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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.

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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 8 Lawns & Tropical Gardens

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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 8 – click on the plant links for more info about the plants.

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Episode 8 Lawns with Sarah Raven

Bulbs in lawns – put them at the edges, under trees and hedges

Tulipa (Tulips)

Narcissus (Daffodils)

Hyacinthus (Hyacinths)

Anemone blanda

Galanthus (Snowdrops) – in dappled shade

Crocus  – in full sun

Scarify lawns every 3 months, esp in autumn, spike them to airate and topdress with a ix of sand, soil & seed, brushing the mixture into the holes

You can make a good lawn from rye grass & microclover

Or try a lawn made from:

Mentha requienii (Corsican mint)

Chamaemelum nobile (Lawn Chamomile)

Chamaemelum nobile ‘Treneague’

Episode 8 Tropical Gardens with James Wong @botanygeek

Choose hardy tropical plants for the UK, or plants that look exotic (mad big leaves, with searing spots of colour)

Exotic plants need shelter and drainage

Create your own micro-climate by sheltering your garden with trees, grow plants in shelter against the house

Gunnera manicata (Gunnera)

Impatiens niamniamensis (Congo cockatoo)

Tree ferns

Alocasia x amazonica  (Elephant ear)

Bamboo

Trachycarpus fortunei (Chusan palm)

Tetrapanax papyrifer ‘Rex’ (Ricepaper plant)

Eucomis comosa (Pineapple lily)

Melianthus major (Honey bush)

Canna edulis (Queensland arrowroot)

Inexpensive tropical looking plants:

Nandina domestica (Heavenly bamboo)

Hydrangea

Fatsia japonica

Brunnera

Helleborus

Hosta

Ferns

Tender plants – take them inside in the winter:

Aeonium arboretum (House leek)

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Great British Garden Revival – Episode 6 Glasshouses & Shrubs

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Hope you are enjoying the show. Here is a list of the plants mentioned in Episode 6, with links to our plant info pages for more info about the plants.

Want more plant info? To look up more plants:

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Episode 6 Glasshouses with Diarmuid Gavin

To find more tropical and conservatory plants in our Plant Finder app or Garden Centre Plant Finders, use Find by/Garden Style/Conservatory.

Golden cestrum from Chile

Dimorphotheca pluvialis (Rain daisy) from South Africa

Anigozanthos (Kangaroo paw) from Australia

Protea cynaroides (King protea)

Philodendron bippinatifidum (Lacy tree philodendron)

Sarracenia (Pitcher plant)

Sarracenia x catesbyi (Catesby’s pitcher plant)

Sarracenia flava (Yellow pitcher plant)

Sarracenia leucophylla (Pitcher plant)

Sarracenia purpurea (Purple pitcher plant)

Fittonia albivenis Verschaffeltii Group (Mosaic plant) (pink leaves)

Dionaea muscipula (Venus fly trap)

Sphagnum moss

Tillandsia usneoides (Spanish moss)

Vanda orchid

Oncidium orchid

Oncidium ‘Sweet sugar’

Scented orchids:

Angulocaste Rosemary (Angulo’s hybrid beautiful orchid)

Prosthechea garciana

Prosthechea cochlieta (Octopus orchid)

Piper nigrum (Black pepper)

Carica papaya (Pawpaw)

Musa (Banana)

Cucumber

Capsicum ‘Red Chilli’ (Chilli pepper)

Capsicum (Sweet pepper)

Callaloo

Episode 6 Shrubs with Matt James

To find more shrubs in our Plant Finder app or Garden Centre Plant Finders, use Find by/Plant type/Shrub. You can use additional search criteria to refine your search for shrubs.

