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Garden renovation series with Charlie Dimmock and garden designers the Rich brothers. A low-maintenance, contemporary garden is created for a retired couple.


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With her can-do attitude, love of simple gardens

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-and decades of experience...

-Hello!

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..Charlie Dimmock is one of Britain's best-loved gardeners.

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Looking good, boys.

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But the new kids on the gardening block are the Rich brothers.

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We want to be the brothers

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that change people's perceptions of gardens.

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Winners of multiple medals at the Chelsea Flower Show...

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-Oh, wow.

-Oh, good turn.

-That's amazing, isn't it?

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..the boys have become known for their dramatic outdoor spaces.

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Now these two different generations of gardening

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are going head-to-head.

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I know they've got a gold medal, but I can come up with a few ideas.

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They're meeting frustrated garden owners across the country...

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The photos made it look tiny. It is, isn't it?

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-I'm sure you've seen larger.

-I don't know what to do with it.

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-..and will each pitch them a design based on their needs...

-Wow.

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..and budget.

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-It looks really exciting.

-It doesn't look like it could be our garden.

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-The winner...

-Woo.

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-Woo.

-Yeah.

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..brings their design to life...

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-Hold on, hold on.

-Sweet as a nut.

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..and the loser has to help them build it.

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Oh, I'm getting irritated now with sort of faffing around.

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-This is what happens...

-Does he ever get irritating?

-All the time.

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-..when different styles collide...

-Who chose these?

-One, two, three.

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-This looks like your design.

-Yeah.

-Wa-hey!

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-..to turn garden dreams into reality.

-Wow.

-Wow.

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-Open your eyes.

-Wow.

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It's amazing.

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It's beautiful.

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So, whose garden will Charlie and the Rich brothers,

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be competing over today?

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We've heard from Christine and Clive.

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They're a retired couple, they've just moved into their new home.

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Oh, it looks brand spanking new, as well, doesn't it?

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Christine and Clive hail from Fleet, they met in 1969

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at a social club and have been happily married for 45 years.

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'Clive used to belong'

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to a club called 18+.

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'Well, it was a very, very hot summer,

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'so I suggested that a crowd'

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went up to the open-air theatre in Regent's Park,

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only one person turned up

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'and I've still got the programme upstairs framed'

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with the date on it.

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That was our first date.

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Four decades and five houses and gardens later,

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the couple have decided to scale down.

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'There was a big area in the garden in our last house.

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'We realised that the knees weren't going to particularly improve.

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-'Knees and back.

-And we wanted'

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a flat, easier to manage

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and easier to access garden.

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They moved into their new-built home five months ago

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and as they are the first residents,

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the garden is as the developers left it.

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Their previous garden used to be quite well-stocked -

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it was large, full of things...

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-CHARLIE LAUGHS

-This one's not.

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-So, what a contrast.

-One pot, two pot.

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Nothing.

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The couple are looking for a garden that works

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with their new pace of life.

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Christine likes a garden to potter in. She's definitely a potterer.

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As long as I can grow some tomatoes,

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some runner beans and a few herbs and salad staff - that's fine.

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And we want to be able to relax and have friends round

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and that's where I want to be able to have a snooze

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when it does get sunny.

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These guys love contemporary and they love the idea

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of having a bit more of an adult space with a real wow factor.

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Yeah, I bet you think you've got it sewn up, don't you?

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-I never think that...

-I do contemporary so well.

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It's the openness and the light that we like from this house,

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which was one of the reasons why we bought it.

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What we want out of the garden is for it to be an extension

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of the house.

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But that's not all the team have to contend with.

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We live in quite close proximity to other people's homes.

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And as much as we love them, it would nice to have some privacy.

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But instant privacy in a garden that is so overlooked

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doesn't come cheap.

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We've allowed a budget of £7,000.

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It's quite a lot, but like you said, it's quite a blank canvas,

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so we're going to have to really bring everything.

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We've got a lot of scope, though.

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-I think these guys need a bit of zhoosh with their ideas.

-Yeah.

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-Have you got a lot of zhoosh, have you?

-Oh, tons of it.

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This garden may have a healthy budget,

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But with not much else in there, the team have to give them

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everything and starting from scratch will be costly.

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With a garden challenge in hand, Charlie and the brothers are heading

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to Fleet to find out how Christine and Clive see the garden...

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So, here's the garden.

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..and to assess how the look of their house

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could influence their design.

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It's nice and light in here, isn't it?

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-Very nice, yeah.

-Quite clean, quite modern.

-Yeah, definitely.

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-Not a lot is going on, Clive, is there?

-Not a lot.

-A bare canvas.

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-Hmm. Cos you've not been here that long, have you?

-No.

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-So this is quite exciting to you?

-It is very exciting,

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very exciting, but also quite scary having such a flat, blank square.

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-It is very flat.

-Where do you start?

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See, that's my feeling.

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This is a really lovely piece of furniture,

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-the warmth of the wood...

-It is nice.

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Really modern, really contemporary style with the horizontal slats.

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Definitely use this in, like, a screening.

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Or maybe, like, raised beds,

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something like that would give a really nice, contemporary detail.

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I think that the style is a little...

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We would like it a little bit more formal, little bit more structured.

