Gardening magazine. Monty Don adds some late summer colour to his ornamental grass borders, while Carol Klein meets a man who is out to the find the best-performing heleniums.
As August draws to a close, Monty Don turns his attention to his ornamental grass borders. They are just coming into their prime but are in need of some late summer colour.
Carol Klein travels to Cheshire to meet a man who is on a mission to find the best-performing heleniums for British gardens.
Plus Joe Swift is treated to a Jamaican feast when he visits Moor Green allotments in Birmingham.
Tel: 01270 811443
Martin Blow has been collecting and growing heleniums since the mid-90s and is on a mission to find the best performing varieties for our gardens. Here are his top ten recommendations:
- Amber (150-180cm) Tall but self-supporting. A good mid-season show.
- The Bishop (45cm) A short one with yellow flowers. Very good for dry soils.
- El Dorado (80-90 cm) Golden flowers and does well in drier conditions.
- Indianersommer (120-140cm) A good tall variety with red flowers.
- Kanaria (120cm) An old, but reliable variety. Will stand some shade.
- Mardi Gras (60-75cm) Very early and long flowering in a blend of red, orange & yellow.
- Rauchtopas (120-140cm) Self-supporting with blooms that are apricot above & orange beneath.
- Red Army (65cm) The best of the short red ones and good in drier soils.
- Ruby Charm (90cm) A new variety with masses of red flowers on well-branched plants.
- Waltraut (75cm) Older variety with large orange/yellow flowers. Good for drier sites.
Yew Tree House Garden (www.ngs.org.uk)
Taking Streptocarpus leaf cuttings
For the most part, the hormones responsible for shoot and root growth are concentrated in and around the leaf nodes and stem tips. But with streptocarpus, these hormones are also to be found throughout the plant’s leaves. Slicing along the midrib or across the leaf into many slices will produce new plants. Plants produced vegetatively in this way will always flower true to the mother plant. In other words, they are clones - a benefit if you have a favourite plant and want more.
How to take leaf cuttings (www.rhs.org.uk)
Moor Green Lane
Mobile: 07971 153938
If you would like to visit Moor Green Allotments, they will be holding their Annual Produce Show on Saturday 6 September and all are welcome. To find out more, follow the link below.
Moor Green Allotments (moorgreenallotments.co.uk)
Figs like a long, hot summer to succeed and Monty’s tree, a ‘Brown Turkey’, is the best variety to grow outside in this country. If, like Monty, your fig is cropping well, try eating them fresh with cheese or roasted - a treat indeed!
Baked figs (www.bbc.co.uk/food)
Jobs for the weekend: Sow hardy annuals
Monty sowed Calendula but there are lots of others to try. Examples include cornflower and love-in- a-mist. Seed can be sown directly into a prepared bed in a border or straight into a favourite pot.
Autumn sowing: hardy annuals (www.rhs.org.uk)
Jobs for the weekend: Cut free rooted strawberry runners
Once cut free from the mother plant, new plants can be transferred to a new bed or grown on in their pots. This method of propagation is a good way to maintain a healthy stock and increase plant numbers for several strawberry seasons to come.
Growing strawberries (www.rhs.org.uk)
Jobs for the weekend: Harvest chillies and peppers
Grow your own peppers and chillies (www.rhs.org.uk)
|Series Producer||Christina Nutter|
|Series Editor||Liz Rumbold|