West Sussex Garden Rescue


West Sussex

Garden renovation series. Charlie Dimmock and the Rich brothers tackle a narrow garden in West Sussex which the owners would like modernised.


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With her can-do attitude,

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love of simple gardens, and decades of experience,

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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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-Wow!

-Oh, good turn.

-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 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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Not a lot going on, is there?

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-Not a lot!

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

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

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-You look confused.

-I am. Go for it.

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..and budget.

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Doesn't look like it could be our garden.

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The winner...

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-Yay!

-Charlie!

-Yeah, awesome.

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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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Keep working, keep working, boy!

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Whoa, whoa, whoa! Easy.

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This is what happens...

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Just get on with it! Some time today would be good!

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..when different styles collide...

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I think your brother's throwing the toys out of his pram.

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Right, are we doing this?

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..to turn garden dreams into reality.

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Wow, oh!

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Oh, my goodness!

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-Wow.

-Look at that.

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-Oh, my God. Wow.

-Wow.

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It's time for Charlie and the Rich brothers to find out which garden

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they're going to compete over today.

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This is David and Simon,

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and they live in a mid-terraced cottage in Sussex.

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The garden's very much David's baby,

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but he just doesn't know what to do with it.

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-There's lots of lovely plants.

-Mm.

-Yeah.

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Technical manager David has always enjoyed growing vegetables,

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but has recently discovered a passion for all plants and,

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while benefits officer Simon is happy to indulge David's new hobby,

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he's not quite as enthusiastic himself.

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No, just not the end bits, just there.

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I gained an interest in flowers when we got our own garden,

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and realised I had a lot to learn.

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So, I had to do a lot of research.

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And then I'd buy you a new plant each weekend just to keep you happy.

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Yeah, yeah, yeah.

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I've filled my garden with flowers. It looks really pretty.

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-It does.

-But, at the moment, the way I've got it designed is a bit '70s.

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A border of flowers, a strip of lawn, a path,

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straight line to greenhouse. Which is fine for me, really.

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-Yeah. I wouldn't go down there.

-No, why would you?

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THEY LAUGH

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The garden looks quite narrow.

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I think that's what they might be having trouble with,

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it's very long, very thin, and they maybe don't know how to break it up.

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Exactly. It's adding to what's there,

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and it's giving it a bit of structure more than anything.

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I'm just frustrated at the moment with the garden

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because I'm not sure now where to take it.

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-It's the next step, I guess.

-Yeah, yeah.

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To make us truly happy with it.

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To ensure David gets the garden of his dreams,

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the couple are prepared to make a big investment,

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and have given the designers a budget of £5,000.

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With Charlie and the Rich brothers each hoping to win the contract,

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they head to West Sussex to see the garden for themselves.

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Oh, wow!

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-Look at this.

-Wow.

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-Isn't it beautiful?

-Yes.

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They don't need a Garden Rescue, do they?

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I know. I'll have this one, I'll take it home now!

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Look at the plants. Hellebores, fritillaries,

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they're not the easiest thing in the world to grow.

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-And everything's got labels on.

-I know, I know.

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It looks beautiful but it does need a little bit of a rejig.

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-Yeah.

-When you have long, narrow gardens like this,

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it does draw your eye right down to the bottom.

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It's quite nice to section them off a little bit, isn't it?

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Yeah, at the moment, you can see everything, why go to the bottom?

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Pretty cool greenhouse, isn't it? I mean, that is my favourite.

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A lot going for this garden. It might be small...

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-The opportunities are endless.

-Endless.

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Ooh! Getting excited already.

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It's unusual for the designers to have such a solid foundation

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to start from, and they're eager to find out more.

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So, David and Harry head inside for a poke around.

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Oh, it's really cosy in here, isn't it?

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It's gorgeous. Got a really lovely feeling.

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I think, being outside, it felt quite open, didn't it?

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So, try and recreate this cosiness in the garden, it'll be really cool.

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And I think having wooden floors, as well, adds to that cosiness.

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It's a lovely warming colour, nice texture.

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Yeah, definitely. They've got it outside, they clearly like it.

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Maybe using a bit more of it would be really cool.

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Charlie meets David and Simon to see what ideas they have for the garden.

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David and Simon.

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-Hello.

-What a sweet garden!

-I know. We love it,

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and we have spent, well, I've spent a lot of time, actually,

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-looking after it, and tending to my plants.

-Yeah.

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-Are you into the garden as well?

-I'm going to be honest, it's a no!

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THEY LAUGH

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I love sitting out here, in the summer, especially, with a drink.

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But, when you sit there, as beautiful as it looks,

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you're drawn to the greenhouse, and there's nothing to make you think,

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-ooh, what's down there?

-Right.

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So, what would you like to draw you down the garden?

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I was thinking, maybe, a windy path, or a secret seating area.

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So that you've got two entertainment areas?

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-Yes.

-Yes.

-That gets the sun there in the mornings.

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So we'd like to keep a seating area out there, yes.

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Look at all the lights, as well.

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Around the mirror, you've got one on the shelf, lamp beside the sofa.

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It could be a little hint.

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They also love their flowers. We've got some cut flowers here.

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Tulips. They've clearly got a really big passion with plants.

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So, let's not forget them.

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So, are there any plants, colour-wise, you like?

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I personally love things that are quite cottage garden, so,

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I love foxgloves, I love penstemons.