“Do your homework” there is a shrub to suit everyone :-)

Magnolia

Cornus (Dogwood)

Daphne

Lavender

Mophead hydrangea

Chimonanthus praecox (Wintersweet)

Euonymus alatus

Euonymus europeus

Buddleja

Spartium junceum (Spanish broom)

Viburnum (Arrow wood)

Forsythia

Forsythia ‘Gold mine’

Santolina

Santolina ‘Lemon Fizz’

Hydrangea ‘Endless summer’

Hamamelis

Hamamelis pallida – scented in the evening

Ilex x altaclerensis ‘Golden King’ (Ilex ‘Golden King’)

Cordyline

Yucca

Halaragis erecta

Callicarpa bodinieri var. giraldii (Beauty berry)

Viburnum opulus (Guilder rose) – red berries

Exochorda x macrantha ‘The Bride’ (Pearlbush ‘ The Bride’) – flowers for 6  months

Sarcococca (Christmas box) – scented and thrives in shade

Daphne bholua ‘Jacqueline Postill’

Lavandula angustifolia

Cornus kousa – June flowering dogwood, followed by fruits and winter colour

Cotoneaster – berries for birds in the winter

Cotoneaster horizontalis (Fishbone cotoneaster or herringbone cotoneaster)

Pyracantha ‘Golden charmer’ (Firethorn) – good wall shrub

Deutzia – summer shrub with white flowers

Hibiscus syriacus (Mallow)

Pruning tips: remove dead, diseased and damaged wood.

Remove 1/3 of old growth down to the roots. Reduce shoots that flowered this year by 1/3.

Philadelphus, Weigela, & Deutzia flower on the previous year’s growth so prune these in the summer after flowering.

Buddleja, Forsythia prune in winter as these flower on this year’s growth.

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Great British Garden Revival plant list Episode 5 – Rock gardens & Herb Gardens)

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Hope you are enjoying the show. Here is a list of the plants mentioned in Episode 5, with links to our plant info pages for more info about the plants.

Like our plant info? To look up more plants:

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Episode 5 Rock Gardens with Carol Klein

To find more Rock Garden plants in our Plant Finder app or Garden Centre Plant Finders, use Find by/Garden Style/Rock Garden.

Gentian

Gentiana ferrari

Lilium martagon (Turk’s cap lily)

Lilium martagon var. album (Turk’s cap lily)

Colchicum (Autumn crocus, Naked ladies)

Geranium

Campanula (Bell flower)

Saxifraga

Dionysia (Cushion alpine)

Dwarf conifers

Hepatica (Liverwort)

Cyclamen intaminatum

Cyclamen hederafolium

Cyclamen coum

Erodium

Lewisia

Erinus alpinus (Fairy foxglove)

Alpine bulbs

Alpine tulips

Tulipa pulchella var. violacea

Episode 5 Herb gardens with Toby Buckland

To find more Herbs in our Plant Finder app or Garden Centre Plant Finders, use Find by/Garden Style/Herb Garden.

Ocimum basilicum (Basil)

Ocimum basilicum var. minimum (Greek basil)

Ocimum basilicum ‘Cinnamon’ (Cinnamon basil)

Ocimum basilicum (Red Rubin basil)

Rosmarinus officianalis (Rosemary)

Petroselinum crispum (Parsley)

Mentha (Mint)

Salvia officinalis ‘Purpurascens’ (Purple sage)

Urtica (Nettle)

Taraxacum officinale (Dandelion)

Lavandula (Lavender)

Santolina

Teucrium

Sage

Satureja montana (Winter savory)

Rumex acetosa (Garden sorrel)

Coriandrum sativum (Coriander)

Porophyllum ruderale (Bolivian coriander)

Ocimum kilimandscharicum x basilicum pupureum (African blue basil)

Satureja spicigera (Creeping savory) – peppery and pungent

Satureja hortensis (Summer savory) – beans, stews & casseroles, stops flatulence

Stachys officinalis (Bishops wort) joyofplants.com?q=1&p=15611

Thymus vulgaris (Thyme)

Mentha suaveolens (Apple mint)

Melissa officinalis (Lemon balm)

Origanum vulgare (Marjoram)

Echinacea (Cone flower) – cold remedy & attractive to bees and butterflies

Calendula officinalis – anti-inflammatory & healing for the skin. To make a skin salve, pick the flowers, dry them, add to a jar with sunflower oil. Leave for 3 weeks in the airing cupboard, agitating the jar every day. You need approximately 70 flower heads for a jar (10 plants).