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But one of the things I think would be lovely

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is to have something with a wow factor.

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I feel we need a little shady area, somewhere to sit,

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because it is a south-facing garden.

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But hopefully an area out here where we can eat as well.

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So, I kind of get this...it needs to be quite uncluttered...

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-Yeah.

-..quite modern.

-Mm-hm.

-Everything kind of has a reason,

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cos everything here is kind of located nicely, isn't it?

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So, we're saying formal, contemporary, wow factor,

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socialising area, but to blank out some of the houses a bit

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and a bit to do in the garden.

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-Yeah.

-You've got it in one.

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Well, that's the brief.

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Now it's time for Charlie and the boys to get creative.

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They each have to come up with a design

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for Christine and Clive's garden,

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then pitch it to the couple who will choose a winning design to be built.

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But it's not over for the loser as they'll be at the beck and call

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of the winner, helping them bring their design to life.

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Charlie's passion for flora may appeal to gardener Christine and her

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-love of pottering in the garden.

-This is exciting.

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-Hello.

-Hello, hello.

-Hi.

-Hi, guys.

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But the boys' more modern style could swing it in their favour.

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It's time for the big pitch.

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We realise that we needed to give you a very modern,

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very stylish garden,

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but that definitely draw on quite traditional values.

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So, something that had a balance between the two.

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So, the main features in this garden are the raised beds you can see here

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and they're made up of horizontal slatted wood,

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-similar to some of the features in your living room.

-Yeah.

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So, that's just got a really nice, clean contemporary look.

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You've already got this one patch of area,

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but we wanted to give you one in the middle of the garden,

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so you really feel kind of surrounded by the garden.

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-Oh, wow.

-Right.

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-Oh, I like that.

-Wow.

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My feeling is to keep the garden very simple and structured.

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Now, this area here, this is the socialising area.

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This is a very chunky, simple deck, oak deck,

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so you would step up onto it.

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And this is a canal of water with a feature at the end,

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so it's shallow water,

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we can put dye in it to make it reflective like a mirror...

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-Wow.

-..which can look really wow.

-I've never thought of that.

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The boys' design is very subtle,

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but Charlie's thrown everything at hers and it's going down well.

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But it's not over yet, the boys have answers to the privacy issue...

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We've located four different trees in this garden,

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which we feel will help with the privacy,

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juts by bringing the trees a little bit closer

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so that you can be amongst the trees,

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but when you look out, it completely blocks off the views

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from the upper windows of the houses.

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But Charlie's thought of that too.

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So, to screen out the bits that you don't want to see,

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I've got large shrubs around the perimeter,

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strategically placed and this is just a very straightforward,

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simple pergola

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so that the people behind here can't look in when you're sitting out.

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Both designers have also considered Christine's love of gardening.

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-We've got low topiarised box hedging.

-Oh, right.

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-That's different.

-And that sits on the outside of the raised beds

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and that's great because it softens it.

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-They're relatively easy to maintain as well?

-Really easy.

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Yeah, good fun, you can cut it if you like,

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you can let it grow higher if you like.

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With the planting here...

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Lots and lots of box balls that we then interplant.

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Oh, I like that.

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Now, I've got them random, I quite like that.

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And then this is a raised bed.

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Now, I've left it all for vegetables.

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What looks quite amazing

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is mixing your vegetables with your ornamentals,

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-you can make a really...

-I like that idea.

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Christine and Clive appear impressed,

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but they have some questions.

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So, how high would you say the topiary hedge is?

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-Head height.

-Oh, that high?

-No, I'm just joking.

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-No... Joking.

-About 50cm...

-It would take 20 years.

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It'll be about 40 to 50 centimetres. So, like, knee height.

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-That kind of thing.

-Knee height.

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Paving slabs - they're an absolute pain to cut around.

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So, if possible, it would be great if that could be changed into

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a dedicated path without grass between...

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We can do that. Yes, that saves the budget even more,

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so we can spend it elsewhere.

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The pitch is over.

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Now it's up to Christine and Clive.

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And this, I would never have thought of having a long water feature.

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Very clever.

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Which obviously elongates the garden, so that's a very clever...

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A concern is the positioning of this pergola,

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because that would, in fact, not create very much shade.

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We can perhaps turn it round the other way?

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-I thought this was genius...

-Stunning.

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..in terms of bringing these trees nearer to the house...

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-Exactly, rather than around the edge.

-..to create privacy.

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-And I love this way of doing the raised beds...

-Yeah.

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-..partly with the boxed...

-But is there going to be enough...?

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-That seating area you can move...

-Yeah.

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-..in terms of where the shade is.

-Yeah.

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The couple want a garden with the wow factor.

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So, which design has it?

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-Really difficult decision, how on earth do we decide?

-Yeah.

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Will they go for the boys' formal, subtle design with extra patio,

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raised beds and trees for privacy?

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Or Charlie's chunky oak deck,

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contemporary water feature and topiary balls?

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So, so difficult, love them both. Really love them both.

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But at the end of the day, the one we have chosen is...

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-Ah, Charlie...

-Nice. Well done.

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-Good, I get to do a water feature, yes! Your favourite.

-Yeah, yeah.

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But Christine and Clive want to tweak Charlie's design.

