This week we are celebrating the work of the army of volunteers who keep gardens up and down the country looking their best for visitors.
Frances Tophill continues her vegetable trials at RHS Rosemoor in Devon when she plants out her allotment with the help of RHS volunteers and we visit the Bodnant Garden in north Wales to find out how the volunteers there guide visitors through the world-famous Laburnum Arch.
Back at Longmeadow, we catch up with Monty’s progress in his cutting garden and, now that plants are growing apace, he gets on with seasonal maintenance tasks in the Jewel Garden.
In Gardeners World episode 11 2016:
1. How to grow bananas
Bananas (Musa and Ensete spp.) produce large, elegant leaves and the occasional bunch of fruits, which certainly make a majestic addition to any garden or conservatory. Although they are tender plants, some species are hardy enough to leave outside over winter, especially in the milder parts of the UK, so they are worth experimenting with in the garden.
2. Grow your own grapes
Grapes are a welcome addition to any garden or allotment. They can be trained up walls, on trellis or over arches and need very little space if pruned carefully. Vines need reasonably deep, free-draining soil and plenty of sunlight to ripen properly and will happily grow on any good garden soil and sunny site in southern Britain. Indoor cultivation gives better and more reliable crops, especially in northern regions.
3. Streptocarpus care
Streptocarpus are popular, relatively inexpensive, moderately easy-to-grow houseplants in a wide range of attractive colours which will produce flowers over several months. They are also easy-to-propagate.
Hostas are one of the best foliage plants for light to medium shade and are deservedly popular. These resilient and easy-to-grow plants are available in a wide range of leaf colours, sizes and shapes, and are also valued for their flowers, which are often fragrant. Both flowers and foliage are as favoured by the flower arranger as the gardener.