Monty makes plans for a bumper harvest of fruit when he adds raspberries to his fruit garden. Carol tavels to Bodnant Garden to celebrate the delights of the late winter border.
It is the prime time for bare-root plants and Monty makes plans for a bumper harvest of fruit when he adds raspberries to his fruit garden and gives advice on how to plant bare-root trees. He also gives tips on what we should be doing now to get our gardens ready for spring.
Carol Klein travels to Bodnant Garden in Conwy to celebrate the delights of the late winter border. If you are yearning for warmer weather and your garden currently lacks interest, Joe Swift has designs on brightening up dull and uninteresting spaces with pots full of colour that can be planted now.
Joe’s spring containers
If you didn’t get round to planting up any spring containers last autumn, it’s not too late to have a go now. All you need is some multi-purpose compost, a decent sized pot and a good selection of colourful plants. Here’s a list of what Joe used.
Skimmia japonica ‘Rubella’
Carex oshimensis ‘Everillo’ (Japanese sedge)
Polyanthus (dark red & pale yellow)
Hedera helix ‘Variegata’ (Variegated ivy)
Drimys lanceolata (Mountain pepper)
Carex howardii ‘Phoenix Green’
Primula denticulata (Drumstick primula)
Anemone blanda ‘White Splendour’
Winter garden featured
The beautiful winter garden Carol went to visit in North Wales is in its prime right now. Packed full of colourful plants in winning combinations, it is a sight to behold. Here are some of the plants that caught Carol’s attention on the day.
Erica carnea f. alba ‘Springwood White’ (Heather)
Leucothoe axillaris ‘Curly Red’
Bergenia ‘Helen Dillon’
‘Silver Queen’ (Spindle)
Cornus sericea ‘Flaviramea’ (Golden-twig dogwood)
‘Kesselringii’ (White dogwood)
Cornus alba ‘Sibirica’ (Siberian dogwood)
Cornus sanguinea ‘Midwinter Fire’ (Dogwood)
(Hybrid strawberry tree)
Ribes laurifolium (Laurel-leaved currant)
Bodnant is open year-round and if you’re a member of the National Trust or RHS, you’ll get in for free.
nr Colwyn Bay
Tel. 01492 650460
Bodnant Garden (www.nationaltrust.org.uk)
|Executive Producer||Paolo Proto|
|Production Manager||Michael Rogers|
|Series Producer||Sharon Fisher|