Monty gives advice on how to deal with overcrowded clumps of summer flowering bulbs and plants yew to make a start on creating a topiary Nellie. Frances Tophill travels to Somerset to the garden of a woman who grows a huge collection of unusual vegetables used in Thai cooking, Carol is in Devon celebrating one of the brightest additions to the late summer border – the rudbekia – and Mark Lane gives design tips on the main elements of a formal garden.
Adam Frost puts the finishing touches to the new build garden in Leicester he started earlier in the year and we meet Luigi Valducci, who, for over 30 years, has had an abiding love for the highly perfumed, summer flowering and tender Brugmansia.
Gardeners World 2018 episode 23
Houseplants for beginners
If you are new to houseplants it might be an idea to start off small. This way you won’t need to spend huge amounts on a large specimen plant which you might not yet know how to care for. Starting out small gives you a chance to try new plants cheaply, and get used to caring for them from scratch.
If you have friends that have houseplants which you like, see if you might be able to get a cutting and create a new plant for free. This may take a little more patience, but the knowledge you will gain in doing so will enable you to try more challenging plants later on.
How to grow Kale
Often a neglected crop, but one that is increasing in popularity due to its nutritional properties. Kale (also known as borecole) tolerates cold weather better than most other brassicas and is relatively free of pests and diseases, although it should be netted against birds. It will also tolerate a lightly shaded position. Always pick the leaves when they are young and tender.
Topiary has been used historically in many different European gardening styles, from early Roman gardens through to modern day. From box balls to yew ‘peacocks’, it is so versatile and striking that many are inspired to create their own piece of living architecture.
Hardwood cuttings provide an easy and reliable method of propagating a range of deciduous climbers, trees and shrubs, and as bonus, they are taken from mid-autumn until late winter when more time is usually available to the gardener. Some evergreen plants, hollies for example, can also be taken at the same time of year as other hardwood cuttings.