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This week there's advice on how to plant spring flowering perennials and recommendations for planting bare root roses, and Monty will begin planning the vegetable garden.

Finally the gardening season has begun and it’s back to Longmeadow to join Monty, Nigel and Nellie for the first programme of the series.

This week there’s advice on how to plant spring flowering perennials for instant impact and recommendations for planting bare root roses full of fragrance in borders and pots. Monty will also begin planning the vegetable garden for the year ahead.

Carol Klein visits Norfolk and the stunning Winter garden at Bressingham where she celebrates the beauty of conifers and discovers their perfect planting partners.

We find an inspirational and small garden in Kent bursting with colourful flowers and foliage, most of which are grown in pots.

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Tue 26 Mar 2019 08:00

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Dan Cooper’s garden in Broadstairs blew us away when we went to visit him last August. Both his small courtyards are packed to the rafters with exotic plants, and it’s amazing to see what he’s managed to achieve in such a small space. He plans to open his garden for the National Garden Scheme in early August, so if you’re planning a holiday in Kent around then, why not call in?

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Carol's winter garden

Carol's winter garden

Conifers really come into their own in winter when so many other plants are fast asleep. And a great place to see them in all their glory is the Winter Garden at Bressingham. Packed full of colourful plants in winning combinations, you can’t fail to be inspired. Here are some of the plants that caught Carol’s attention on the day.

Hamamelis x intermedia 'Pallida' (Witch hazel)
Calocedrus decurrens 'Berrima Gold' (Incense cedar)
Acorus gramineus 'Ogon' (Slender sweet flag)
Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens' (Black mondo)

Pinus thunbergii 'Thunderhead' (Japanese black pine)
Betula utilis var. jacquemontii 'Grayswood Ghost' (Himalayan birch)
Cornus alba 'Sibirica' (Siberian dogwood)
Bergenia 'Bressingham Ruby' (Elephant's ears)

Picea sitchensis 'Tenas'
Pinus heldreichii 'Smidtii' (Bosnian pine)
Cornus sanguinea 'Midwinter Fire' (Dogwood)
Stachys byzantina (Lamb's ear)
Crocus tommasinianus (Early crocus)

Cedrus atlantica 'Glauca Pendula' (Blue Atlas cedar)

The Winter Garden at Bressingham is well worth a visit, so if you’re in the area and fancy a day out, here are the details.

The Bressingham Gardens
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Role Contributor
Presenter Monty Don
Presenter Carol Klein
Executive Producer Gary Broadhurst
Series Producer Sharon Fisher
Production Manager Caroline Morgan-Fletcher


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