Building temples and upcycling in this week's episode
The inspiration and plants used in this week's garden
This has to be up there with one of my favorite gardens we have done on the series, at first the fact that the whole garden wrapped around the property seemed like a huge challenge as creating something that all works together across such a large space can be tough.
However after using each space to create a different zone that had its own requirements we made a garden fitting for Hari and his wife Urmila. Inspired by their Nepalese heritage we created what I thought was a stunning garden with sections dedicated to their needs from a garden as well as their passions.
My area was the entertainment space, yay!!! I love creating areas like this in a garden; the place where it all happens and people come together. I wanted the area to remind this couple of home in Nepal, so I used lots of bright colours in both the décor and the planting. We also did some fantastic upcycle in this episode too with the old oil drums and the filing cabinet!! I think the transformation of the filing cabinet stole the show to be honest!
Here are all the plants we used on this build.
Area by Hari’s bench
In this area we used mainly evergreen shrubs to keep the level of maintenance down. Unless shrubs get too big you needn’t do anything with them, the general rule of thumb is that if you do ever need to prune do it immediately after the shrub has flowered. You can be tough too so don’t be afraid that you are cutting back too hard.
Pittosporum tobira has lovely glossy leaves and fragrant flowers.
Pittosporum tenuifolium has slightly larger leaves and contrasting new dark shoots.
Myrtus communis (myrtle) has aromatic evergreen foliage and masses of white flowers.
Choisya ternata ‘Aztec Gold’ another medium sized evergreen shrub w
ith fragrant flowers.
Fatsia japonica a fantastic bold foliage plant.
Bamboo can vary massively depending on which variety you choose. Read the label carefully, I would suggest using the clumping types like ‘Fargesia’ which tend to behave better and not take over the garden.
Acer don’t need pruning unless any of their branches die back.
Plants by wall and stream:
Himalayan birch has lovely bark and no pruning is required.
Sorbus aucuparia or Mountain ash is a great tree for a small garden and has really great autumn colour.
Rhododendrons – if they look unsightly, you can remove the dead flowers (prune in the same way as any other shrub – see above).
Lilac – Has gorgeous scented blooms and is deciduous (loses it’s leaves in the winter).
Azalea usually has vividly coloured flowers, can be used to great effect as a focal point in late spring.
These will die back in the winter and come back the following year. Remove finished flowers and remove dead leaves and stems when they die back in the autumn.
Primula vialii have incredible violet coloured spears of flowers, they like moist soil so perfect for a streamside.
Hostas are excellent foliage plants, however to make the most of them you must protect them from slugs and snails.
Carex is a grass which forms nice mounds of foliage, good for linking plants and the front of borders.
Oriental poppy once flowered benefits from all it foliage and dead stems cutting back. It will send up new foliage that looks much greener and healthier.
Peonies come in a huge array of colours, make sure you get supports in for them nice and early. The flowers can be so huge they cause the whole plant to flop when they are in full bloom.
Iris sibirica are another great plant for growing alongside streams.
Hemerocallis (day lilies) form great big clumps, you can divide them in the Winter should the clump ever start to get too big for the spot you gave it.
Clematis montana: You can wind their stems around the trellis, screens or wires on a wall, or let them scramble through a large tree. They will die back in the winter and regrow in the spring. If they get too big, cut them back in the spring– you can cut them back hard and they will recover!
Plants in pebbles by pond:
Mainly alpine plants. These are perennial plants from mainly alpine or exposed areas. Remove any dead flowers. Some of them will die off in the autumn and come back next year – trim or pull off dead leaves or stems in autumn. Some of them will have leaves all year round. These plants don’t need lots of watering.
Thrift has lovely pink pom poms of flowers.
Campanula can self seed – a lot – so cut back after it has finished flowering if you don’t want it all over the garden.
Sempervivums are wonderful plants, they like it dry and reasonably sunny.
Phlox douglasii are good for creating mats of flowers, brilliant at the very front of a border or in troughs.
Gentians have incredible bright blue flowers but can be a little temperamental – worth it though.
Plants by Urmila’s temple:
Clematis (care as before).
Viburnum opulus has incredible globes of white flowers – a real show stopping shrub once mature, it’s also deciduous.
Banana: Tender perennial (doesn’t do well in very cold weather) – before the first sign of frost, wrap the banana in horticultural fleece so it will grow back next year.
Thyme is an evergreen herb, it prefers poor soil and sunshine. Great in a container near the back door.
Marigolds are annuals so will only flower for one season – remove dead flowers when they start to fade and they will produce new ones until the frosts.
Plants in the entertaining area
Canna lilies – these are tender perennials. In October, before the frosts come, dig them up and put them in a pot. You can cut all of the leaves and stems off when you dig them up as it will force them to hibernate. Keep them in a frost free area like a garage or a greenhouse. Keep them lightly watered (not wet) and they should last until next year, when you can plant them again.
Dwarf sunflowers –These will only flower this year and die in the autumn, if you leave the seed heads to dry you can either collect the seed and sow more in the spring or hang the dried flower head up to feed the birds.
Marigolds (as before).
Plants in grey pots:
Phormium is an evergreen spiky leaf shrub, brilliant as a focal point and likes a sunny position.
Hedera helix (Ivy) is an evergreen climber which needs no support to get to where it wasn’t to grow. Cut back when it starts to get too big.
Tetrapanax Chinese rice paper plant. Deciduous shrub – will die off in the winter and regrow in the spring.
Ficus carica (fig) no care needed unless it gets too big. If it does, prune in May after frosts have finished.
Cosmos is another annual and will only flower for one year, removed dead flowers and it will keep producing more until the frosts in autumn.