Longmeadow is now under full sail but needs a gentle steer to keep it looking beautiful all summer long. In this episode, Monty Don cuts back his delphiniums and adds a touch of the exotic to his Jewel Garden.
Carol Klein is in Kent meeting lavender expert and breeder, Dr Simon Charlesworth, whose stunning walled garden is packed with many varieties of this beautifully scented plant.
And Joe Swift visits the founder of the Mulberry fashion label, whose Somerset garden is a design classic.
Take the risk and grow tender perennials
Gunneras, cannas, dahlias, echiums, agaves and bananas are all bold, dramatic plants that can have an amazing visual effect capable of completely changing the look of a garden. Monty has fallen in love with Ensete ventricosum ‘Maurelii’, the Abyssinian banana, but before being tempted to go tropical, there are a couple of things you need to consider. First, have a think about what your own garden looks like and how the new plant will sit in it. These plants can often be large and very dramatic and the key is to make sure they enhance rather than dominate. Linking several of these plants can then create a theme and change the look of a whole garden. Monty has chosen the purple-leaved Ensete because it links with the other purple foliage that is so key to the Jewel Garden.
The other thing to consider is winter protection. Read up on what each plant needs to get through our cold, wet winters. This will also depend hugely on where you live and the microclimate of your own individual garden. Some plants can be wrapped and left in situ, while others need to be lifted and stored somewhere frost-free. The banana Monty planted falls into the latter category.
Overwintering tender plants (rhs.org.uk)
Tel. 01749 340410
The gardens at Kilver Court are open all year round and if you’re a member of the RHS, you can get in free from January to April and from October to December. For more details, please click on the link below.
Kilver Court (www.kilvercourt.com/secret-gardens)
Lavender nursery featured
Pillar Box Lane
Tel. 01732 810081
Carol Klein met Dr Simon Charlesworth at his nursery in Kent where he’s been growing lavender since 1997. Simon has collected cultivars from across the UK, Europe, USA and New Zealand.
Downderry Nursery (www.downderry-nursery.co.uk)
Jobs for the weekend: Propagate strawberry runners
To ensure that you always have fresh, young strawberry plants now is a great time to propagate new ones. Using a bent piece of wire, peg down a runner either straight into the ground or into a pot of compost. Then water and leave until rooted. It usually takes three or four weeks, by which time the new plant can be severed from its parent and grown on.
Growing strawberries (www.rhs.org.uk)
Jobs for the weekend: Deadhead buddlejas
To prolong the flowering period of your buddlejas, simply deadhead the faded blooms as they appear, cutting back to a side-shoot. This will encourage the plant to produce more flowers which will then attract more bees and butterflies into the garden right into autumn.
More tips on deadheading (www.rhs.org.uk)
Jobs for the weekend: Remove lower leaves of tomatoes
To speed up the ripening of the fruit on tomato plants, it’s worth removing the lower leaves on all of your cordon plants. This lets the sunlight get directly onto the fruit, as well as improving air flow which will reduce the risk of blight.
Growing tomatoes (www.rhs.org.uk)
|Series Producer||Christina Nutter|
|Series Editor||Liz Rumbold|