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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 9 Fruit Trees & Ornamental Bedding

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

To look up more plants:

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Episode 9 Fruit Trees with Toby Buckland

Malus (Apple)

Malus ‘Crawley Beauty’ (‘Apple Crawley Beauty’)

Pyrus communis ‘Conference’ (Pear Conference)

Prunus domestica ‘Victoria’ (Plum Victoria)

Prunus insititia (Damson)

Mespilus germanica (Medlar)

Prunus (Cherry)

Cydonia oblonga (Quince)

Prunus domestica (Plum)

Plum ‘President’

Gage (a type of plum)

Cydonia oblonga (Quince)

Ficus carica ‘Brown Turkey’ (Fig Brown Turkey)

Prunus persica (Peach)

Malus domestica ‘Bleinheim Orange’ (Apple ‘Blenheim Orange’)

Malus  ‘John Downie’ (Crab apple)

Malus x zumi var. calocarpa ‘Golden Hornet’ (Crab apple ‘Golden Hornet’)

Prunus domestica (Greengage)

Malus ‘Red Devil’ (Red Devil apple)

Malus ‘Bramley’ (Bramley apple)

Malus ‘Discovery’ (Discovery apple)

Ways to grow in small gardens: against walls as a fan or cordon, espalier

Types of rootstock: dwarf, semi-dwarf, vigorous. Choose semi-dwarf for cordons.

When planting, make sure the join between the tree and rootstock is above ground.

Crab apples make great jelly, chilli jelly, mint jelly. You can freeze apples to make juice.

You can look up lots more fruit trees in our app and Plant Finder by looking at Browse by group/Fruit/Fruit trees.

Episode 9 Ornamental Bedding with Christine Walkden

Carpet bedding & 3D bedding was popular with the Victorians.

“Choose a couple of plants that take your fancy and start experimenting…”

Locations to see carpet and 3D bedding:

Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire – home to the Rothschilds

Eastbourne Parade carpet gardens

Bournemouth edible flower bedding www.bournemouth.gov.uk/parks

Bedding plants:

Begonia

Ageratum (Floss flower)

Helichrysum (Everlasting paper daisy)

Sedum (Stonecrop)

Campanula isophylla (Bell flower)

Leucanthemum

Armeria maritima (Sea thrift)

New varieties of plants are available for bedding with longer flowering times and greater resistance to pests and disease.

Impatiens (Busy Lizzie)

Busy Lizzie Divine

Begonia semperflorens (old variety)

Begonia ‘Lottie’ (new variety)

Antirrhinum (Snapdragon) – (old bedding plant)

Perennial hardy Penstemon (new, better plant, flowers 5-6 months and is tough & resilient)

Solenostemon (also known as Coleus) old bedding plant

Perilla frutescans (Beefsteak plant) (new plant – also edible in stir fries etc.)

Alstroemeria (Peruvian Lily)

Alstroemeria ‘Indian Summer’ (Peruvian Lily) new variety

Gerbera (Transvaal daisy)

Argyranthemum (Marguerite)

Cosmos

Salvia (Sage)

Pelargonium (Geranium) – easy to take cuttings

Edible bedding plants:

Calendula officinalis (Pot marigold)

Alternanthera

Pennisetum glaucum ‘Purple Majesty’ (Millet)

Viola (Pansy)

Helianthus (Sunflower)

Musa (Banana)

Dianthus (Carnation, pink)

Dahlia

Beta vulgaris subsp. cicla ‘Ruby Chard’ (Chard)

Capsicum annuum (Ornamental chilli)

Capsicum annuum ‘Super chilli’ (Ornamental chilli)

Tropaeolum (Nasturtium) – peppery flavour

Important: Not all ornamental plants are safe to eat. You can check the Hazardous rating in the Joy of Plants web Plant Finder or app to find out whether a plant is harmful or poisonous before eating it. Some plants are toxic!

Carpet bed in a box – drainage is all important. Choose compact plants that give a contrast of colour, texture and habit. Water plants the night before you want to plant them. Brush soil off plants with a make-up brush!

Save cash by taking your own cuttings.

Taking cuttings:

On the plant look for this year’s growth – this is a soft wood cutting.

Cut just below a pair of leaves on the stem, strip leaves and leave 5 leaves remaining (too few leaves and the plant won’t be able to photosynthesise).

Dip the cutting in water + dissolved vitamin C instead of rooting compound.

Plant in compost around the edge of a pot. Leave until new shoots grow, then repot.

You can look up lots more fruit trees in our app and Plant Finder by looking at Browse by group/Bedding.

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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.

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 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 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.

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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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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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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:

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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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