Northwood Garden Rescue


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Garden renovation series. Charlie Dimmock and the Rich brothers are challenged to come up with a Mughal-inspired design for a small courtyard garden in Harrow.


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With her can-do attitude, love of simple gardens

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and decades of experience...

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DING

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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 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!

-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 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.

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

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The winner...

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-ALL:

-Charlie!

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-Yeah, awesome!

-..brings their design to life...

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Hold on, hold on.

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-Sweet as a nut.

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

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Keep working, keep working, boys.

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Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa. Easy.

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This is what happens...

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Just get on with it! Sometime 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?

-..to turn garden dreams into reality.

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Wow. Aw!

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-Oh, my goodness.

-Wow!

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-Look at that.

-Oh, my God.

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-Wow.

-Wow.

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It's time to find out whose garden Charlie and the Rich brothers are

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competing over today.

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Young couple, Darshna and Noyon.

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Nice, colourful outfit, isn't it?

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Yeah, they look really sweet, don't they?

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I'm afraid to say the garden doesn't look quite so sweet.

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-No, it looks wild, doesn't it?

-Wild? It looks a mess.

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Accountant Darshna and Noyon, a project manager,

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upgraded from a flat to their house in Harrow just under two years ago.

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They desperately wanted some outdoor space,

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but their back yard is far from appealing.

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Our garden is currently not used at all.

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We've kind of spent a lot of time doing the inside of the house,

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so it's been a bit neglected.

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It's a bit of a... I don't want to say embarrassment,

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but those of our friends who have seen it always comment

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that it's so small.

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It's a very, very small courtyard garden, which could be great.

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Looks like it's a bit of a dumping site at the moment, isn't it?

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Yeah, but look at all that concrete.

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SHE SIGHS

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Apart from an unruly climber, a few weeds and a big pile of rubbish,

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Darshna and Noyon's six-by-ten-metre outdoor space

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is blank and featureless.

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I think it's that thought of not even knowing where to start with it,

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because we're not gardeners, and we haven't ventured to try and make any

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kind of attempt to do some gardening.

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But the couple have grand designs for their miniature plot.

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Four years ago, during a trip to India,

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they fell in love with the gardens they visited there.

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I'm interested in the sort of classical Indian Mughal architecture

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with repetitive patterns, symmetry, so that is

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sort of my dream garden.

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The Mughal, or Mogul, Empire originated in the 16th century,

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and extended over large parts of the Indian subcontinent.

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Mughal gardens are known for their geometric layouts,

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stunning water features and intricate details.

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Bringing this to Harrow will be a challenge for the designers,

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and that's not all - Noyon has another passion that he is keen to

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see reflected in the garden.

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I really love tiles.

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I mean, I've tried to incorporate as much tiling as I'm allowed within

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this house without being too overbearing.

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I know the garden's small,

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but if that could be incorporated that would be amazing.

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What is the cash?

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The cash, £2,500.

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-OK.

-I mean, it's a tiny space, so it's not that bad, is it?

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It is a tiny space.

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But I feel like there's a lot of work, isn't there?

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-And not a plant really in sight that's meant to be there.

-Yeah.

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Charlie and the Rich brothers love a challenge.

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So they head to Harrow to see the garden for themselves.

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With each of them hoping to win the contract,

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they'll be on the lookout for anything that gives them an edge.

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-Wow.

-Well, it's definitely not Capability Brown, is it?

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It's more like Inky Dinky.

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Inky Dinky!

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-It is a cool space, though, isn't it?

-Yeah.

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-I love it.

-I could get really excited about this, you know?

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I can see why they're, like, "It's tiny, it's small, argh!"

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I actually don't think it's that small.

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Maybe it's the illusion that it's small. It's got high walls.

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But, actually, careful design,

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I think this space could feel a lot bigger.

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Yeah, well, maybe getting rid of that to start with.

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-Yeah, definitely.

