Monty Don plants tender annuals for summer colour and gives his box hedging a seasonal cut, Adam Frost takes a close look at the show gardens and Mark Lane discovers planting ideas everywhere. Carol Klein teaches viewers how to take plant cuttings and Frances Tophill visits a garden that’s bursting with alliums.
1. Keep it simple
Monty Don planted out sweet peas on tonight’s episode of Gardeners World and told viewers there were three “critical” things to remember through the flower season. He also shared his top tip – to grow the tastiest tomatoes by adding slug repellents.
The program has a gentle, relaxed feel. It lacks the frantic editing and pulsing music that typify so many other shows. If it rains, the hosts get wet. Rather than hurriedly grabbing the camera for a shot of a flower or a tree rustling in the wind, the scenes are allowed to unfold naturally.
Elsewhere on the show, Adam Frost takes a close look at all the show gardens for ideas, Joe Swift visits a stunning walled garden that’s both ornamental and productive in Denbighshire, and Carol Klein heads to the floral marquee for more planting inspiration. Arit Anderson discovers a paradise garden and Rachel de Thame sows cucumber and aubergine seeds in her own garden at Longmeadow.
2. Keep it green
Monty Don plants sweet peas to ensure a plentiful harvest, and advises viewers that there are three key things they should remember throughout the season. He also shares his top creative tip, which involves using grass with rich burgundy plum flowers, filler with cherry-red scabious and spillers with nasturtium seeds.
Viewers are encouraged to sow vegetables and herbs early, with a focus on the freshest, healthiest produce. There are also tips on growing the best fruit and veg in small gardens, how to make the most of classic British blooms, how to propagate exotic plants and more.
At Gardeners’ World Live, Rachel de Thame and Nick Bailey explore show gardens full of ideas and discover the newest varieties of flower and plant to try. They meet the designers behind a garden that’s made from recycled materials, a national collection holder of hepatica and re-visit farmers turned nurserymen. They also visit a walled garden that’s both ornamental and productive in Denbighshire and meet an expert who shows them how to grow aubergines in a London allotment.
3. Keep it tidy
Keeping your garden tidy will help you to keep on top of the plants and keep them looking good. One of the simplest ways to do this is by regularly raking up any leaves or debris that have fallen and then using a weed whacker to get rid of any unwanted weeds. You should also try to put away any gardening tools that you won’t be using so they aren’t taking up space in the shed or on the patio.
MONTY DON shared a catchy creative gardening tip with viewers this evening, showing how to plant sweet peas for a great harvest. Monty planted the flowers in a large pot and topped it with grass, filler and spillers. The pillars will provide height, the filler will do the middle ground work and the spillers will add colour.
Viewers will also see Rachel de Rothschild tending her bog garden at Longmeadow and Adam Frost visit a walled garden with its own veg patch in West Sussex. They will meet a national collection holder of Hepatica in Lancashire and also find inspiration from Sue Kent’s garden near Swansea.
4. Keep it healthy
Monty Don shares a creative gardening tip on today’s episode of Gardeners World. He explains that planting three different types of flowers into one pot is a great way to get the maximum impact. He recommends using a pillar plant to add height, fillers such as burgundy plums and cherry-red scabious and then spiller plants like nasturtium seeds. He also asks viewers to send in their cellphone videos of their gardens, with three chosen for broadcast each week.
Other highlights include Adam Frost visiting a walled garden that is both ornamental and productive in Denbighshire, Mark Lane exploring the space-savvy Every Space counts garden at Longmeadow and Carol Klein discovering a beautiful bog garden in Sussex. Plus, Arit Anderson discovers a paradise garden in Cambridge.