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So, it would be nice to fill the garden with flowers,

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and I don't mind spending time looking after them.

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Oh, that's fantastic!

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And the lawn, that's in really good condition.

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-Yes.

-Do you want a lawn? Because it is quite a small garden.

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I'm not that fussy, actually, about having a lawn.

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-But I think...

-I would like, even a tiny part would be nice.

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-OK.

-We'll see.

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We'll see! Oh, I don't want to cause a domestic here.

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So, maybe lawn, maybe not.

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Are there any bits of the garden that you really don't like?

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The main thing is the fences.

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As you can see, they're all scruffy, they're uneven.

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Anything we could do with the borders would be fantastic.

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While the fences are in need of some attention,

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the greenhouse is a key amenity for David,

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and the couple would prefer to keep it.

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With a green-fingered client, and a healthy £5,000 budget,

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Charlie and the Rich brothers can really go to town.

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So, they head to their drawing boards

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where each of them will come up with a design that will make

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the most of David and Simon's narrow garden.

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The couple will then have to choose a winning design,

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and the loser will help the winner build the garden.

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Their £5,000 will be used to cover the cost of the materials

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while the labour will be supplied by Charlie,

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the Rich brothers and their team of landscapers.

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It's time for the designers to pitch their ideas.

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Oh, my God.

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I'm hoping that my garden design takes you on a journey

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all the way to the bottom of the garden,

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using every tiny bit of space that there is.

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So, gone is the deck area up there, but I have kept a seating area,

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and I've gone with some really lovely bespoke sandstone,

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a circle of it, and it's edged with a very small, simple pool,

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with some moving water in it.

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And then a cedar deck that's just slightly higher up.

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So, this will be quite a big entertaining area.

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And then heavily planted, to make an enclosed space,

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so you don't see the whole garden all at once

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-when you come out of the back door.

-Yep.

-Yeah, yeah, absolutely.

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Charlie has gone straight in with the wow factor of a water feature.

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The Rich brothers are going to have to work hard from the get-go

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to beat that.

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So, here is our design.

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Oh.

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We wanted to give you a garden that had a lot of structure to it,

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that was broken down into rooms,

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and had some really elegant layers of planting.

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-It looks amazing.

-Yeah.

-It looks amazing.

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You've obviously got your deck there which you love and you use.

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-Yeah.

-But it looks a bit worn. So, what we'd like to do is replace it,

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and pull up the whole width of the garden,

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-so you're really utilising that space.

-Yeah, yeah, brilliant.

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And you've got a lovely pocket of planting,

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so that this whole garden is not all revealed at once.

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-Brilliant.

-SIMON:

-Yeah.

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So, it's a simple no-frills approach from Harry and David

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for the seating area at the top.

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But how will the designers entice the couple down

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to the bottom of the garden?

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So, I've got this curving path that runs off of the paving,

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around the middle part of the garden.

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Keeping quite a bit of the lawn.

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Ah, someone will be happy.

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For me, a lawn is a really nice foil for showing off plants.

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But, as you traverse down,

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you'll find that you'll find secret little pockets.

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So, this is one single little seat that's enclosed in planting.

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-Amazing.

-SIMON:

-Wow.

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As you pass through, you go into his open lawn.

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And we've got these slabs, that creates this lovely passage.

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-Wow.

-And that then leads down on to this main path here.

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At the moment, planting beds on the outside.

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So, what we wanted to make sure is we drag this planting bed

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into the garden, so you've really got a journey through it,

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and experience the trees.

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-I see you've got a lovely cherry at the moment.

-Yeah.

-Gorgeous.

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So, we wanted to bring in a few more of those.

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-Wow.

-And within this large planting bed, obviously,

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we'd love to keep as many plants as possible because we know

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-you're very passionate about them.

-Yeah.

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But we'd like to introduce plants that we know would give longevity

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throughout the year.

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Are you planning to do anything with the boundary fences?

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-At the moment, they're a bit tatty.

-We're thinking of painting them,

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maybe, a dark grey fence will really highlight the green foliage

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-of the trees and shrubs.

-Wow.

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The Rich brothers seem to be ticking a lot of

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boxes by using cherry trees to break up the view,

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sorting out the mismatched fence, and reusing David's beloved plants.

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Can Charlie rise to the challenge?

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Now, you've got some lovely plants here,

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but what I feel that is missing is a bit of structure with shrubs.

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-Yep.

-And I want to give you some of that structure,

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and then have all your lovely, glamorous,

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herbaceous plants mixed in.

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And then, because you've got so much fence space,

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which is a great vertical space to use,

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lots of different climbers that might require a bit of work to them.

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So, different clematis, maybe honeysuckles,

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just to cover all of the fence space.

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-SIMON:

-Wow.

-Amazing.

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Charlie is really appealing to David's love of plants.

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But both designs seem to be going down well with the couple.

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Will the all-important plan for the bottom of the garden

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be the deal-breaker?

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As you travel through this space, you come to this back seating area,

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and you're surrounded by shrubs and trees and plants,

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and it gives a completely different atmosphere to the front area.

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The key about this garden is that, if you first turn up here,

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-you don't know that back area is there.

-Yeah.

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It's about intrigue, about finding this little seating space.

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Quite secret, quite romantic, quite soft.

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Yeah. That's the sort of thing we want.

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-And we'd like to introduce a bit of lighting in here as well.