-After seeing the garden first-hand,

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David and Harry are optimistic and head inside for a poke around.

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-It's a lovely space.

-It's gorgeous, isn't it?

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I think blue is definitely the running theme, isn't it?

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And blue tiles, as well.

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Picking up on the colours, it unifies the room together,

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it just adds that bit of quality, I think, doesn't it?

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And also I saw the mirror, as well.

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I think, for me, that looks like Mogul.

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-It does.

-If anything does. I think we should definitely look to try

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-and incorporate that kind of shape into the garden.

-Mm.

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The brothers are excited and continue their investigation around the house

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whilst outside, Charlie meets Noyon and Darshna

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to find out what they need from their garden.

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-The space is quite small.

-Yeah.

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What are you expecting from the garden?

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A very low-maintenance garden from us, I think.

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-Right.

-Mm-hm.

-Anything that takes the focus away from the size.

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I think we're quite keen on having an area to sit out, maybe, like,

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decked and looks quite pretty.

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-A very inviting area.

-Yeah.

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Oh, wow! Look at that. It's fit for a king, that shower.

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Again, I think tiles is definitely the thing.

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I know it's not odd to see tiles in a bathroom, but white again,

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-but then with just one wall, which has a bit of...

-BOTH:

-..detail.

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I couldn't have said it better myself.

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Now, tell me, explain to me about what's going on with this dog's leg

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-in the fence.

-The previous owner of the house used to drive his car in,

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-and park it here.

-Oh, so it's a parking space.

-Yeah.

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-Yes.

-We are sorting that out. That's going to be straightened out,

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so we'll have a bit more space for you to work with.

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-A slightly bigger garden.

-Yeah.

-A bigger garden.

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THEY LAUGH

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Charlie and the Rich brothers have their work cut out for them.

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They have to make the space feel bigger, keep it low-maintenance,

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give it a Mughal feel and incorporate tiling,

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and all for £2,500.

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This is going to be tough.

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It's time for the designers to get to work.

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Charlie and the Rich brothers will compete against each other to come

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up with a design that will work with Darshna and Noyon's budget.

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The couple will then have to choose a design, and whoever loses will

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have to help the winner build the garden.

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The £2,500 budget will be used to cover the cost of the materials for

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their new garden, 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 big pitch.

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Charlie knows that the couple want a low-maintenance garden that appears

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bigger than it actually is.

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Oh!

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-Wow.

-While David and Harry have seen Noyon's love of tiles at first hand.

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-Hi.

-In this little garden, whose big ideas will come out on top?

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So, this is our design.

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-Wow.

-It's time for the big pitch.

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So, we know that there are definitely a couple of things you

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guys really wanted in this garden.

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One of them was to make it feel a lot larger than it already is.

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And the second one was to really stress and be inspired from that

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Mogul style of courtyard, and I feel like we've done it.

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Although it looks simple, it's all in the detail.

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-We know your passion for tiles.

-Yeah.

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We wanted to create this lovely, seamless floorscape by using two

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different tiles. One, the lighter one, is going to make the space feel

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quite airy. And the other one is going to have that lovely pattern

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-that runs around the simpler tile.

-And it'll be a lovely, pretty blue.

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-Something that will match the blue in your living room.

-Oh, wow.

-OK.

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The Rich brothers want to tile the floor all the way from the back door

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to the rear wall, leaving essential open space for relaxing in.

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Charlie, however, has taken a different approach.

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To make as much usable space as possible,

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this is a long, narrow patio,

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with very sleek, white slabs.

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So it would be an area you could have a dining-room table outside.

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And then this is a simple decking that's smooth and a wooden bench for

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when you don't want to get all your garden furniture out.

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And then a fire bowl.

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And I've left areas in the garden for tiling,

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but what I don't want to do is put my influence of what I would choose

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tile wise, and I think you would really enjoy putting your mark on

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-the garden.

-Really good.