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-We need to tweak the path a bit so...

-And the pergola.

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And the pergola - that's just twist it round sun-wise.

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-But, yes...

-But thank you both.

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And we get to see more of you, Charlie.

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-And the boys, I can't do it on my own.

-And the boys, yes.

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Great. You make a great team.

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It's an early start for the team in Fleet.

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Charlie's away ordering some of the large plants that Clive and

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Christine's seven grand budget has enabled her to buy.

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So, it's down to project manager Kate and landscapers

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Scott, Adam and Mark to get on with the prep.

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Just marking out - no problems, just solutions.

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There's an awful lot of landscaping to do,

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so Charlie's made sure there's a digger on site to shoulder

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the heavy work...if they can get it into the garden.

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HE SPEAKS INDISTINCTLY

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To give the clients the wow factor they were looking for,

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Charlie has jam-packed her design with features.

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So, while Scott cracks on with digging out the water feature,

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Adam assembles a subframe for the rectangular deck.

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And we've got lovely hardwood.

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It's called balau, and it's really beautiful.

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Lovely red tinge.

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Because the plot is a rectangular shape,

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the boys don't have to create a bespoke deck.

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Charlie has ordered a kit of parts, so it should be an easier job.

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Oh, look at that. You've got lovely lines from the timbers.

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-OK.

-Yeah, that's fine.

-Down.

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-Beautiful.

-Lovely, lovely.

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Charlie's water feature really caught Christine and Clive's eye.

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Situated towards the rear of the garden,

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this will be a real focal point.

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Charlie's opted to build a traditional rill

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but is planning to add a fountain at one end to create movement.

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It's really crucial to get your levels right

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when you're building a rill,

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otherwise the water will be all tipsy.

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And it's a big one - 1m wide and 4m long.

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-Superb.

-We are there or thereabouts, all the way around.

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The next step is to reinforce the edges

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to keep the earth back.

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Because the hole will eventually be lined,

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it's fine to use cheaper breeze blocks.

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-Yeah, just...

-Lovely, lovely.

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Out front, Charlie and the boys have just arrived.

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With such a heavy workload, they're just in the nick of time.

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This garden is a very simple design.

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It's all about blocks and squares and rectangles.

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What kind of planting?

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-We've got lots of box balls...

-Oh, nice.

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..to go, and I don't know whether to arrange them

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in a dunk, dunk, dunk,

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-or random...

-Ah.

-Ooh!

-..with the rectangles.

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I like doing that. Can we do that bit?

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You want to do the box balls?

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-Yeah.

-OK, so you're doing the water feature.

-Yeah.

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You're going to do the path and you're going to do some planting.

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-Lovely.

-Brilliant.

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-I'm going to do some decking. Sun's out.

-Yeah.

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-What can go wrong?

-Unless you add more things to our list.

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THEY LAUGH

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Whilst the boys consider the water feature,

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Charlie is onto the deck.

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But before any boards can go down,

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the framework needs to be put in place.

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-Do you want to just lift it across?

-No.

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The boys have dug a trench in the lines of the subframe,

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so it will sit in the lawn,

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and have added a membrane to stop weeds coming through the gaps.

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Now it's ready for Charlie and Scott.

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Look at that decking. Ooh.

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We've got a slight fall on there,

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so it disperses the water off the edge of the boards.

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-Because the boards aren't grooved.

-They're not. They're flat hardwood.

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They're flat, which will look really smart.

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This is going to be very instant, isn't it?

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It's going to come through very quickly, yeah.

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-Bomp, bomp, bomp.

-Instant dance floor.

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SHE LAUGHS

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The channel for the water rill has been dug and lined with sand,

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so it's ready for the liner.

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-Oh, it smells.

-Smells lovely. Takes us back to the surfing days.

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HE LAUGHS

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But Charlie has had an idea on how

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she can make this garden feel personal to Christine and Clive.

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The rill has been designed to have a fountain at one end,

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so they've been on a shopping trip.

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Oh, look at that. Look at that handsome beast.

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..queen of water features.

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The queen of water features. I heard my name. OK.

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So, I have to say, that is pretty full-on, isn't it?

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-Yeah.

-So, I would put it about there.

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-CHRISTINE:

-To go into the...

-So, that...that... So, you see...

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-Yeah.

-..from there, but also from your decking.

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-Yeah, yeah.

-So, from both ways.

-Yeah.

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And you'll see the water dropping.

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-Yes.

-Oh, what a good idea.

-We need to fill it up first, don't we?

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-DAVID:

-Well, we need to put a liner in it first.

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-Stop distracting us, you two.

-Yeah, we need to get on.

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Meanwhile, Adam and Scott are putting edging in for a path.

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That's it. Good work. Lovely.

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Charlie has created two paths to link the different features

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to the existing patio,

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creating a journey around the garden.

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Clive wasn't keen on slabs, so she's using gravel.

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Over at the water feature,

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the boys need to crack on with fixing the liner.

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Beautiful.

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The trickiest bits are the corners,

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so they're tiding them up like the corners of a bedsheet.

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Yeah, this is good here as well. Just pulling it a little bit.

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Final adjustments to make it nice and neat

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can be done when it's full of water.

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-This is coming on well, isn't it?

-Yeah.

