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Great British Garden Revival – Episode 8 Lawns & Tropical Gardens


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)


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)


Fatsia japonica





Tender plants – take them inside in the winter:

Aeonium arboretum (House leek)

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