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Not including any tiles in her design is a gamble for Charlie,

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but she has cleverly included two sitting areas,

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offering both a patio and the decking area that Darshna requested.

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But what do the designers have planned for the back wall?

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So, we have three archways, painted archways on the back wall,

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so it gives that concept, that idea that, actually,

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there's something further beyond that.

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That will stretch the imagination into a larger garden, you know,

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-of your dreams.

-Yeah.

-Yeah.

-Then softened by climbers,

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so you're going to get lovely blossom,

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maybe something like trachelopsermum,

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which just has a lovely scent.

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And it's really going to encapsulate this whole space.

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I want to highlight your wall.

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I want to paint it over in a white colour,

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which will lighten the garden even more and make it look more open.

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And then we'll have planting along there,

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but they're going to be quite dramatic plants.

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Something like Arundo donax, you know, that looks like sugar cane.

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Canna lilies that have got big, strapping, broad leaves.

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And then I have what's called a silk tree.

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And it gets pink, pom-pom-y red flowers all the way over the top.

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-It looks amazing.

-Sounds good.

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So, it's a bold and vibrant

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yet low-maintenance planting scheme from Charlie.

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How will the brothers respond?

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With the planting, we wanted to keep it very luscious, very green,

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a lot of foliage. One of the key things are the banana trees.

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And their leaves are huge, and it's really going to draw your eye up,

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-and make the garden feel larger than it is.

-Wow.

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Plenty of other things, as well, so there'll be, like, a fatsia,

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which has got a large, palmate leaf.

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Euphorbia, which is, again, a lovely, evergreen leaf.

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Things that will hold their lusciousness

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-and their form throughout the year.

-Yeah.

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Two very different designs, then,

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but Darshna and Noyon seem to like them both.

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How will the Mughal touches swing their decision?

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As for the Mogul theme...

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that's this section here.

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And we have planting around here, which will be evergreen.

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-Right.

-We then have an inner raised square, with planting,

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and each section.

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We then come up another layer with a tall flowerpot with a feature plant

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-in it.

-Wow, sounds good.

-Sounds amazing.

-Yeah.

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Within these Mogul style of courtyards water is really

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important, so we've introduced a little fountain -

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that you can see here.

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Quite symmetrical within the centre of this part of the garden.

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And that will act as a lovely focal point and I think really emphasise

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that relaxing feeling. You have the sound of water.

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It's refreshing, especially in summer.

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I think it'll just be a really gorgeous place to be.

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-It looks amazing.

-Brilliant.

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Both designs have gone all out to give Darshna and Noyon

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the Mughal-themed garden they've been dreaming about.

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And each one also maximises their small space.

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Oh...

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I don't know.

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But they can only pick one.

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So, whose garden will they choose?

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I really like the way Charlie has got the two elements in here with

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the raised decking and this clean piece here.

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-Oh, bit of decking?

-A lot of decking.

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-A lot of it?

-With a fire bowl.

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Huh?

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We do fire bowls normally.

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-You're just surprised that I came up with it?

-This isn't surprise,

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-this is the face of a worried man.

-No, not at all. Yeah.

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This is such a clean design.

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The tiling just looks really sort of nice and neat.

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-Yeah.

-See, I decided that I would let Noyon

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put his own mark on the garden.

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It's called the easy way out, that is, Charlie.

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I think that's using your noggin.

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It's just very confusing.

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Yeah, it's definitely a difficult decision.

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So, will it be Charlie's decking area with in-built storage

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and raised bedding, vibrant, colourful planting and fire bowl?

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Or the Rich brothers' tiled courtyard garden

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with arches to create the illusion of space, banana trees

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and custom-built water feature?

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-Hello.

-Hi.

-Hi.

-It's time to decide.

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-We've made a decision.

-We've made our decision.

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And it is...

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THEY CHEER

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-Awesome!

-Well done, well done.

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-Sorry, Charlie.

-It's all right.

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What made you decide on this?

