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Episode 25

At Longmeadow Monty is planting bulbs in pots and around the garden for an explosion of spring colour. Carol Klein travels to Yorkshire to look at salvias.

At Longmeadow Monty is planting bulbs in pots and around the garden for an explosion of spring colour.

Carol Klein travels to Yorkshire where she takes a close look at the enormous colour range and form of a late season perennial, the salvia. Mark Lane is in Oxfordshire looking at how ornamental grasses can be used in planting design to create exciting combinations. Arit Anderson gets to grips with growing concerns about the use of plastics in the horticultural industry, and we find out from environment minister Michael Gove about any future plans for controlling its use and improving recycling.

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Fri 5 Oct 2018 08:00

Newby Hall salvias

Newby Hall salvias

More than 900 species of salvia occur worldwide, many of which grow in grassland or on rocky hillside slopes where they can bake in the sun. Some take the form of large woody shrubs, while others are herbaceous. Many are tender like those Carol Klein looked at during her visit to Newby Hall. There they treat them like bedding, with stock plants being dug up in the autumn and overwintered under glass. Hundreds of cuttings are then taken in February and grown on, ready for planting out en masse in May or June when all risk of frost has gone. Flowering is often at its peak in July and August, with many of them carrying on well into autumn. The gardens are open until the end of September if you fancy a visit.

Newby Hall
North Yorkshire
Tel: 01423 322583

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Aston Pottery garden

Aston Pottery garden

The prairie-style garden Mark Lane went to see in Oxfordshire absolutely blew us away! When most gardens are starting to fade in September, this one delivered a riot of colour. The classic combination of ornamental grasses and late-flowering perennials worked a treat, as did the 80m (262ft) long annual border packed full of autumn gems. Sunflowers, amaranthus, zinnias, agastache and nicotianas are so easy to raise from seed, you could achieve this look yourself for not very much money. The garden is open year-round and entry is free.

Aston Pottery
The Stables
Kingsway Farm
OX18 2BT

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Islington jungle

Islington jungle

We are full of admiration for Juan Carlos Cure. What he’s achieved with his shaded courtyard garden is nothing short of genius. With only 33sq m (108sq ft) to play with, he’s managed to make a tiny patio feel so much bigger than it really is through the clever use of climbers, a raised bed and layer upon layer of leafy greenery. And he would urge others to do the same. If ever there was a case for every space counts, this is it!

Believe it or not, Juan Carlos opened his garden for the NGS this year and plans to do so again in June 2019. If you live in London and would like to arrange a visit, check out this link nearer the time.

Juan Carlos Cure’s garden (


Role Contributor
Presenter Monty Don
Presenter Mark Lane
Presenter Arit Anderson
Presenter Carol Klein
Series Producer Sharon Fisher
Executive Producer Paolo Proto
Production Manager Michael Rogers