-It's good.

-Cracking on.

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The timber edging is down,

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but there seems to be a difference of opinion.

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We also put the timber heads along

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with some nice membrane in the bottom.

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Mem... No. No, no, no. Not membrane in the bottom.

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-You've got to have membrane in the bottom.

-Why?

-No.

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-Stop the weeds coming up.

-No, but it comes up.

-No.

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Looks like Charlie needs the clients' input again.

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Clive!

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-So, you've got me to change the paving.

-Yes.

-I just...

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-THEY LAUGH

-All right. Tools out.

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-Not that we're ganging up against the boys...

-Tools out.

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-..but... So, this is the gravel path.

-Yes.

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The boys would like to put membrane down.

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-Oh. Mm.

-But when you walk on it on gravel,

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it comes up through and all that black will come to the surface.

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You might have to pull out the odd weed.

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-But is that the guarantee that you're able to offer?

-No.

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So, Clive, no pressure. Is it membrane or no membrane?

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So, if we can just put down weedkiller

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and that's going to resolve the problem, yes.

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-Right answer. Good.

-Excellent.

-Sorry, guys.

-Sorted.

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Excellent. Thank you, Clive.

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-We'll get back to work, then.

-Might as well pack up tools, then, lads.

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-We're going home.

-I'm sorry about that, guys.

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-HE GRUNTS

-I'll take the small one, shall I?

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Why does it always seem to work that way?

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It's all timing, David. It's all timing.

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All right, well, that's the way to attack there.

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Over at the deck, Charlie and Scott have made up

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and are ready to lay the first decking boards.

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-So, the first one has got to be spot on, hasn't it?

-It has, yes.

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Charlie opted for a smooth, luxurious hardwood deck.

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Hailing from Asia,

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it adds that little touch of exotic glamour to the garden.

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People worry about decking that hasn't got grooves in

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because it'll be slippery,

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but this has an antifungal property to it,

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so it means it doesn't get slippery as long as you oil it once a year.

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Although a hardwood deck is more expensive than softwood,

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it weathers well and could potentially have

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up to double the life span.

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Using hardwood screws,

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Scott leaves a 4mm gap to allow for any swelling of the boards.

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-Sure that's in the right place?

-It is in the right place, thank you.

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I'm just teasing!

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And with Charlie being at the helm,

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she has a word of caution for everyone.

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Right. You do all know there's no walking on this deck

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once it's down?

0:20:370:20:38

-The dance floor, isn't it?

-Dragon wagon's talking!

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She's a tough boss, Charlie, but a caring one too.

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The sun has been belting down all day, so she's being mother hen.

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We have got hats for the boys.

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Do you want to see the boys in their hats?

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So, Scott's hat is very dapper.

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-Oh, cheers, Mum.

-That looks much better.

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-Have you got some sunblock for my neck as well?

-Yes.

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And where's the other little boy?

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With the flower facing? Damn. Why is Harry getting the good one?

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Good. Covers your ears, the back of your neck.

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Actually reminds me of Nan a little bit.

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Cooking on gas here.

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Christine loves to potter in the garden.

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Right, let's get the sleeper, Harry. Come on.

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So she doesn't have to bend down all the time,

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Charlie has designed three raised beds.

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One runs parallel to the water feature.

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-That's the path.

-That's the path, that is, mate.

0:21:440:21:46

Oh, is that actually the path?

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So, we're going outside that far edge, basically.

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Should have looked at Charlie's design.

0:21:500:21:53

THEY LAUGH

0:21:530:21:55

Are you changing my design already, Harry?

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-Yeah. By mistake, though.

-THEY LAUGH

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The bed will be around 70cm high

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and 1m wide -

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a nice sensible height that's easier on the back.

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I'll leave you boys to it. You know what you're doing.

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The boys start with the base,

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making sure it's good and solid and then building it up.

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OK, hold on, then.

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Yeah, it's good there, mate. That's lovely.

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Beautiful.

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Charlie has designed the beds to be just a metre wide,

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which also makes them easier to maintain.

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And the 1m bit is the key bit.

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You don't want to have your veg bed too wide

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and you can't reach the middle.

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Another great thing about raised beds

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is it's good for the back.

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You're not reaching or bending over, kneeling down.

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It's really manageable.

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All you need to do is refresh your soil with some good manure

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about once a year and the veg will love it.

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But there are still two more to do,

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and with the deck and the water feature not yet finished,

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the hard landscaping seems to be taking forever.

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So hot.

0:23:130:23:15

Can't complain.

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Are we halfway yet?

0:23:260:23:28

-Not quite.

-SHE MOCKINGLY SOBS

0:23:280:23:31

Charlie is getting frustrated, and there's more bad news.

0:23:310:23:34

The boys are struggling with the raised beds.

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So, can you look down that side and just see if that's kind of flush

0:23:370:23:40

with that, so we get it square?

0:23:400:23:41

No. They must've come...

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The sleepers don't seem to be quite right.

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I mean, it's timber, at the end of the day.

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-Yeah, and you can't account for timber...

-It's not the way...

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There's going to be some movement in it.

0:23:530:23:55

I'll leave me little gap at the back end.

0:23:550:23:56

-Stop slowing him down, you.