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I think it looks like a different world.

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With the back wall, as well, with that detail there,

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it's like you're escaping into some exotic, faraway land.

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-Very exciting.

-Yeah.

-I'm not painting the arches.

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You are! That steady hand.

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You've got that artistic touch, Charlie.

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So, the Rich brothers take this one, but they're going to need Charlie's

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help to transform this tiny plot into an exotic paradise.

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It's early morning in Harrow.

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The Rich brothers are off sourcing their exotic plants,

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so landscapers Scott, Andy, other Scott

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and project manager Bonnie are here to clear the garden.

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Darshna and Noyon have had their fence line straightened out to

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create more space and they've got new gates.

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Harry and David weren't expecting this when they designed the garden.

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On here, on the plan, we've got a border running down the side,

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and the gates open inwards.

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Which means these gates open into the flower bed.

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-So we'll have to end it here, maybe?

-Yeah, yeah.

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As Andy demolishes the old wall,

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Scott and Bonnie start marking out where all those tiles will go.

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The brothers' design involves two types of tile, creating clean,

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straight lines with intricate edging detail.

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These will need to be placed exactly right.

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65 centimetres wide, it is, so 65 out to here.

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The existing concrete surface might be an eyesore,

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but it does provide an ideal base for laying the tiles.

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Right, so that's our centrepiece.

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-Yeah.

-And that's going to come over 20?

-Yeah.

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Around the edges, however, where the flowerbeds are going,

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that concrete has to go.

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Once all the concrete is out, Bonnie and Andy begin to construct what

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will eventually be the water feature.

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Whilst Scott starts laying those all-important tiles.

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These blue edging tiles will create the repeating pattern that Noyon

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is so keen on, and help give it that Mughal feel.

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The plain tiles that will fill the rest of the space are being laid at

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a 45-degree angle,

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which is a great way to fool the eye into believing the area is bigger.

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-How's it going, Scott?

-Brilliant.

-Yeah?

-Really good.

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Yeah, they're flying down, so it's really nice.

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-It's looking good.

-Yeah, it's looking nice.

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-I'm really pleased, actually.

-The contrast works really well.

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It's going to look amazing when it's finished, yeah.

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-Probably a bit fiddly laying the two together, but...

-It is, yeah,

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-but it's going to be worth it in the end.

-Worth the effort, yeah. Lovely.

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I'm using rapid set cement, as well, so I've got to get it done

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-pretty quick.

-Quick, quick, quick. Why do you think I bought rapid set?

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-To keep you moving.

-Keep us moving, yeah. Thanks for that.

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Work is really moving on apace as David, Harry

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and Charlie arrive on site.

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-Oh.

-That's good, they've got the gates in.

-I know.

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Isn't that nice? Now we can finally see where they are.

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I feel like the design may have to amend a little bit, though.

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-Yeah, and it is a tiny little space.

-But, you know, that means there's

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not going to be a lot of work to be done,

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but what is done has to be of quality.

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-Top notch.

-Yeah, I think Darshna would have been quite happy just for

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-it to be tidy.

-Yes.

-Whereas Noyon is going to be... He's very particular.

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-He is.

-Which will make the garden look amazing.

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-Yes.

-So, there's no pressure there, boys.

-All in the detail.

-Yeah.

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-So, am I just making tea all day?

-Absolutely not.

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You're sorting out the water feature.

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OK. All right, then.

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No more questions. And then a bit of planting with us afterwards.

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And then we're going to do...

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-Arches.

-Arches.

-And a little bit of tiling, maybe,

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-and we have a little idea with a table.

-Ooh, yeah.

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-OK.

-We won't tell you yet, Charlie, we'll leave it as a surprise.

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So, the biggest problem's going to be keeping out of each other's way

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-in such a small space.

-Yeah, probably.

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-Well, we'd just better get on, then, eh?

-Yeah.

