Main content


Kathy Clugston and the team are in Nottinghamshire.

Kathy Clugston and the team are in Nottinghamshire. James Wong, Bunny Guinness and Bob Flowerdew answer the audience's questions.

This week, the panellists discuss new year's resolutions and guilty gardening habits. They also answer questions on a Summer Clematis and spotting wireworm, and come up with suggestions for a small gardening space with a tropical theme.

Aside from the questions, Peter Gibbs examines the use of peat in the horticultural industry.

Producer: Laurence Bassett
Assistant Producer: Jemima Rathbone

A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4

Available now

42 minutes

Plant list

Questions and time codes are below. Where applicable plant names are listed


Q – I have a bathroom with no natural light and I would like a houseplant in there. What can the panel suggest?

(1 minute 58 seconds)


James – Zamioculcas



Bob – Swiss Cheese Plant (Monstera deliciosa)

The friendship plant (Pilea involucrate)

Hoya Carnosa (Porcelain flower)


Q - What native trees that benefit wildlife would the panel recommend planting in a riverside nature reserve?

(5minutes 50 seconds)


Bunny – River Birch (Betula nigra)

Alder (Alnus)

Hazel (Corylus)

Maple (Acer)

Oak (Quercus x hispanica)


Bob – Willows (Salix)


Q – How do I spot wireworm leaving black holes in my potatoes?

(8 minutes 30 seconds)


Bob – Cara potato


Q – I have an allotment and, over the winter, I put plastic down to ‘put it to bed’. Can you suggest a plastic alternative because I tend to find slugs get in there a lot?

(10 minutes 25 seconds)



(13 minutes 25 seconds)


Q – I have a very small urban garden, about 5x8metres (16x26ft), that I would like to redesign with a tropical theme. What plant would you suggest to make the most of a small space?

(20 minutes 52 seconds)


Bob – Canna


James – Windmill Palm (Trachycarpus fortune)


Bunny – Canna iridiflora

Hardy banana (Musa basjoo)


Q – We have a prolific flowering Summer Clematis (Viorna Rchb. Clematis) that has gone completely black but it does have new bud growth all over it. What should we do with it? 

(23 minutes 45 seconds)


Bunny - Fritillaria


Bob - Black Honeydew



(26 minutes 40 seconds)


Bob - House leeks (Sempervivum tectorum)

Trailing rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)


Bunny – Sempervirens


James – Air Plants  (Tillandsia usneoides ‘Old Man’s Beard’)


New Year’s Resolutions

(30 minutes 05 seconds)


James – Water lily (Nymphaeaceae)



Q – I have a number of penstemons in pots and I’m having trouble getting them to flower. What can you suggest?  

(33 minutes 50 seconds)


Bunny – Russian sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia)


Q – I like to grow Calla Lilies (Zantedeschia aethiopica) in pots outside however, whilst they are full of flower in the first year, I get nothing but leaves thereafter. How do I get them to flower in subsequent years?

(35 minutes 15 seconds)


James – Golden Calla (Zaentedeschia elliottiana)

Giant Calla (Zantedeschia aethiopica 'Hercules)


Bunny – Zantedeschia aethiopica ‘Crowborough’)


Q – We are in the galleries of justice. What would you be guilty of in the garden if brought to trial?

(37 minutes 50 seconds)


Six of GQT’s naughtiest gardening innuendos

Six of GQT’s naughtiest gardening innuendos

When Gardeners' Question Time got mucky.