-HE LAUGHS

0:23:560:23:59

Sorry. Goodness me.

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What we're finding is that some of these timbers are either warped

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kind of basically banana-like, that way,

0:24:040:24:08

so it just means you've got to screw them in together.

0:24:080:24:11

And between the two, there's going to be three high,

0:24:110:24:13

so what we're going to have to do on the inside,

0:24:130:24:16

bracket them and then pull them together and screw them in.

0:24:160:24:18

At least the decking is nearly finished.

0:24:200:24:23

Last board! Only 28 screws to go!

0:24:230:24:29

SHE LAUGHS

0:24:290:24:31

Last two screws.

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Yes. Until we start the pergola.

0:24:340:24:37

Yay! Woo!

0:24:400:24:43

And the last deck board is down.

0:24:430:24:46

The boys have conquered the raised beds

0:24:520:24:54

and have moved back to the rill.

0:24:540:24:56

Snug.

0:24:560:24:57

Charlie has chosen limestone coping stones,

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and the boys are laying them an inch over the edge.

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So, what it does is it covers the lining

0:25:040:25:06

so you see this lovely reflection of the stone texture

0:25:060:25:08

instead of this,

0:25:080:25:10

so it's a really smart way of finishing the water feature.

0:25:100:25:13

Charlie has positioned the rill

0:25:130:25:15

so it's in plain view from the kitchen.

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The ideal spot for any water feature

0:25:170:25:20

is a site where the wind doesn't blow and it isn't too hot.

0:25:200:25:23

A water feature like this obviously does require

0:25:230:25:26

a bit more maintenance, but it's not too bad.

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At maybe the height of summer, full sun,

0:25:280:25:30

you'd be looking at maybe topping up an inch a week at the most,

0:25:300:25:33

so it doesn't require too much of your time.

0:25:330:25:35

Charlie's still on landscaping duties.

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So that the deck is shaded on days like today,

0:25:400:25:43

she and Adam are adding a pergola.

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Great thing about putting a pergola in

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is it adds the height,

0:25:490:25:50

but it also means you can grow more plants.

0:25:500:25:52

So, you can have trailing plants and climbing plants.

0:25:520:25:55

-So, this is a kit one, isn't it, this pergola?

-It is, yeah.

0:25:550:25:58

We're making life simple, supposedly.

0:25:580:26:01

-Supposedly, yeah.

-SHE LAUGHS

0:26:010:26:03

Just got to get everything the right height first

0:26:030:26:05

-and then we'll be all right.

-OK.

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On the hottest summer days, shade is essential in the garden,

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so it pays to know the position of the sun in relation to your plot,

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particularly if you're planning a seating area for morning coffee

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or a dining area for afternoon or evening get-togethers.

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Trees or tall shrubs offer natural shade

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but need to have a wide and dense canopy to be effective.

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Wooden pergolas or pagodas have the natural feel of a tree,

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and come in shapes and sizes to fit any style of garden.

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But the frame only offers partial shade,

0:26:450:26:48

so consider the growth rate of what you climb up it

0:26:480:26:51

if you're going to rely on it for protection.

0:26:510:26:53

If your taste is contemporary,

0:26:550:26:57

than nothing beats a dramatic sail shade for the wow factor.

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They come in all colours but will need regular cleaning

0:27:010:27:05

if you want to maintain that boutique hotel look.

0:27:050:27:08

In Fleet, Adam is screwing the post for Charlie's pergola

0:27:110:27:15

into the subframe just to get the positioning spot on.

0:27:150:27:19

He'll then add postcrete to the hole so it's solid as a rock.

0:27:190:27:23

-I'll get the screw started.

-Yeah, cos I've just moved that totally.

0:27:230:27:26

-Right. You tell me when you think we're about there.

-Hold on, hold on.

0:27:300:27:33

-Give a girl a chance. Good.

-Yeah?

-Go, quick.

0:27:330:27:37

At last, the back of the hard landscaping has been broken,

0:27:420:27:46

so Charlie wastes no time in getting the brothers

0:27:460:27:49

straight onto planting trees.

0:27:490:27:51

-Oh, yes.

-Loving the size of these.

-So...

0:27:510:27:54

-Wow.

-Oh! Ooh!

0:27:540:27:57

-So, we have our lovely hawthorn.

-Yeah.

0:27:570:27:59

-And prunus serrula.

-Crimson cloud.

-Crimson cloud.

-She's mine.

0:27:590:28:02

I'm thinking over there.

0:28:020:28:05

-For Dave.

-What's this? What's this?

0:28:050:28:07

-Prunus serrula.

-Oh, that will be lovely.

0:28:070:28:11

Christina and Clive's garden is overlooked on three sides.

0:28:110:28:16

-Put the Chinese sorbus here.

-Yeah.

0:28:160:28:19

Yeah, because it'll block that house out.

0:28:190:28:21

So, Charlie is planting ornamental trees

0:28:210:28:23

that won't grow too big

0:28:230:28:25

and will also add some much needed shade to the garden.

0:28:250:28:28

Bring the alder forward a bit.

0:28:280:28:30

Alder forward!

0:28:320:28:34

Quite a lot. Don't be shy.

0:28:350:28:38

-Happy with that.

-Nice.

-Cool.

