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.
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.
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 flos–cuguli – Ragged robin
Primula pulverulenta – Bartley Strain – tall primula that flowers for months.
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
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
- 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
- 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