This week in Gardeners World 2018 episode 8 we are celebrating the very best of spring gardening with Monty at Longmeadow and visiting the RHS Malvern Spring Festival to see this year’s hottest garden designs and the season’s must-have plants. At Longmeadow, Monty plants herbaceous perennials for summer colour and gives advice on how to care for carnivorous plants.
Frances Tophill catches up with the growing trend for greening up indoor spaces with house plants and we meet the third finalist in our Every Space Counts competition. Carol Klein, Joe Swift and Adam Frost explore the showground at the RHS Malvern Spring Festival and bring us the best from the floral marquee and the show gardens.
Gardeners World 2018 episode 8
Perennial plants provide flowers in our gardens year after year. They are planted together to create herbaceous and mixed borders, which peak in interest in summer and early autumn. However, they can provide colour through much of the year (except the depths of winter) with careful planning and planting.
An ever popular group of plants with children, carnivorous plants lend an element of curiosity to windowsills, greenhouses, containers outdoors and in the open garden where they have a place in both traditional and contemporary garden design.
Perennials – dividing
Dividing perennials regularly will ensure healthy, vigorous plants that will continue to perform year after year. It also offers the opportunity to multiply your plants.
Cacti and succulents
This plant group is extremely vast and diverse, from the very small and intricate to the striking and architectural. There is a cactus or succulent to suit everyone, whether young or old.
Tulips are amongst the most popular of bulbs, valued for their brilliant flower colours and shapes. Plant in autumn for a show of spring flowers. Choose from a large range to suit the situation. Whether used in formal or informal beds and borders, tulips make ideal bedding plants combined with annual or biennial planting. Tulips can also be useful for containers, and some varieties can be naturalised in grass.