As October progresses and nights become colder, Monty advises on what plants need protection and how to protect tender plants over the coming months. He also plants tulips and wallflowers for late spring colour.
Carol Klein celebrates ornamental grasses as her plant of the month, Adam Frost travels to Peterborough to find out about the work of a Children in Need project for disadvantaged and vulnerable children and Nick Bailey gives a step-by-step guide on how to build a cold-frame for a budget price.
We visit Mark Diacono in Devon, who shows us how to grow our own szechuan pepper, and we go to Surrey to talk to an enthusiast who grows thousands of South African succulents in his back garden in Surrey.
In Gardeners World episode 30 2017:
1. Glorious grasses
Ornamental grasses can really add an extra layer of interest to a border in autumn, especially when combined with late-flowering perennials. The garden at Hauser & Wirth in Somerset is a classic case in point and it is here that Carol sought inspiration for her plant of the month. If you’re in the area and fancy a day out, it’s well worth a visit.
2. Winter containers
Containers planted up with a selection of foliage and flowers can brighten up a patio or balcony, giving colour and interest over the cold season.
3. Citrus care
Citrus are not hardy in Britain but can be grown in pots outdoors in summer and brought inside for the winter. Of all citrus, most gardeners grow lemons; kumquats are the most cold tolerant; others, like limes and grapefruits, need more warmth. The fragrant flowers appear all year round, but are especially abundant in late winter, and fruit ripens up to 12 months later, so they often flower and fruit at the same time.
4. How to collect & save seed
Growing plants from seed is generally straightforward and inexpensive. It is an opportunity to increase the number of plants in your garden for free.
5. When to divide grasses
Ornamental grasses can be divided to produce more plants, or simply to reduce the size of a clump and prevent plants from losing their vigour.