Levisticum officinale (Lovage) – for soups & casseroles

Herb care:

Shrubby, perennial herbs (eg Sage, Rosemary & Lavender) – prune in Spring

Herbaceous herbs (eg Mint) – prune in Summer

Storing herbs: dry them, freeze them in water or olive oil, or in jars of honey

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Waiting… Waiting… Waiting

Recently I was a member of the rapt audience, willingly entrapped by Monty Don who was speaking at Dorking Halls. He began by showing a picture of his own garden when it was a cold and windswept field – a very large vista of bumpy grass clumps with their flattened beige flower-stalks lying on top of them. Did everyone simultaneously shrink at the enormity of the task that he had faced, whilst just longing to get stuck in, one spade turn at a time? The message Monty Don gave was, not to just get stuck in. At first one should simply observe.

This waiting time is a mighty and important message to gardeners. We do all long to start digging, to lay claim, to change. Waiting, Monty Don said, wasn’t passive. It is truly getting to know the territory. One should learn the character of the place – the squidgy parts, the dry parts, the parts where nothing much grows. Then there is the movement of light over the year and, what lies beyond, that which should be concealed and that which can be used. Very few of us are lucky enough to start with a virgin plot. In a garden that has been acquired it is worth waiting to see what turns up; obviously bulbs will make their show, and then go, as will perennials. Even a bare and scrubby shrub may be revealed as a treasure. The ‘I want it NOW feeling’ and the need, perhaps to sweep everything away and start-over can be expensive in a well-stocked garden.

Once the period of observation has ended and we begin to plant the garden the need to wait can become an intense irritant. Beautiful gardens need patience and planning and the garden works best if you choose and plan your planting. Sometimes, the search for a specific plant can take months, if not a year or two and is far worse than finding a matching handbag! Patience is almost anti-matter these days – and it shouldn’t be.

We all try to cheat time. Plants are bought in containers, not seed packets. If we have money it is large containers and even spindly six-metre trees. Even with this modest shortcut one moves into a further period of waiting. This is a time-frame that covers years, if not decades; patience must be developed. One needs to look at the plants in the garden and to observe the gentle process of their evolution. Their timelines can be an ongoing joy. What ‘instant’ can never deliver is that ride on the heft of time. Over time the whippersnapper sapling will be sturdy enough to be climbed. It will rise towards the sky and spread its branches so one can lie in their shade. And then, you may say to your child: “I planted that when you were born”.

The best is worth waiting for.

Susan A. Tindall

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Great British Garden Revival plant list episode 1

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Hope you are enjoying the show. Here is a list of the plants mentioned, with links to our plant info pages for more info about the plants. If you like our plant info you can:

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

Episode 1 Wild Flowers
Rhinanthus minor (Yellow rattle)
Scabiosa columbaria (Small scabious)
Leontodon hispidus (Rough hawkbit)
Centaurea (Knapweeds)
Succisa pratensis (Devil’s bit scabious)
Daucus carota (Wild carrot)
Lotus corniculatus (Bird’s foot trefoil)
Thymus serpyllum (Wild thyme)
Leucanthemum vulgare (Oxeye daisy)
Knautia arvensis (Field scabious)
Hypericum perforatum (St John’s wort)
Primula (Primrose)
Viola (Violet)
Papaver rhoeas (Poppy)
Campanula rotundifolia (Harebell)
Eupatorium cannabinum (Agrimony)

Episode 1 Front Gardens

Convolvulus cneorum (Bindweed )
Ceratostigma willmottianum (Plumbago)
Lonicera
Crab apple
Dianthus
Pachysandra terminalis
Clematis armandii
Anemone hupehensis
Rheum
Rubus idaeus
Rhododendron
Aster
Rudbeckia
Grasses
Antirrhinum (Snapdragon)

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