Monty Don Gardening Books Guide

This week we are celebrating the very best of spring gardening with Monty at Longmeadow and visiting the RHS Malvern Spring Festival to see this year’s hottest garden designs and the season’s must-have plants. At Longmeadow, Monty plants herbaceous perennials for summer colour and gives advice on how to care for carnivorous plants, Frances Tophill catches up with the growing trend for greening up indoor spaces with house plants and we meet the third finalist in our Every Space Counts competition.

Carol Klein, Joe Swift and Adam Frost explore the showground at the RHS Malvern Spring Festival and bring us the best from the floral marquee and the show gardens.

“The Power of new growth” – Monty Don – that’s certainly true in my garden this week, you can literally see the plants growing.

Plants mentioned by Monty Donn at Longmeadow:

Cirsium rivulare ‘Atropurpureum’ Plum thistle – grows to 3-4 ft tall, flowers till late summer.

Astilbe Chinensis var . taquetii ‘Purpurlanze’

Echinacea purpurea ‘Magnus’ Coneflower – loved by butterflies and bees.

Carnivorous Plants:

Sarracenia flava – Yellow pitcher plant

Drosera capensis – Cape sundew

Do not use tap water – only rainwater

Needs very low nutrient potting compost as all the energy comes from the flies they consume.

 

House Plants:

Sansevieria trifasciata var. laurentii – Mother-in-law’s tongue – ideal for bedrooms as it releases oxygen while you sleep at nighttime.

Vanda orchid – ideal for the bathroom, love the humidity and lower light levels

Ficus lyrata – Fiddle-leaf fig – loves light so should be kept near a window but never allow to dry out.

 

Plants mentioned at the Malvern Festival:

Euphorbia epithymoides – Cushion spurge

Lychnis floscuguli – Ragged robin

Angelica archangelica

Primula pulverulenta – Bartley Strain – tall primula that flowers for months.

Primula maximowiczii

Polemonium carneum – Apricot Delight

Lathyrus vernus – ‘Alboroseus – Spring pea

Myrrhis odorata – sweet cicely – add the stems to rhubarb to make it sweeter without adding so much sugar.

Lonicera periclymenum ‘Scentsation’ – Honeysuckle, keeps many leaves over winter and highly perfumed.

Semiaquilegia escalcarta Australian Form

Myosotdium hortensia – Chatham Island forget-me-not

Lilium rubellum

 

 

RAF – Memories of service garden

Carpinus betulus – Common hornbeam

Betula utilis var. jacquemonti – West Himalayan birch

Ajuga retans ‘Catlin’s Giant’ – Bugle

 

Succulents feature – Surreal Succulents 

Echeveria agavoides ‘Ebony’ – from Mexico

Aeonium tabuliforme – has a fabinci spiral pattern of leaves.

Aloe Polyphylla – has lovely spiral arrangement of the leaves. Hardy to -15

Aeonium ‘Subburst’ – good indoor plant

Aeonium ‘Pomegranate’

 

Longmeadow:

  • Time to plant climbing beans.
    • Need rich soil with plenty of organic matter. They do not like dry conditions. Like a mild damp summer.
    • Climbing French bean ‘Blauhilde’ – Monty described them as delicious and decorative purple pods.
    • Start harvesting end of July
  • Asparagus
    • Time to harvest – has taken a good couple of years to become established.
    • You should only eat Mid April to July
    • Cut just under the ground
  • Gardening Jobs for this weekend
    • Cut back the lavender
    • Plant out beetroot if you grow from seed in pots.
    • Harden off tender plants before planting out for at least a week
    • Plant gladioli summer bulbs

 

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