Main content
Sorry, this episode is not currently available

Monty works in his vegetable garden sowing seeds for a bountiful summer, Mark Lane creates a floral celebration and Flo Headlam joins the arborists at Westonbirt Arboretum.

There is a full hour of inspiration as Monty works in his vegetable garden sowing seeds for a bountiful summer, grows some more unusual vegetables and recommends varieties of summer bulbs to plant in the spring.

Mark Lane creates a floral celebration in a container and shares his recommendations for great planting partners for seasonal colour. Flo Headlam joins the arborists at Westonbirt Arboretum to find out how they manage their incredible collection of trees from around the world. Adam Frost meets a couple who have recently moved into a new-build house to show them step by step how they can transform their awkwardly shaped garden on a very small budget. Nick Bailey is out and about enjoying that most seasonal of flowers, the daffodil. Plus Monty reveals the first of the finalists in the Every Space Counts competition.

1 hour

Last on

Mon 21 May 2018 08:00

Mark’s spring containers

Mark’s spring containers

Planting up a big container is a great way of adding a blast of colour to your garden. And provided there’s enough room, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t include a shrub or two to add a bit of height. Here’s a list of the plants Mark used.

Container for shade
Prunus incisa 'Kojo-no-mai' (Ornamental cherry)
Mahonia aquifolium (Oregon grape)
Dryopteris atrata
Dryopteris erythrosora var. prolifica (Copper shield fern)
Asplenium scolopendrium ‘Angustifolia’ (Narrow hart's tongue fern)
Brunnera macrophylla 'Jack Frost' (Siberian bugloss)
Pulmonaria 'Majesté' (Lungwort)
Vinca minor ‘Dartington Star’ (Lesser periwinkle)
Muscari neglectum (Grape hyacinth)
Erythronium 'Pagoda' (Dog's tooth violet)
Primula veris (Cowslip)
Primula vulgaris (Primrose)
Container for sun
Ribes sanguineum 'King Edward VII' (Winter currant)
Loropetalum chinense var. rubrum 'Fire Dance'
Cordyline ‘Torbay Red’ (Cabbage palm)
Heuchera 'Sugar Plum'
Erica arborea var. alpina f. aureifolia 'Albert's Gold' (Tree heath)
Anemone coronaria 'Harmony Orchid'
Ranunculus asiaticus (Persian buttercup)
Hyacinthus orientalis ‘Carnegie’ (Hyacinth)
Anemone coronaria 'Mount Everest’
Choisya ternata 'Sundance' (Mexican orange)
Euphorbia x martini 'Ascot Rainbow' (Martin’s spurge)
Deschampsia flexuosa 'Tatra Gold' (Wavy hair grass)

How to plant up a container (


Role Contributor
Presenter Monty Don
Presenter Nick Bailey
Presenter Flo Headlam
Presenter Adam Frost
Presenter Mark Lane
Production Manager Michael Rogers
Series Producer Sharon Fisher
Executive Producer Paolo Proto


  • Fri 20 Apr 2018 20:00
  • Sun 22 Apr 2018 13:00
  • Mon 21 May 2018 08:00