In Gardeners World episode 6 2019: Monty Don turns his attention to the annual climbers he has been growing from seed as well as planting out sweet peas. He also gives his recommendations on perennial plants which can be grown from seed now for late summer colour.
We visit a small jungle garden in Runcorn that is bursting with colour that defies the UK’s unpredictable climate, and we meet a couple from Norfolk who transformed an uninteresting space into a garden full of tropical plants enhanced by scrap metal objects washed up on the nearby coastline.
Gardeners World episode 6 2019
Sweet peas (Lathyrus odoratus) are probably the most popular annual flower, being especially prized for their colour and scent. Smaller cultivars are available for hanging baskets and containers. Sweet peas are easy to grow from seed, although you can buy plants in garden centres in spring. But there is a far wider range of colour and scent if you grow from seed.
Plants for coastal gardens
Strong, often salt-laden winds present a challenge for planting in coastal gardens. Providing windbreaks in the form of hedges or netting will widen the range of plants that can be grown. To establish plants successfully in exposed situations it is essential to form a windbreak or shelter belt against the prevailing coastal wind.
It is best to develop a wind-filtering screen of trees or shrubs, but polypropylene webbing or woven hurdles of willow or hazel are alternatives. It is not advisable to use solid structures such as walls or fences, as these can create turbulence and add to the problems. A windbreak can reduce wind on its leeward side for a distance of ten times its height.
How to prune a climbing rose
Rose pruning ensures that plants grow vigorously and flower well each year. If left, climbing roses can become a tangled mess of branches with very few flowers. Although often considered complicated, rose pruning is not difficult if you follow this guide.
This method is suitable for climbing roses. Sometimes it can be hard to distinguish between a climbing rose and a rambling rose. The easiest way to tell the difference is to take note of the flowering time. A climbing rose will repeat-flower almost all summer and well into autumn, while a rambling rose usually flowers only once, normally around June.
Climbers for shade
North- or east-facing walls and fences often receive very little direct sunlight, but that doesn’t mean you can’t grow plants in these places. When choosing a climber or wall shrub for such a spot, choose one that can cope with cold and shady conditions.