0:28:400:28:43

One of the big selling points of Charlie's design

0:28:430:28:46

were the billowing clouds of box that she proposed

0:28:460:28:49

for the left-hand border,

0:28:490:28:50

and it's time they made an appearance.

0:28:500:28:53

So, we've got very large ones.

0:28:540:28:57

I've got this one that I'm going to leave shaggy,

0:28:570:28:59

so we've got a couple of shaggy ones

0:28:590:29:01

because I like the different textures.

0:29:010:29:03

You can buy various shapes and sizes of topiary off the shelf,

0:29:030:29:07

but if there's a specific shape you like,

0:29:070:29:09

you can have great fun creating your own.

0:29:090:29:12

People get quite confused about how far you need to cut them back.

0:29:120:29:16

You don't need any fancy clippers.

0:29:160:29:19

You can quite happily use

0:29:190:29:22

a good pair of scissors or sequiturs,

0:29:220:29:25

and just follow the shape and just sort of press on it

0:29:250:29:28

and you just know that that's far enough back

0:29:280:29:30

because there's some resistance.

0:29:300:29:32

The boys were itching to get their hands on the balls,

0:29:320:29:35

but Charlie wants the trees planted first.

0:29:350:29:39

Get them in.

0:29:390:29:41

Harry is planting a golden alder.

0:29:420:29:45

With beautiful autumn and winter colour,

0:29:450:29:47

it can reach up to 12m high.

0:29:470:29:50

Alders are one of my favourite trees

0:29:500:29:51

because sometimes the simplest things look the best.

0:29:510:29:55

-That works, doesn't it?

-That's nice.

-It looks textured.

0:29:570:29:59

What about my hawthorn? Do you like it?

0:29:590:30:01

Yeah, that's a good-looking tree.

0:30:010:30:03

So, it's closely related to the native hawthorn,

0:30:030:30:05

but it's the fancier version with the lovely strong, pink flowers.

0:30:050:30:09

-It's great, isn't it?

-It is pretty strong. Pretty bold.

0:30:090:30:12

Charlie is also adding some large shrubs

0:30:140:30:17

that will be easier for Christine and Clive to manage than perennials

0:30:170:30:20

and will provide some year-round interest.

0:30:200:30:23

Going to try and cover this wall up a bit with these evergreens,

0:30:240:30:27

so, you know, we've got this viburnum tinus...

0:30:270:30:30

Yeah. And this guy, this pittosporum, is my favourite.

0:30:300:30:32

-Yeah?

-It's gorgeous. Got a lovely, simple leaf, isn't it?

0:30:320:30:35

See, I like the garrya elliptica.

0:30:350:30:37

Evergreen. It gets those great big long tassels on it. Tassel tree.

0:30:370:30:40

-Oh, sounds horrific.

-Horrific?

-HE LAUGHS

0:30:400:30:44

-No accounting for taste.

-Look at that!

0:30:440:30:46

Simple dark stem. Lovely green leaf. No variegation.

0:30:460:30:50

You need educating, you boys do. You so do.

0:30:500:30:54

With the trees in,

0:31:000:31:01

the brothers have got their wish and are onto the box balls.

0:31:010:31:05

-Oh, give me...

-Like a glove.

0:31:050:31:07

Give me a hand getting this one in, Harry,

0:31:070:31:09

and then I'll...we can both fill them in.

0:31:090:31:11

But towards the rear of the garden,

0:31:110:31:13

there's a problem with the water feature.

0:31:130:31:16

Is that heavy, that water feature?

0:31:160:31:18

It's not really, but when it's full of water,

0:31:180:31:21

it will be heavy.

0:31:210:31:22

So, it will hold them down. I'll see what height it is.

0:31:220:31:25

Scott has realised that when the water is turned off,

0:31:250:31:28

the fountain will be too light and could float away.

0:31:280:31:31

Is that good for the saw?

0:31:370:31:39

-If it's someone else's saw...

-Yeah, it's fine.

0:31:390:31:41

..it's not a problem, but as it's mine...

0:31:410:31:43

SHE LAUGHS

0:31:430:31:46

So he places its base on top of some breeze blocks

0:31:460:31:49

so it sits just above the water line.

0:31:490:31:52

He'll then weigh it down to keep it firmly in place.

0:31:520:31:56

In order to get the fountain to work,

0:31:590:32:01

there's a new addition to the team.

0:32:010:32:03

Electrician Kieran is not only wiring up the water feature,

0:32:030:32:07

he's also been tasked with putting in a new lighting scheme.

0:32:070:32:11

Christine and Clive were so taken with Charlie's planting plans,

0:32:110:32:14

they insisted on some night-time illumination.

0:32:140:32:18

Lighting can bring a whole new dimension to a garden.

0:32:240:32:28

Designer Karena Batstone knows how to add some night-time drama

0:32:280:32:32

to an outdoor space.

0:32:320:32:34

During the day, you have no choice what's lit in a garden.

0:32:340:32:37

Everything is lit.

0:32:370:32:39

But at night, you have the opportunity

0:32:390:32:41

to do something really exciting.

0:32:410:32:44

The trick is to be subtle with your lighting.

0:32:440:32:46

Think about the effect you want and where to position your lights.