-Oh!

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With all the trees and shrubs, it'll subtly highlight the trunks,

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a little bit of the canopy.

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And when you're sitting down there in the evening,

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it's going to be a really special place.

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-Sounds amazing.

-SIMON:

-Yeah.

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So, the path sweeps on round through this moon gate which is timber,

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with climbers hanging over.

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-Wow.

-Amazing.

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Then, once we go through that,

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we go into a much more natural feel to the garden.

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So, this is a secret little garden

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that's enclosed with a little gateway.

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It's going to be very "Dingly Dell",

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woodlandy, secret garden down at the bottom.

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-That sounds fabulous.

-Yes. That really does.

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Both designers have really pulled out the stops,

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and David and Simon are delighted with both designs.

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But they can only choose one, so, which will it be?

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This is going to be a very difficult decision because...

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Yeah. I love them both.

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Charlie, I don't know about you, but we actually got

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a really positive response from them.

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I kind of think that could be quite a good thing.

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OK, yeah, they were quite vocal with me as well, I have to say.

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-So, Charlie's design.

-It's so different.

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I've never seen anything like that in a garden.

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I can't believe she's incorporated a pond.

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-I mean, that would be absolutely stunning.

-Yeah.

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-Do you have a pond?

-No.

-No.

-Ooh!

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-Have you got a pond?

-I've got a pond.

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For me, water in the garden just adds that final dimension.

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Yeah. I love the way they've got the two seating areas.

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And they also said that they're going to have lighting.

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Ooh, how about lighting?

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-No.

-Ooh.

-We have lighting. That could be the clincher, I reckon.

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For us, lighting adds that final dimension!

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CHARLIE LAUGHS

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I don't know how we're going to decide this.

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I don't know. I really don't.

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Will David and Simon choose Charlie's tiered entertainment space

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with in-built pond, curved path, secret seating area and moon gate?

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Or will they go for the Rich brothers' understated design

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that integrates David's existing plants with sleek new paving,

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cherry trees, outdoor lighting

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and decked seating area at the bottom of the garden?

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It's time to decide.

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-Hello!

-Hi.

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-It's been the most difficult decision ever.

-It really has.

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We've loved both designs for different reasons.

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The design we chose is...

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-..the Rich brothers' design.

-Woo.

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Well done. Cool.

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So, what made you choose this one?

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What we loved about this one is this secret seating area at the back

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with the decking there to match in with this bit,

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and also to have the lighting in there as well, illuminated.

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And there wasn't too much lawn!

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LAUGHTER

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So you lost out!

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It's always the way.

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So, the Rich brothers have emerged triumphant.

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But Charlie isn't off the hook.

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She'll still have to help them build a garden

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that Simon and David can be proud of.

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It's a new day in West Sussex.

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The Rich brothers have sent the landscaping team in early.

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And, under the watchful eye of project manager Bonnie,

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they waste no time in clearing the garden.

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Oh. Get your hand right underneath.

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-Got it?

-Yep.

-OK.

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House-owner David has already dug up and potted his most precious plants

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and the neighbours have given permission

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for the team to use their garden as extra work space.

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But, because the house is in a terrace,

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getting in and out of the garden is a little tricky.

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So, this narrow side alley is the only access into the garden,

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and we've got to get all of that material down here.

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People coming backwards and forwards,

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it's filling me with dread a little bit.

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Before they can bring the new in, it's out with the old,

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as Scott and Scott set about dismantling the worn deck.

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Ed sprays the fences a contemporary grey colour.

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Hand-painting fence panels like this would take all day.

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This method will take a couple of hours.

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So, we've pulled up the old deck,

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and the existing framework is actually really good, so,

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we're going to re-use it, and just add in some new timbers

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to make our deck a bit bigger.

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The plants have started to arrive,

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with the team bringing them all down the narrow alley

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and through into the neighbour's garden. So far, so good.

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But, now, something a little larger is being unloaded.

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Right, ready?

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Cercis can grow up to 12 metres tall,

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and this large specimen will need to be brought in carefully.

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This is getting snapped here, this is getting snapped here.

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I think, take this pole out.

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Right. And just swivel it like this.

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Yeah. You got it.

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Thankfully, a little common sense from Bonnie

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gets it round the corner.

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-Beauty.

-Well done, team.

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With the base frame complete, the new decking can start to go down.

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Harry and David have chosen balau, a hardwood native of Asia.

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At around £40 per square metre, it's not a cheap option,

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but it's extremely durable, and will add a touch of quality to the space.

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At the bottom of the garden,

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the ground is being cleared and levelled,

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ready for Andy to construct the base of the second decked area.

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Work is moving on apace as Harry, David and Charlie arrive.

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Well, Charlie, you're going to be located in the greenhouse.

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Fantastic! And the sun's out, what more could I want?

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So, because our design's got rid of his raised bed area,

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we need you to be really creative in the greenhouse,

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create space so he can grow his veg.

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-OK. And what are you two doing, then?

-What are we doing?

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Watching Charlie in the greenhouse!

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Well, I'll get started, then.

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I'll leave you thinking.

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I don't know, we've got decking, path, plants.

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-Lighting.

-Lighting.

-She's got it easy, hasn't she, really?

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As Charlie makes herself at home in the greenhouse,

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the garden transformation is well underway.

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Ed is more than halfway through the fence painting.

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The two Scotts have nearly finished the upper deck.