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The designers are eager to get cracking,

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and while the Rich brothers have kept the Mughal theme,

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they are using Darshna and Noyon's courtyard space wisely.

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Award-winning garden designer Jack Dunkley has some top tips if you,

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too, have a courtyard garden.

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A courtyard garden is enclosed on two sides of the boundary,

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or in the middle of the house, with the house running all the way around

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it, and kind of access into the courtyard as a central space.

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The boundaries of a courtyard garden can often be quite high,

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thus blocking out the light.

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If this is the case in your garden,

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be sure to include shade-loving plants.

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However, due to their enclosed nature,

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courtyard gardens can have their own microclimate.

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Courtyards generally are quite good for frost,

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so they can be quite enclosed and sheltered.

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So, if you've got anything a little bit tender then a courtyard would be

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a good place to put it.

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But be careful if your courtyard garden is a sun trap.

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A courtyard can get very, very hot in the summer.

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Not watering plants enough can be a real problem.

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Or if you go for the wrong types of plant that need a lot of moisture,

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then they can get absolutely baked.

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To make any small garden appear bigger

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there's a couple of things you can do.

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If you've got a small garden and you want to make it appear bigger,

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then the best thing to do is to tackle the boundaries.

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If you've got a brown, enclosing fence, it's really kind of dark,

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and it'll be nice to lighten it up, put some planting on it,

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maybe give it a touch of paint, and then look at linear lines,

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and at the longest point of your garden put a focal point in.

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Cos that will draw your eye to the longest part.

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In Darshna and Noyon's small garden, project manager Bonnie

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is laying the topsoil for the planting beds.

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And Charlie has a suggestion for the brothers' water feature.

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We could make that into a bit of a planter there, maybe.

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I think it would be quite nice, just soften it.

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Something to... Now...

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explain to me what you want.

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-I've now got the water.

-Yeah.

-I've got the walls.

-Yes.

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-Going to paint this?

-Yes. All of it.

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The whole thing, right. And where do you want the waterspout?

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Well, ideally, it was just going to come out of the middle.

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-Right.

-Just as a simple little feature.

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My only thing with that is the noise can be slightly irritating,

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-if you know what I mean.

-Make you go to the toilet.

-Not to be indelicate.

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-So, maybe if we can break the fall of the water?

-Yeah.

-I'm thinking,

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-you know your garden's all about foliage and jungle...

-Yeah.

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-..that we maybe do some leaves?

-Yeah.

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-Because I found this bit of old lead in the skip.

-That's a good find.

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Could be really interesting, couldn't it? And it would age

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-quite nicely.

-And then it could drip down the leaves and drop in.

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Yeah, yeah. Perfect, I'll leave it with you, Charlie.

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Right, I've just got to smooth this off now.

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Landscaper Scott is laying the patterned tiles,

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but will they fit under the new garden gate?

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Just open it out and see if it goes over those tiles.

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-Oh!

-Oh, look at that.

-Dream.

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-Perfectly planned, that was, made-to-measure.

-Lovely.

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On the other side of the gate,

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David and Harry are marking out the arches for the back wall.

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Originally we did want to paint it straight onto the wall,

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but the wall's in a bit of a bad condition,

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some of the mortar's falling out, so we're using marine ply.

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That's going to give a lovely, clean, crisp archway.

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Marine ply is perfect for it, rather than normal ply -

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it's much more suited to the outdoor conditions.

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You might not be able to see it yet,

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but actually you've got the base of the archway here.

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We're just drawing the vertical sides of it.

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And at the top here is that ornamental archway style.

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What I've got here is actually a template.

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We were first inspired by the inside of their house.

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They had this beautiful mirror with a beautiful shape,

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and we wanted to replicate that with the top of the arches.

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So I've used cardboard.

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And by folding it in half, and drawing out the shape,

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when you reveal it, it's very symmetrical.

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And that's going to give all three arches the same identity.

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Marine ply is extremely durable

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and will withstand prolonged exposure to water,

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making it a great material to use in the garden.

