In the Beechgrove Garden it's time to be pruning hedges. Jim shows how to prune a range of hedges, from the straightforward cotoneaster to the more challenging elevated pleached lime. Meanwhile, George and Carole will be planting a hedge of purple flowering nepeta to replace the ex-lavender hedge with a similar look, but hopefully more hardy disposition.
George and head gardener Jane are in the show veg polytunnel unveiling the monster veg within... they hope. Carole visits Ian Alexander's Birken Cottage garden near Inverurie. This is a steeply sloping garden of just under an acre and is packed with plants. The garden rises from a wet streamside gully and woodland, past sunny terraces and a small parterre, to dry flowering banks.
George is also with Alison Ramcharran in Coldingham, Berwickshire. She lives right on the coast and would like to know how to plant a living windbreak with native shrubs and trees to withstand sea and salt spray.