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And Andy is now laying the boards on the bottom seating area.

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Now, this is the second decked area in the garden.

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That's what David and Simon really loved.

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It's going to be really intimate and private.

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The way we're constructing this, the same as the top deck.

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We've got this plastic membrane here which suppresses the weeds.

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And then we've got the joists and the noggins,

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they make up the framework which the decking goes on to.

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So, the red balau wood, same as at the top, has got two sides.

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So, from a designer point of view, we love this, it's nice and minimal.

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It looks a little less off-the-shelf than if you choose this side.

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But is there any functional qualities to it?

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Well, I tend to think that the flat side makes it easy to maintain,

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don't get so many bits of dirt off shoes stuck in the grooves.

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Just a little mop over it maybe once, twice a year,

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a little bit of light detergent, and you're good to go.

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Visual and functional, that's a pretty good way.

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Yeah, yeah, absolutely.

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And then, where we're putting this on to the framework,

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we're using a screw as a spacer, so, that gives us about a 5mm gap,

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and using that all the way along means you get a nice parallel gap,

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that's really important.

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We've pre-drilled the holes, because that stops it from splitting.

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And then we're going to screw it in, and that holds it nice and firm.

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-Charlie!

-Yeah?

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-How are you getting on?

-I'm having a great time.

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I've got the best job ever!

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-How's this decking look?

-It's looking really smart, actually.

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That's good, that's all Andy's handiwork.

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The boys have got rid of Simon and David's vegetable patch, so,

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I'm going to give them something back,

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and this is really straightforward and simple.

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The first thing, sprouting seeds.

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And you're going to be eating the actual shoots,

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a bit like a bean sprout.

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So, we're going to be sprouting alfalfa seeds.

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And, on a simple basis, you just need a jam jar,

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the seeds that are pre-soaked overnight.

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Then you can put a little layer at the bottom of the jam jar.

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Then, pop some water in.

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And you're going to do this twice a day.

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Swirl it round.

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And strain it out...

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..so that they're nice and wet.

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Leave a little residue in there.

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And then you just cover that over so no dust gets in there.

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Put it somewhere in the kitchen, not in full sunlight

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and, within six to eight days,

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you're going to have alfalfa sprouts.

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Put them in sandwiches, salads, stir-fries, really lovely flavour,

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very nutty, way better than mustard and cress.

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At the top of the garden, the larger deck is complete.

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And the base layer for the pathway,

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which will link the two seating areas, is going down.

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The lawn has been taken up to make way for the path.

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New turf will be laid later.

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We're just getting the gravelling for the path

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and, as you can see, it creates this zigzag shape

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and that allowed us to create more of a journey through the space

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and also optimises on using plants

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to create a more private area at the back

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as it creates a kind of screen.

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Harry and David plan to surround the path with mature shrubs,

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completely obscuring the view down the long, narrow garden.

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Long, narrow gardens are common in the UK

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but, with a little clever design,

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their thin shape can be used to great effect.

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Liz and William Wells' garden in Berkshire is a similar size

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to David and Simon's,

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and shows how much can be achieved in a narrow plot.

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Dividing the space into different areas

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prevents your gaze from being drawn

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straight to the end of the garden.

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Here, bold purple-painted arbours and decking

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guide you around the garden and link each section.

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Make the most of the different areas created.

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Use partially hidden nooks as peaceful sitting spaces.

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Fences and boundary walls

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can be particularly dominant in narrow gardens,

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but you can use reflective surfaces to make the space feel wider,

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or paint boundaries a light colour.

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Blur borders with tall shrubs and trees, but do be careful

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not to let them grow so big that they block out the light.

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And the far end of a narrow garden can be used to create

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a secluded seating area...

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..which is exactly what David and Simon wanted

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at the bottom of their garden.

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The final decking board is being screwed into place.

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But Charlie just can't help getting involved.

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TAPPING

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-Yep?

-You don't need to stop just because you've finished that.

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I think I can do what I want out here. You're in there!

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Er, you come in here and I'll have a word with you!

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Ha! I think the heat's gone to your head, Charlie!

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-Give you a haircut.

-Ooh! All right, I'm off!

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David's hair may be safe for now but all the plants have arrived,

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and Harry has something else in mind for the chop.

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Ooh, look at those plants! They look epic.

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Do you know, I was actually thinking that, you know,

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the garden's quite small anyway, and these plants are looking incredible.

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-Mm-hm?

-So maybe just get rid of the lawn.

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-Oh, I like that.

-I might go and have a little chat and see if

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-I can persuade them to let us just plant it up.

-I like that.

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Maybe twist the arms of David a little bit.

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I reckon he's susceptible to that idea, isn't he?

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He's the one, isn't he? Right.

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If Harry gets his way,

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the central lawn area will be replaced with a large planting bed,

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creating more space to re-use homeowner David's existing plants

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as well as introducing more new ones.

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Dave? Simon?

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-Grab you for a second?

-Yeah.

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But can Simon be convinced?

0:24:020:24:04

We have managed to get hold of some beautiful plants.

0:24:040:24:07

Me and Dave have had a little bit of a discussion.

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We think maybe by getting rid of the lawn we can create one large bed.

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That sounds fabulous to me.

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-I do know that you love your lawn.

-I do, but...

-And you don't mind?

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And I have to mow the lawn, so just remember that you've never mowed it.