0:32:460:32:50

I like to use spike-mounted spotlights in the beds

0:32:530:32:56

because you can move them around.

0:32:560:32:58

If you use the fitting very close to the base of a wall,

0:33:000:33:03

you'll pick up the texture of the wall.

0:33:030:33:06

But don't forget about the practical issues

0:33:060:33:08

and plan ahead if you can.

0:33:080:33:12

If you're constructing a new garden,

0:33:120:33:14

you need to think about where to put all the conduits,

0:33:140:33:17

because you don't want to put down all your paving and discover

0:33:170:33:20

that you've got some trailing lead going in an awkward place.

0:33:200:33:24

So, it's very well worth planning garden lighting

0:33:240:33:28

right from the start.

0:33:280:33:31

If electric lights aren't practical, there are alternatives.

0:33:310:33:35

Using your outdoor sockets,

0:33:350:33:37

you can create an atmosphere for different occasions.

0:33:370:33:41

So, a party, for instance, get the string lights out.

0:33:410:33:46

And the other thing I would say is don't forget about candlelight.

0:33:460:33:52

I think the nicest way to light a dining table is with candlelight.

0:33:520:33:57

Back in Fleet, with the weight problem of the fountain sorted...

0:34:020:34:06

That's better.

0:34:060:34:08

..it just needs to be slotted into place.

0:34:080:34:11

Still looks good from there, doesn't it?

0:34:110:34:14

Happy with the water feature,

0:34:140:34:16

Charlie is keen that momentum doesn't start flagging.

0:34:160:34:20

-So, you need to square that off of...

-Yeah, no problem.

0:34:200:34:22

And what, there's a path on through there, is there?

0:34:220:34:24

-There's a metre bed...

-Yeah.

-..metre path...

0:34:240:34:27

-Yeah.

-..so we'll timber-edge it.

-Perfect.

0:34:270:34:30

By then, those raised beds will be...

0:34:300:34:32

And then that's flowerbed and raised bed.

0:34:320:34:35

And she's powering on with planting up the raised veg bed.

0:34:390:34:43

And I'm just enriching it with some well-rotted farmyard manure.

0:34:430:34:50

It does make it nice and easy having them raised.

0:34:500:34:52

These ones on there.

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And that one is going to be there.

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Peas...here.

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Charlie is planning to add some height

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by growing peas up wooden supports.

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So, I'm just going to do that with them, really.

0:35:120:35:14

Pretty sure I might change it all in a minute.

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We've got a couple of tomatoes here.

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These are ones, a variety called roma,

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which are great for outside.

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And then we've got a couple of sweet peppers.

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Adding simple net will help keep birds or insects

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from eating your new crops, but Charlie has got another tip.

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You could also plant in here garlic and chives

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cos garlic and chives are really good companion planting

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because they attract lots of hover flies

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which then eat things like the aphids

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that would eat your vegetables.

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That's one raised bed planted up. Just two more to go.

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The day is passing by quickly,

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and although some of the team are planting,

0:35:590:36:01

the hard landscaping just goes on and on.

0:36:010:36:04

David's adding a 10cm top layer of white chippings

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to the path.

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And Charlie has asked the landscapers

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to extend the old patio by two rows

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so Christine and Clive can have a proper eating area

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just outside their kitchen.

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That size is sweet. That's flush on that corner there like that.

0:36:310:36:35

Finally, the big moment. Time to turn the water fountain on.

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Should look pretty cool at night.

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The guys are on the home stretch, which means one thing...

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Is there one more box ball there?

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One here.

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..it's all hands on deck for the planting.

0:37:070:37:10

Should look quite nice about there. Oops.

0:37:110:37:14

And David is starting to regret taking on the box balls.

0:37:140:37:18

Thank you.

0:37:200:37:21

Charlie wanted to immerse Christine in her plants...

0:37:210:37:25

Smells good. This will be a really lovely scented little area.

0:37:250:37:30

..so as well as draping the pergola with climbers,

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she's placed two of the raised beds alongside the decking.

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We've got jasmine, salvias, lavender.

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We're going for, like, a blue, grey, silver effect

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that's going to slightly flop over and soften the raised borders.

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This area is in full sun,

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so Charlie has gone for drought-tolerant plants.

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And being in a raised bed,

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they'll be easy for Christine to maintain.

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So, silver foliage plants are really quite tolerant of drought,

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but once they're established,

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they will put up with really intense sun

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and really dry conditions,

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which actually makes the aromatic ones

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smell even stronger.

0:38:150:38:17

The team are now at full throttle

0:38:170:38:19

with just the last bit of planting to do.

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Got some salvias. Fandabadoozy!

0:38:240:38:28

-Like that.

-Yeah, perfect.

0:38:280:38:30

Yeah, it really works.

0:38:310:38:32

Yeah, I think it's absolutely amazing how much has been done.

0:38:380:38:42

I mean, just, this is a completely different garden, isn't it?

0:38:420:38:44

I think your brother is throwing

0:38:440:38:46

the toys out of his pram at this precise moment.

0:38:460:38:48

I was just getting it out of the bed.

0:38:480:38:49

-How did that bearded iris get over there?

-This one?

0:38:490:38:52

-Yeah.

-It was there.

