Episode 19

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Gardeners' World, 2013 Episode 19 of 31

Duration: 30 minutes

Monty Don shares some of Longmeadow's late-summer highlights and looks ahead to the future, propagating a range of favourite plants to guarantee a great display next summer. Carol Klein celebrates a vibrant summer flower, the daylily, and we meet an artist who has created a very special roof garden where creativity and colour collide.

  • Gardening with grasses

    Gardening with grasses

    Using grasses in borders can be really rewarding: not only are they low maintenance but they produce fantastic flower heads in summer and autumn which can provide structure in a garden right through until spring.


    The grass borders at Longmeadow are in a sheltered sunny spot that helps them to thrive. The soil is heavy and can be wet in winter but Monty has improved it with lots of grit to aid drainage.


    The grasses which are flourishing at Longmeadow include:

    • Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’
    • Deschampsia cespitosa (tufted hair grass)
    • Anemanthele lessoniana (pheasant grass) 
    • Stipa gigantea (golden oats)
    • Miscanthus sinensis 'Malepartus'

    Perennials which combine really well with the grasses include: 

    • Rudbeckia lanceolata 
    • Aster umbellatus 
    • Inula magnifica

    Plants that self-seed freely amongst them include: 

    • Verbena bonariensis
    • fennel
    • teasels


    More information about gardening with grasses (rhs.org.uk)

  • Jobs for the weekend: Cut back thyme

    At this time of year thyme can get very woody which is not so good for cooking with. If you cut it back fairly hard now, removing most of this year’s growth, you’ll get a fresh crop of tender green leaves that are ideal for using in the kitchen.


    More about growing herbs (rhs.org.uk)

  • Jobs for the weekend: Keep picking cucurbits

    The cucurbit family, which includes courgettes and cucumbers, are producing lots of fruit now and it’s important to keep picking them while they’re small. That way they’ll be better to eat and they’ll keep producing new fruits, extending the harvesting season by weeks.

    More about cucurbits (www.kew.org)

  • Jobs for the weekend: Tidy and prune rambling roses

    Rambling roses produce their flowers on the previous season’s growth so now they’ve finished flowering, it’s a good time to tidy them up and prune them as necessary. Cut back any unwanted growth and tie in new shoots where they are to flower next summer. If your plant is old and woody, remove some of the old stems to encourage new shoots.


    For advice about rose pruning (www.bbc.co.uk)


Monty Don
Carol Klein
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Liz Rumbold
Babs Lewis


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