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That's true.

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-Sounds lovely.

-Sounds fabulous. I'm delighted with this.

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I thought you might be.

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Perfect, right, well, stop peeking at the garden, get back in!

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Get back in the shade.

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Result!

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The sun is shining and the temperature is rising,

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which is lovely for those out in the fresh air...

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but not so hot for Charlie in the greenhouse.

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Oh, it's getting warm and steamy in here,

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but I have put some temporary shading up.

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Not beautiful, but it's working well.

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If you've got a greenhouse at home,

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it's definitely worth putting shading on it for the summertime.

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Now, I'm going to be sowing some seed.

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It's a really good way of producing lots of plants

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if you're on a tight budget, and great for vegetables.

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There's lots of different ways to sow seeds.

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I'm just using a little half seed tray here.

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Fill it with compost. And I'm going to sow some lettuce in here.

0:25:100:25:14

So the best thing to do is tip it into your hand,

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and then crease your hand, because you get a natural crease there,

0:25:170:25:22

and then just tap, and you can just drop the seeds out

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and space them out,

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because you don't want to sow them too close together.

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What you need to do next is cover them.

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Now, you need to use compost that you just put over like that.

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And a fine layer.

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But I prefer to use this stuff, vermiculite

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which is often used as insulation in roofs.

0:25:410:25:46

But it's great for seeds because it's very light,

0:25:460:25:50

covers well,

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insulates the seeds so the seed germination is much more reliable,

0:25:520:25:55

and it also holds on to a lot of moisture.

0:25:550:25:58

And, if you don't want to splash out on plastic things,

0:25:580:26:03

then the centres of toilet rolls are really good

0:26:030:26:05

and you don't need to remove them when you come to plant them,

0:26:050:26:08

just make sure they are nice and wet before you put them in the ground.

0:26:080:26:11

Well, I wonder what the boys are doing?

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Well, since you ask, Harry and David have come up with an idea

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to make use of the decking off-cuts.

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Wasn't on the design, but I think it'd be nice to be able to just

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-screen off the ugly bins, wouldn't it?

-Yeah.

0:26:260:26:28

We're very lucky that we have got a few off-cuts from the decking,

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and it's the perfect material to create a simple screen

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so it links in really nicely with the decking already in the garden.

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And it's just a simple way of getting rid of the bins.

0:26:370:26:40

-Out of sight, out of mind.

-Yeah, nice like that.

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And you might think I am out of sight and out of mind...

0:26:420:26:44

-LAUGHTER

-You were!

0:26:440:26:45

Putting me in the hottest bit of the garden, argh!

0:26:450:26:48

-So, yeah, what are you up to here?

-Creating a bit of bin storage.

0:26:480:26:52

-OK.

-Screening them off. What do you think you're doing?

0:26:520:26:54

-Very handy for me, these.

-Looks like were not doing the screen any more.

0:26:540:26:57

-Did you just see what happened there?

-There's some other bits,

0:26:570:27:00

but this is a perfect size for me.

0:27:000:27:02

Luckily, there's plenty of leftover wood to go around.

0:27:080:27:11

So, the brothers crack straight on with their screen.

0:27:110:27:14

So, we've finished the softwood framework

0:27:200:27:22

and then we've just faced it with the hardwood so that

0:27:220:27:25

when we put in these boards on the face, really nice and flush.

0:27:250:27:30

-And, hopefully, they'll be happy with it.

-Hopefully they fit.

-Yeah.

0:27:300:27:33

Perfect.

0:27:370:27:38

Over in the neighbour's garden,

0:27:400:27:42

Charlie's also getting creative with those off-cuts.

0:27:420:27:44

Right, that's that pre-drilled.

0:27:440:27:47

So, I'm making a really simple herb container,

0:27:470:27:51

just using the off-cuts of the timber.

0:27:510:27:53

This one's going to go on top there.

0:27:530:27:55

I've got a block of wood in each corner to screw it to.

0:27:550:27:58

Make sure you leave a gap because, if you bring that right up here,

0:27:580:28:02

it doesn't look so nice, so the soil will actually cover that.

0:28:020:28:05

And then it's a case of screwing it together.

0:28:050:28:08

I need to put a bottom on it,

0:28:080:28:10

but what I was going to do is then put another smaller square

0:28:100:28:14

on the top, but not have a bottom on that.

0:28:140:28:17

So, the soil will go down,

0:28:170:28:19

and it will root right the way down through.

0:28:190:28:21

Thumbs up, good job!

0:28:270:28:29

The top and bottom sections of the garden

0:28:290:28:31

are coming together nicely.

0:28:310:28:33

But the bit in the middle still has a long way to go.

0:28:350:28:38

Scott is laying the stepping stones which lead down from the upper deck.

0:28:380:28:42

The light grey colour will contrast with the warmth of the balau wood

0:28:420:28:46

and give it a different feel to this section of the garden.

0:28:460:28:49

Having finished the bins screen, the Rich brothers are laying

0:28:510:28:54

the other end of the path which will lead to the bottom deck.

0:28:540:28:57

We're using these sawn stone slabs to create the pathway,

0:29:000:29:03

and that's because it gives it a really lovely minimal look.

0:29:030:29:06

It fits in with the more modern style of design.

0:29:060:29:08

And also the slabs have been laid in two different ways.

