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Great British Garden Revival – Episode 10 Herbaceous Perennials & Kitchen Gardens

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Sadly this is the last in the series. Here is a list of the plants mentioned in Episode 10 – click on the plant links for more info about the plants.

To look up more plants:

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Episode 10 – Herbaceous Perennials with Chris Beardshaw

Locations:

  • Arley Hall & Gardens, Cheshire
  • The Manor House, Upton Grey, Hampshire
  • Old Court Nursery, Worcestershire
  • Waterperry Gardens, Oxfordshire

Walls & hedges provide both a backdrop and shelter for herbaceous borders. “Island beds” work in smaller gardens.

Creating a herbaceous border is like “painting with plants”. Repetition of colour across the border draws the eye along it.

Planting starts at the back with large, clump forming plants, e.g.

Rudbeckia lacinitata ‘Herbstonne’

Then in the middle more refined plants, e.g.

Aconitum ‘Spark’s variety’ (Monkshood)

Crocosmia x crocosmiflora (Montbretia)

And at the front of the border plants that spill out, e.g.

Phlomis (Sage)

Phlomis chrysophylla (Golden leaved Jerusalem sage)

Asters are used to extend the season and are great for insects.

Astilbe

Achillea ‘The Pearl’

Care of herbaceous borders:

Weed regularly. Remove Convolvulus (bindweed) by carefully unfurling from plants, winding round a cane and treating with weed killer.

At the first decent frost start to cut the plants back. Reduce their size, divide and move plants. Divide plants every 3-5 years to give them space and keep them healthy.

We have over 3000 varieties of Herbaceous Perennials in our apps and Plant Finder, just look at Browse by Group/Herbaceous Perennials, or search for specific attributes using the Find by option.

Episode 10 – Kitchen Gardens with Alys Fowler

Locations:

  • Le Manoir aux Quatre Saisons, Oxfordshire
  • Tatton Park, Cheshire

Grow different varieties of vegetables & herbs for different timing of harvest and different uses in the kitchen.

Beetroot (Beta vulgaris)

Kale (Brassica oleracea acephala)

4 quadrants is a traditional design – edge each quadrant with:

Box (Buxus microphylla)

Lavender Lavandula

Chives (Allium schoenoprasum)

Parsley (Petroselinum crispum)

Have an archway for runner beans (Phaseolus coccineus) – you can walk under the arch and pick the beans

Grow fruits like apples and pears against the wall or fence.

Include flowers for insects, and for cutting for the house.

Position herbs close to the kitchen for ease of picking while cooking. Grow unusual vegetables for extra interest.

Aubergine (Solanum melongema)

Patty pan squash (Cucurbita pepo var. clypeata)

Strawberry popcorn (Zea mays var. saccharata ‘Strawberry’)

Allium (Onions) are very easy to grow

Allium hookeri Zorami

Schisandra chinensis (Magnolia vine) – good for your liver – a hangover cure, also likes growing in shade

Babbington leek (Allium ampeloprasum var. babingtonii)

Runner bean Csar – you can dry the beans to store them when they grow too big to eat fresh

Micro-greens are useful as a winter crop for the window sill:

Atriplex hortensis (Purple orach)

Chenopodium giganteum (Mexican tree spinach)

French sorrel (Rumex scutatus)

Red radish

 

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Great British Garden Revival – Episode 7 Ponds & Stumperies

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Hope you are enjoying the show as much as we are. Here is a list of the plants mentioned in Episode 7 – click on the plant links for more info about the plants.

To look up more plants:

  • Get the ‘Joy of Plants’ smartphone/tablet app so you can look up plants whenever you like www.joyofplants.com/apps

Episode 7 Ponds with Charlie Dimmock

There are 3 kinds of plants for ponds:

  • Bog plants for the edge
  • Marginals have their roots in water
  • Deep water aquatics are planted in the deepest parts of the pond

Put low growing grasses and sedges at the edge, also large leaved plants that give some cover for wildlife.

Heuchera

Lobelia cardinalis

Lobelia cardinalis ‘Sparkling ruby’

Myosotis palustris (Water forget-me-not)

Myosotis scorpioides  (Water forget-me-not)

Caltha palustris var. palustris ‘Plena’ (Double Kingcup)

Lythrum salicaria (Purple loosestrife)

Pontederia cordata (Pickerel weed)

Scirpus zebrinus (Zebra grass)

Laragasiphon major also known as Elodea crispa (Curly waterweed)

Nymphaea ‘Marliacea Chromatella’ (Water lily)

Nymphaea ‘Marliacea Carnea’

Stratiotes aloides (Water soldiers)

To find more pond and water plants in our Plant Finder app or Garden Centre Plant Finders, use Browse plants/Aquatic plants – you’ll find a good selection of Pond edge & bog plants, Pond plants and water lilies.

Episode 7 Stumperies with Chris Beardshaw

Stumperies add a touch of the wild woodland to your garden.

Oxalis

Hosta

Helleborus

Eranthis hyemalis (Winter aconite)

Blechnum chilense (Chilean hard fern)

Davallia griffithiana

Platycerium veitchi (Stag’s horn fern)

Asplenium scolopendrium (Hart’s tongue fern)

Athyrium niponicum var. pictum (Painted fern)

Adiantum aleuticum (Maidenhair fern)

To find more plants for stumperies in our Plant Finder app or Garden Centre Plant Finders, use Browse plants/Ferns.

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