-It wasn't there. Doesn't matter.

0:38:520:38:54

-Looks gorgeous.

-Where's it supposed to be?

-It's fine.

0:38:540:38:57

-There was no space for it, so we wondered where...

-That's fine.

0:38:570:38:59

-Uh-oh.

-HE LAUGHS

0:39:010:39:04

Think it looks great there, mate.

0:39:040:39:06

The main bed is finished.

0:39:090:39:11

I'm out of here.

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No more planting.

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A quick tidy and the garden is done.

0:39:170:39:21

Once just a flat square of grass,

0:39:250:39:28

this garden was completely overlooked

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and lacked character and features.

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Now it's been brought to life with a £7,000 makeover.

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At the heart of Charlie's design was a beautiful hardwood deck.

0:39:410:39:45

Sleek and stylish with a hint of red, it cost £1,400,

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but it should last for years.

0:39:500:39:53

A pergola not only brings a little privacy

0:39:530:39:56

when relaxing on the deck

0:39:560:39:57

but adds much-needed height to the garden,

0:39:570:40:01

underneath with scented plants like salvias and jasmine

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excite the senses.

0:40:040:40:06

The tranquil water rill with its chrome fountain

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adds a relaxing sound to the garden.

0:40:130:40:15

The quirky box balls add structure and form.

0:40:200:40:24

They look great all year round

0:40:240:40:26

and will be easy for Christine and Clive to maintain.

0:40:260:40:29

Being a south-facing garden,

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Charlie has given the couple a shady woodland area.

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Once they grow to their full eight-metre height,

0:40:420:40:45

a hawthorn and prunus serrula

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will screen the garden from the neighbours.

0:40:480:40:50

And the boys have built three raised beds.

0:40:540:40:57

Made from tanalised timber,

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they're ideal for growing plants and vegetables

0:40:590:41:02

and are low-maintenance.

0:41:020:41:03

..the step over.

0:41:120:41:13

Christine and Clive dreamed of a garden that had the wow factor,

0:41:130:41:18

so has Charlie delivered?

0:41:180:41:20

I'm just going to sort of position you like that.

0:41:200:41:22

Oh, about to open their eyes.

0:41:220:41:25

-And you're allowed to open your eyes.

-Wow.

0:41:250:41:28

-Wow!

-Look at that.

0:41:280:41:31

Loads of wows. That's good.

0:41:310:41:34

-I love that, in particular.

-Fantastic!

0:41:340:41:37

Just to say, you can't walk on the paving, Clive.

0:41:370:41:39

-Right, OK.

-So, come this way.

-Super.

0:41:390:41:42

-Wow.

-Absolutely super.

0:41:420:41:44

So, we're very pleased with the deck,

0:41:440:41:46

because it does look top-notch.

0:41:460:41:47

-Oh, it looks beautiful.

-Oh, doesn't that look smashing?

0:41:470:41:51

-And I love the plants.

-Yeah. Yeah.

0:41:510:41:53

And of course, this is sufficient space where we can even dance.

0:41:530:41:56

Oh, OK. Hello. Let the gentleman lead.

0:41:560:41:59

-THEY LAUGH

-Woo!

0:41:590:42:03

Look at him. Mr Strictly.

0:42:030:42:05

Seven!

0:42:050:42:07

What a charmer.

0:42:070:42:09

-I just think this is beautiful.

-The sound is very tranquil.

0:42:090:42:11

-Yeah, it is.

-Isn't that lovely?

-It is. Absolutely super.

0:42:110:42:15

So, you've got lots of watering to do.

0:42:150:42:17

So, this is going to be so scented.

0:42:170:42:19

If you tread on that paving, I will kill you.

0:42:190:42:21

-SHE LAUGHS

-I'm so nice to the clients!

0:42:210:42:25

That is one of Christine's favourite things,

0:42:250:42:28

and I know that that has a lovely smell as well.

0:42:280:42:30

-I'm glad you love it.

-I love...absolutely love it.

0:42:300:42:33

-Good. Thank you.

-Super.

0:42:330:42:35

And all your....well, everybody's hard work.

0:42:350:42:38

It was a lot of hard work.

0:42:380:42:39

-Yay!

-HARRY:

-Where did that go?

-LAUGHTER

0:42:430:42:46

-CHRISTINE:

-Thanks, guys.

0:42:460:42:47

-Brilliant. Thank you, everybody.

-DAVID:

-Cheers!

0:42:470:42:49

Well done, everybody.

0:42:490:42:52

The garden more than exceeds our expectations.

0:42:520:42:54

It's fantastic. Amazing, yeah.

0:42:540:42:57

Christine and Clive seem happy,

0:42:570:43:00

but do they think their cash was well spent?

0:43:000:43:03

Yes, I do. We're going to be looking out at this for a very long time.

0:43:030:43:06

And we've got this as a result, which is amazing.

0:43:060:43:10

Charlie Dimmock and the Rich brothers are in Fleet, Hampshire, competing to build a low-maintenance, contemporary garden for a retired couple. With a healthy £7,000 budget and only a patch of grass and fence panels to play with, our designers transform this blank canvas into a sensational garden that definitely has the wow factor. With bending over and digging being an issue, the team have ideas for making gardening less labour intensive.