0:29:080:29:11

At the beginning, we've got more stepping stones,

0:29:110:29:13

so it creates a more natural walkway.

0:29:130:29:15

Whereas, when you move through to this space,

0:29:150:29:17

the slabs have been butted up nice and tightly

0:29:170:29:19

so it's more of a direct route through to the decking.

0:29:190:29:21

Yeah, and I think, if you have the leaf foliage going over,

0:29:210:29:24

that will define that nice and clearly. Yeah.

0:29:240:29:26

As you can see over there, when you have the shadow from the trees,

0:29:260:29:29

-you can really pick it up. It's nice and clear, isn't it?

-Yeah.

-Super.

0:29:290:29:32

-Next one.

-Let's have a look, let's check it.

-Oh, yeah!

0:29:320:29:35

Charlie has sought out some shade to give much-needed protection

0:29:370:29:40

to her next addition to the new vegetable collection.

0:29:400:29:44

If you're really, really restricted for space,

0:29:450:29:47

how about growing veg in a container?

0:29:470:29:50

Everyone thinks it's got to be in a veggie patch. That's not true.

0:29:500:29:53

I'm using a plastic container because vegetables really do like

0:29:530:29:56

lots and lots of moisture and don't like to dry out.

0:29:560:29:59

And, with any containers you're doing,

0:29:590:30:02

add some moisture-retention crystals.

0:30:020:30:05

I like to pre-swill it first because, sometimes,

0:30:050:30:08

if you just sprinkle it in dry, and then water it,

0:30:080:30:11

it grows, and all your compost falls out of the pot.

0:30:110:30:14

I have got four different veg.

0:30:150:30:18

I've got lettuce, we've got peas, we've got beetroot and carrots.

0:30:180:30:23

Now, a lot of people think that carrots

0:30:230:30:26

can't be grown in containers, but they can,

0:30:260:30:29

especially those little round ones.

0:30:290:30:31

OK, so, carrots.

0:30:310:30:33

Then we've got peas. Now, I'm not going to grow these

0:30:340:30:36

as a pea that produces a pod.

0:30:360:30:39

Literally, we're going to use them as a salad vegetable.

0:30:390:30:41

So, you just pinch out the leaves

0:30:410:30:43

and they taste really lovely in a salad.

0:30:430:30:45

And they'll keep growing and growing, creating new shoots,

0:30:450:30:48

which is called cut-and-come-again.

0:30:480:30:50

And it's exactly the same for the beetroot.

0:30:500:30:53

You can pick the leaves, or you can let them fatten up

0:30:530:30:55

so you've got the actual root ball at the bottom.

0:30:550:30:59

There's plenty of other veg and fruit

0:31:010:31:03

that will grow well in containers, such as strawberries, tomatoes,

0:31:030:31:06

peppers and even potatoes if the pot is big enough.

0:31:060:31:09

Just remember to water well,

0:31:090:31:11

make sure there's a hole in the bottom of the pot for drainage,

0:31:110:31:14

and bear in mind most veg like to be positioned in full sunlight.

0:31:140:31:18

And speaking of light...

0:31:180:31:21

Lighting was a really important factor

0:31:210:31:23

for Dave and Simon, the owners.

0:31:230:31:25

What we're going to do is locate these lights throughout the garden,

0:31:250:31:28

picking up specific trees and shrubs,

0:31:280:31:30

but also illuminating the seating areas.

0:31:300:31:33

They run off the mains in the house, but then they use a transformer

0:31:330:31:36

that reduces the voltage from 240 to 12,

0:31:360:31:38

meaning that you don't need an electrician to install them.

0:31:380:31:41

Lighting is a great way to make the most of your garden.

0:31:410:31:45

Not only does it allow you to use the space in the evening,

0:31:450:31:48

but cleverly-placed lights will also highlight feature plants

0:31:480:31:51

and other focal points, with stunning effect.

0:31:510:31:55

And, if you don't want to install electric lighting,

0:31:550:31:57

there's a wide range of solar-powered lights and oil lamps.

0:31:570:32:02

And don't forget the humble candle

0:32:020:32:03

which can bring a space to life as the sun sets.

0:32:030:32:06

David and Simon's garden is now ready for the trees and shrubs

0:32:140:32:17

that will be illuminated, starting with that large cercis.

0:32:170:32:21

-This is stuck.

-I'll hold that bit.

0:32:210:32:23

You go and be a He-Man.

0:32:230:32:26

Come on, then, man. Three, two, one.

0:32:260:32:30

There you go.

0:32:300:32:31

Poor thing, probably sweated off half a stone,

0:32:310:32:33

in this heat and in the clingfilm!

0:32:330:32:36

Ta-da!

0:32:360:32:37

The cercis has vivid pink flowers

0:32:370:32:39

that will tie in with the blossom of the existing cherry tree,

0:32:390:32:44

and its heart-shaped leaves will add a dappled canopy

0:32:440:32:46

perfect for softly screening off the view of the greenhouse.

0:32:460:32:50

There we are, the shape's coming back now, isn't it?

0:32:500:32:53

One in, several more to go, including another cherry tree.

0:32:530:32:57

He is going to go down the bottom,

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and then this guy is going to come in over there, I think.

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The brothers have chosen mature plants to give instant effect.

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Ooh, it does make it very secret down here.

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It's great, I can't see any of you!

0:33:110:33:13

LAUGHTER

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Harry and David are rather particular when it comes

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to placing their plants.

