Episode 13

Image for Episode 13Not currently available on BBC iPlayer

Gardeners' World, 2013 Episode 13 of 31

Duration: 30 minutes

As summer unfolds at Longmeadow, Monty Don undertakes timely tasks in his vegetable garden and flower beds. Meanwhile, Carol Klein enjoys the beauty of one of our unsung native flowers, the geum, and visits a cottage garden which holds the national collection of cultivated forms.

Plus, Formula 1 supremo Sir Frank Williams explains why he is opening his garden at Inholmes as part of the National Garden Scheme Festival Weekend.

  • Geums


    Geums are easy to grow, flower for a long time and look great planted amongst other perennials in a border. Their basal clusters of leaves are semi-evergreen, forming useful ground cover in winter.

    Most geums need light shade and a moisture retentive soil. The nodding flowers of Geum rivale benefit from particularly shady spots with continually moist soil; G. chiloense loves sunshine, so long as the soil stays moist, while alpine types such as G. montanum thrive in more free-draining, open sites.

    Geums rarely suffer from pests and disease. Tips for success include dividing clumps every three to four years and deadheading your favourite cultivars to prevent less desirable seedlings springing up amongst them.

  • Garden visited: Inholmes


    Inholmes is the garden of Formula One’s racing supremo, Sir Frank Williams and was created by his late wife, Lady Virginia Williams.



    Woodlands St Mary


    RG17 7SY

    The garden is open on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th June from 12pm until 4pm as part of the National Garden Scheme Festival Weekend.

    More than 4,000 gardens, great and small, open throughout the year for the NGS, with 800 of them open for the Festival Weekend. Money raised goes to charity.


    To find a garden open near you during the National Garden Scheme Festival Weekend, log on to the NGS website.


    National Gardens Scheme 

  • Jobs for the weekend: Neaten up hedges

    Although it’s best to leave major hedge-trimming for another few weeks to allow birds time to leave the nest, you’d be amazed at the difference a little judicious pruning of vertical surfaces makes, especially on entrances and exits. Just trim them so they’re crisp and it will tighten up the whole garden.


    More about when to prune hedges

  • Jobs for the weekend: Plant out courgettes

    The nights are now warm enough to plant out courgettes with confidence. They will grow well in the soil or in containers if you enrich your growing medium with some garden compost or well-rotted manure. Plant only one plant per large container, put it in a sunny position and water well for harvests right through into late summer.

    More about growing courgettes and squash

  • Jobs for the weekend: Take softwood cuttings

    Now is a good time to take cuttings from deciduous shrubs, like Fuchsia or Philadelphus. Choose a new shoot that has no flower buds on it and remove it by cutting beneath a leaf node. Strip off the lower leaves and push the cuttings into free-draining compost. Water them and place them in a sheltered position and they’ll be ready to pot on in autumn or next spring, once roots have formed.


    For advice about taking softwood cuttings


Monty Don
Carol Klein
Series Editor
Liz Rumbold
Babs Lewis


More about this week’s show

More expert gardening advice

Find out more about the gardens featured in the show and get some topical tips.

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Added. Check out your playlist Dismiss