Posted: 09/01/2014 at 14:20
Gardens never look the same year round which is why we're advised to plant a variety to give year round interest. The focus will naturally shift through the seasons starting with early spring bulbs and blossom through the exhuberance of early summer flowers, autum colour and winter evergreens and coloured stems and, if you're sheltered enough, some scented winter blooms.
I confess I fast forwarded through Dirmuid's glasshouses as my greenhouse is far too small for exotics to be given space when I need it to shelter treasures in winter. It also gets far too cold for all that tender stuff and heating is not an option.
The shrub part wasn't bad but why, oh why, do these people have to shout and harangue with unnatural emphasis on every other word? Why can't they talk to as though we're just having a conversation and exchanging information and views. I find it very tiring. Must be something the producers or directors ask for as even CB has started doing it and Monty Don's phrasing has gone all awry latterly too.
As others have said, more info on how, when and where would be good. There are all sorts of plants I can't grow because my soil is too alkaline, though deep and fertile, and others I can't grow because it's too wet or too exposed or too cold in winter. Must be the same for others maybe gardening on chalk or sand or high up and exposed or in frost pockets or mild and balmy..