With one of the driest summers in Britain for many years, Monty responds to viewers’ questions and has plenty of advice on how to deal with drought conditions for vegetables, fruit, flowers and containers.
Carol Klein celebrates one of the most flamboyant summer shrubs, the hydrangea, Joe Swift visits a garden which has tranquillity at its heart in both design and planting, Adam Frost gives tips on how to plant up a seating area, and Nick Bailey concludes his guide to roses with the most recent introductions.
Plus a visit to a garden planted up on a tiny budget, where over 200 containers have been filled with plants which have been either been rescued, bought cut-price or swapped.
How to prune a rambling rose
Rose pruning ensures that plants grow vigorously and flower well each year. If left, rambling roses can become a tangled mess of branches with very few flowers. Although often considered complicated, rose pruning is not difficult if you follow this guide. These roses fall into RHS Pruning group 18.
This method is suitable for rambling roses. Sometimes it can be hard to distinguish between a climbing rose and a rambling rose. The easiest way to tell the difference is to take note of the flowering time. A climbing rose will repeat-flower almost all summer, while a rambling rose usually flowers only once, normally around June.
Mulching is generally used to improve the soil around plants, but it also gives your garden a neat, tidy appearance and can reduce the amount of time spent on tasks such as watering and weeding. Mulches help soil retain moisture in summer, prevent weeds from growing and protect the roots of plants in winter.
How to collect & store 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. Seed can be saved from many trees, shrubs, perennials, aquatic plants, alpines, annuals, biennials, bulbous plants, ornamental grasses vegetables and herbs.