Gardeners World episode 13 2002: Alan Titchmarsh gets going on a new project this week when he starts planting a scented garden.
Gardeners World episode 13 2002
Roses can be expensive plants, but they last for many, many years and are easy to establish if you follow a few simple steps on planting and aftercare. Depending on the time of year you purchase your roses, you will have a choice of types of roses:
Bare-root roses: These are only available from about November to March usually mail order. These are plants dug from open ground and packed to prevent the roots drying out before sale. Bare-root plants are usually good quality, having a wider root spread than containerised plants, and they are often good value. They should be planted as soon as received, or if ground conditions are unsuitable, unpacked and kept in a container of slightly moist compost and planted as soon as conditions allow.
Containerised roses: These are at their best in garden centres from about November to March. Roses may be available to buy like this for longer into the spring and summer, but quality starts to suffer the longer they are kept on display. They are bare-root roses placed in pots of potting media to prevent them drying out. They should be planted as soon as received.
Container-grown roses: These are available all year round. These are roses that have been grown in containers for a whole growing season or more. They can be planted at any time, (but are usually not such good plants as bare root ones) and are comparatively costly.
How to grow climbing honeysuckle
Climbing honeysuckles can be bought and planted at all year round. You’ll get the best results, however, if you plant deciduous ones in winter and evergreens in spring or autumn. Avoid planting when the ground is frozen or waterlogged. Climbing honeysuckle need space to grow; whether it be a fence, wall, pergola or tree. Whichever you choose, they need an additional support for their stems to twine around such as a lattice of wires or a wooden trellis panel (see How to plant below).
South-facing walls provide sun all day and are great for encouraging flowers, but the leaves may be scorched and the plant more prone to powdery mildew. Dappled-shade is best for a healthy plant and the best show of flowers. Too much shade will result in an absence of flowers. Heavy wet soil or a dry site will also result in a sickly looking plant