Gardeners' World - 2011/2012 - Episode 3

British summer time means that, from Saturday, we all have an extra hour to get out in our gardens in the evenings just as the early spring display is coming into its own. At Longmeadow Monty Don introduces us to the coppice, a woodland area where his favourite flower, the primrose, is in bloom. As well as enjoying the seasonal colours of spring, it's time to plan the summer display. Monty sows sweet peas and gives his recommendations of what to grow to give you for colour in the garden and cut flowers for the house. Carol Klein journeys to Levens Hall in Cumbria, where she discovers that some of the oldest and finest topiary in the country is under threat from box blight. But far from bemoaning its loss, the gardeners there are embracing the opportunity to experiment with alternatives. Back at Longmeadow, Monty inspects his own box hedges and applies a treatment to increase their health and blight resistance. In Bournemouth Joe Swift meets a man whose passion for dahlias has gradually squeezed almost every other plant out of his garden. As well as looking back on an incredible summer display, tips and techniques are on the menu as Joe learns some hard won secrets of success, including a surprising method of propagation. As usual we have jobs for the weekend, and Monty also sets about repairing some of the winter damage on his garden paths.


  • 2011-03-25 20:30:00 - 2011-03-25 21:00:00 on BBC Two Scotland, BBC Two England,
  • 2011-03-26 18:05:00 - 2011-03-26 18:35:00 on BBC Two Northern Ireland,
  • 2011-03-26 18:35:00 - 2011-03-26 19:05:00 on BBC Two Wales,