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Those two next to each other look nice, spin them round.

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And, being brothers, they don't always agree.

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The only thing is... Do we have him there? He looked pretty cool.

0:33:240:33:27

Do you know what I think? I think bring him.

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He can go behind there, he can go here.

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-Who's he?

-So, this was... Put him...

-I don't think they look nice.

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I've created a nice little bit of depth.

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Do you want to swap them around, then?

0:33:370:33:39

So, what are you trying to achieve?

0:33:390:33:41

Charlie and Andy have very sensibly left them to it,

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and are working on yet another added extra

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that wasn't on the original design.

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At the moment, David hasn't got a water butt.

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And, rather than use one of those plastic ones,

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which are made of recycled plastic, which is great,

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I'm going for a galvanised tank

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and Andy has just put the guttering in for me.

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So, I have to say, this bit of pipe...

0:34:030:34:06

-Yeah?

-I know it matches the fence...

-Just about to measure it.

0:34:060:34:08

-But look what I found.

-Oh, OK, right!

0:34:080:34:11

That will be much more attractive, won't it?

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-So, we're just going to let the water...

-Run down the chain.

-OK.

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And then there's no reason why I don't put a climbing plant there

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and then it can climb up it.

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Some sweet peas or something like that,

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-because they won't mind when it rains.

-Great.

0:34:250:34:28

-Mind your fingers.

-Ooh!

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There she blows, little beauty.

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And I'm just going to see if my chain lets the water run properly.

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Well, that seems to work all right.

0:34:520:34:54

-What am I doing here?

-Just going to go that way.

-Lift her out?

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With the position of the trees and shrubs finally agreed upon,

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it's time to get them in the ground.

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And Scott has drawn the short straw, starting with the biggest.

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Need about an hour-and-a-half!

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Let us know when you hit oil!

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Scott's not the only one digging.

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It's spades in all round to get those large planting beds filled up.

0:35:160:35:20

This is the Viburnum burkwoodii.

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And what I love about it most is its beautiful open structure.

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There's also these large clusters of white flowers on the end

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which give this amazing scent.

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Buying mature shrubs means you're more likely to encounter

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one particular problem.

0:35:380:35:39

All right, look at this privet here.

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So, it's clearly been in the pot quite a long time.

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Because, as you can see, the roots are pot-bound.

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That means they're going around and they're tight.

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So, what you want to do before you plant it is

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you want to tease them off. Just like that.

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It may look a little harsh, but you're doing it a lot of good.

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And all this means is, once you put it in the hole, these will grow in,

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root into all the soft soil, so it will make it grow nice and fast.

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So, privet is most commonly used for hedging

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and that's because it can be clipped and shaped quite easily.

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But, left to grow naturally and shaggy, it's a gorgeous shrub.

0:36:140:36:18

And it has loads of interest.

0:36:180:36:19

So, it is semi-evergreen, so, in a sheltered condition,

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it will hold most of its leaves.

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That makes it great for wildlife and especially nesting birds.

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It produces berries and flowers, so it's a must-have in your garden.

0:36:270:36:32

Scott has dug the hole for the cercis.

0:36:360:36:38

One, two, three.

0:36:380:36:40

-Yep.

-Nice.

0:36:400:36:43

And, with all the shrubs and trees in,

0:36:430:36:46

Harry has moved on to placing the perennials.

0:36:460:36:48

Meticulously, of course.

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This is Thalictrum Black Stockings

0:36:550:36:57

and, at the moment, it's got really tight clusters,

0:36:570:36:59

and when the flowers come out, it's going to give this haze

0:36:590:37:01

of pink and purple that draws your eye straight down the garden.

0:37:010:37:05

Meanwhile, near the back door,

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Charlie is planting up her herb container.

0:37:100:37:13

I'm actually going to plant a mint in it,

0:37:130:37:16

but I'm going to leave the mint in its pot because,

0:37:160:37:18

if you put mint in a planter like this,

0:37:180:37:20

it will just take over the whole thing.

0:37:200:37:23

So, the mint's going to go there,

0:37:230:37:26

and then I've got a rosemary, and the lovely thing about rosemary is

0:37:260:37:29

you can train it, so we can clip it back

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so it will make a nice fan shape across this wall.

0:37:310:37:34

And then I've got a lavender.

0:37:340:37:36

Now, you might think, oh, lavender's not a herb,

0:37:360:37:38

but the great thing about lavender is

0:37:380:37:41

it actually stops flies from coming into the kitchen. Scent's lovely.

0:37:410:37:44

And then we've got some parsley, here and here.

0:37:440:37:48

And then I'm just going to work the vegetables in around here.

0:37:480:37:52

So, we're now starting to place the plants in between the paving.

0:37:560:38:00

We've got four different species, and they are all low-growing,

0:38:000:38:03

so we've got a brunnera, and we've got the epimedium.

0:38:030:38:06

So, they tolerate more shade.

0:38:060:38:07

They produce gorgeous little flowers like that there.

0:38:070:38:10

And then, as we go in towards the sunnier boundary,

0:38:100:38:12

what we've got is we've got alyssum,

0:38:120:38:14

a nice little yellow flower, nice and vibrant.

0:38:140:38:16

And dwarf alchemilla.

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These guys are all going to spread out, they'll cover all the edges

0:38:180:38:21

and they'll just give a little woodland carpet

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wrapping around the paving.

