On Gardeners World 2018 episode 10: with summer on the horizon, Monty is planting up pots for summer colour as well as giving his box hedging a seasonal cut.
Frances Tophill checks on the progress of crops on her shared allotment. Mark Lane is in Suffolk where he gives advice on the elements of successful woodland planting design, and Nick Bailey travels to a garden in Cheshire to answer a viewer’s query about how to plant up a rocky area of their garden. Plus a visit to a Worcestershire garden where the owner has created a garden with a tropical twist, and the final garden in our Every Space Counts competition is revealed.
Gardeners World 2018 episode 10
Often from tropical parts of the world with exotic brightly-coloured flowers, vigorous annual climbers can rapidly transform the garden. With curtains of flower and foliage they are particularly valuable for new and often bare gardens. In addition, they soften surfaces, disguise structures, provide screening and allow us the flexibility of creating new colourful displays in a single season each year.
For successful summer displays, choose plants that flower over a long period of time, respond well to deadheading and are tolerant of container cultivation. A wide range of suitable plants should be available in most garden centres from late March onwards. However, don’t plant them out until the risk of frost has passed in your area.
Trees for small gardens
There are many trees widely available for smaller gardens, in all shapes and sizes, evergreen and deciduous. Given that many of us have limited space in which to garden, it becomes important that any trees chosen are right for their surroundings, in terms of proportion as well as for their decorative value.
Plants for under trees
It can be a challenge to establish plant cover under the canopy of large trees. Shade and lack of moisture are both problems in these conditions, but there are a number of plants that will tolerate these situations. Plants growing under tree canopies often suffer from poor growing conditions. In heavily shaded situations they not only struggle from lack of light, but may be deprived of moisture and nutrients because of strong competition from the trees.