow. When planting her young plants out into the borders Carol always holds a few plants back and pots them on. Later in the year when spaces appear in the garden she has fully mature plants that can be dropped in to fill the gaps.

    Wikipedia - Nicotiana


Carol Klein
Mark Scott
Mark Scott
Series Producer
Tricia Lawton
Executive Producer
Sarah Moors


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