0:38:230:38:24

It's the final push.

0:38:300:38:32

The plants that homeowner David

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has saved are re-homed alongside the new additions.

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And, as the deck is cleaned and the lights are turned on,

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the garden is complete.

0:38:440:38:46

Before David and Simon called Charlie and the Rich brothers,

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they felt their long, narrow garden was stuck in the '70s.

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But now, after its £5,000 overhaul, it's been brought right up-to-date.

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The couple now have two seating areas,

0:39:100:39:12

the extended patio at the top of the garden

0:39:120:39:15

and a new secluded seating area at the bottom.

0:39:150:39:18

The balau decking boards add a real touch of luxury and cost £1,675.

0:39:180:39:25

The sleek, contemporary pathways link the two, and came in at £475.

0:39:260:39:32

The last-minute addition of the water trough was £130

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and will be a useful addition to the garden.

0:39:390:39:41

Many of David's existing plants were saved and re-used,

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but the Rich brothers still managed to pack in over £1,600 worth

0:39:460:39:50

of new trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants,

0:39:500:39:54

including the £210 cercis and two large viburnums at £60 each.

0:39:540:40:00

The planting is beautifully presented by

0:40:010:40:04

the revitalised grey fence which cost £500 to paint.

0:40:040:40:08

Five spike lights transform the space after dark, and cost £200.

0:40:110:40:16

David and Simon wanted to bring their garden into the 21st-century.

0:40:230:40:28

It's time to see if the Rich brothers have delivered the garden

0:40:280:40:30

they were hoping for.

0:40:300:40:32

Right, well, we've had a really, really good day.

0:40:340:40:37

The team have worked really hard, and we're very pleased.

0:40:370:40:40

So, we'd like you to open your eyes in

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three, two, one.

0:40:430:40:46

Oh, my God! Ha!

0:40:470:40:49

Oh, it's amazing!

0:40:490:40:51

It's absolutely amazing!

0:40:510:40:54

I can't believe this is our garden!

0:40:540:40:58

The fences, the plants, the path!

0:40:580:41:01

-And the lights!

-Yeah!

-It is absolutely stunning. Oh, my God!

0:41:010:41:05

David's like a kid at a toy store.

0:41:050:41:08

He doesn't know where to go first!

0:41:080:41:11

And I am so glad that's not a lawn.

0:41:110:41:14

-LAUGHTER

-Good decision?

0:41:140:41:15

Definitely. I mean, I'm sold on that. Amazing.

0:41:150:41:18

Awesome. Well, would you guys like to move forward

0:41:180:41:21

-and experience the garden?

-Yes, we would!

0:41:210:41:23

OK, and what do you think of the planting?

0:41:230:41:26

I absolutely love the planting.

0:41:260:41:28

I love the colour scheme.

0:41:280:41:30

-SIMON:

-All the purples, especially, and the pink on that.

0:41:300:41:33

It is just absolutely gorgeous.

0:41:330:41:35

I'm blown away. I love it.

0:41:350:41:38

It's better than I could ever, ever have imagined.

0:41:380:41:41

So great to do a garden for someone that's passionate about plants

0:41:410:41:44

and doesn't mind putting the work in.

0:41:440:41:47

David is going to spend hours out here.

0:41:470:41:50

And our special decking area's on the bottom, which is really secret!

0:41:510:41:55

-ALL:

-Yes!

0:41:550:41:56

-SIMON:

-Exactly what we wanted.

0:41:560:41:58

-It does feel quite private. You can't even see the house.

-Yeah.

0:41:580:42:01

And you definitely can't see the bins.

0:42:010:42:03

-The bins have gone completely!

-LAUGHTER

0:42:030:42:06

-HARRY:

-Charlie's got a little herb garden at the back as well, so...

0:42:060:42:09

And outside the kitchen door for the herbs is perfect.

0:42:090:42:12

Comes out, it starts straightaway.

0:42:120:42:13

And Charlie's been really busy in the greenhouse as well.

0:42:130:42:16

She's been potting up lots of edibles.

0:42:160:42:17

I think we're going to leave you guys

0:42:170:42:19

-to kind of find out what's in there.

-I can't wait!

-Wow.

0:42:190:42:21

-DAVID:

-So, we've got some of your hellebores throughout the garden.

0:42:210:42:24

-Some of your astrantias.

-Fantastic.

0:42:240:42:27

-They've got some new friends now, haven't they?

-Yeah, definitely.

0:42:270:42:30

-So, thumbs up, definitely worth the money?

-Massive thumbs up.

0:42:300:42:33

-Worth every penny.

-Nice. Awesome.

-Amazing.

0:42:330:42:36

But now the dust has settled,

0:42:390:42:41

how did David and Simon really feel about their new garden?

0:42:410:42:45

I can't believe this is our garden.

0:42:470:42:48

-It's... Look at it!

-I know, every part of it is stunning, every part.

0:42:480:42:53

I just don't think I'm going to go in the house ever again.

0:42:570:43:00

-Why would you when you could sit out here?

-No.

0:43:000:43:02

We're sat here. Could be sat down there.

0:43:020:43:04

-Just the whole thing. Perfect.

-To us.

0:43:040:43:07

Charlie Dimmock and the Rich brothers tackle a narrow garden in West Sussex. Owners David and Simon would like to modernise their space, but whose design will come out on top?


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