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-Right, shall we stand it up?

-Yes.

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It's going to look cool, isn't it?

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-Yes.

-Perfect.

-Nice.

-Crack on!

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One arch down, two to go.

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A Mogul garden in Harrow might seem surprising,

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but it's not the only one in the country.

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Bradford's Lister Park has all the usual Victorian features

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you'd expect in a conventional British park.

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But, in April 2001,

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its very own Mogul-inspired garden opened to the public.

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Ian Woods, principal manager of parks and green spaces,

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was involved in its creation.

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The garden is widely accepted in the country as quite unique

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in its element and design.

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We're very, very proud of that aspect.

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The garden itself is 130 metres long, 30 metres wide,

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and it's divided up by the watercourses, the rills,

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and the footpaths, breaking it down into little sub-gardens,

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culminating in the pond at the end with the larger fountain there.

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At the end of the watercourses here we have traditional Mogul designed

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arches with the two cascades at either side,

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which is that final backdrop to the garden.

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The garden in Lister Park follows the Mogul principles of symmetry

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and repetitive linear lines,

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used to divide the space into smaller sections.

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It's a simple, clean design.

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It's quite elegant and formal at the same time.

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And it's not fussy.

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You can come into this garden and just feel at one

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with the garden, effectively - it's such a tranquil space.

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People can interact with the water,

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they can walk across the watercourses,

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they can sit at the side of it on the grass.

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Mogul gardens evolved from what are known as Paradise Gardens,

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and are a fusion of Hindu and Islamic architectural styles.

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Part of the design was a garden which expressed Bradford's cultural

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heritage, but something that would lend sympathetically with the park,

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its natural surroundings, and the Grade II listed house as a backdrop.

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Local craftsmen were involved, local stone was sourced,

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so it's an English-cum-Bradford theme

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on what was initially a Mogul garden design.

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The local community in Bradford think it's a fantastic space.

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It's just so different, yet so in line with what we have in Yorkshire.

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Creating a Mogul-style garden needn't be difficult.

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To replicate this design in a garden at home would be quite easy to do.

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It's all about creating simple watercourses.

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They don't have to be wide, they can be very narrow.

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As long as you get that soothing flow of water,

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or a fountain at one end of the garden, or something like that,

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it can be replicated on such a small scale.

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Back in Harrow, Charlie is brushing down the water feature

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before she brightens it up with a lick of paint.

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The great thing about white is it's going to really reflect the light

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in the garden and make it really zing and seem bright.

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Which will really show off the light greens of the banana plants

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and the fatsias.

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And with the movement of the water you'll get those dancing sparkles

0:25:330:25:37

of light on the leaves - should look glorious.

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But painting anything properly can be a finickity task

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that can test the patience of even the most experienced DIYer.

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-Charlie?

-Have I been demoted? My painting job being taken away?

0:25:510:25:55

We're going to start painting this wall.

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Would have been nice if you didn't give me a two-inch brush to paint the water feature with!

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-Getting tired of it, are you?

-Getting a bit bored.

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Well, that's why we're here!

0:26:040:26:05

After five minutes of painting you'll be bored, as well.

0:26:050:26:08

Oh, shabby chic.

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Yes, see, that looks great.

0:26:110:26:13

Yeah, love that.

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Gives that tile effect, doesn't it?

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Even though it's brickwork.

0:26:160:26:18

Yeah, it does, it makes it more pronounced.

0:26:180:26:20

Just as Charlie predicted,

0:26:250:26:27

within minutes the brothers are looking for a distraction.

0:26:270:26:29

You could sing a song for us, Charlie?

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Sing a song of sixpence, a pocket full of rye?

0:26:320:26:35

That's actually my favourite!

0:26:350:26:37

Hmm, bet you don't even know what a sixpence is!

0:26:370:26:40

Yeah, it's a money thing, isn't it?

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Yeah. They were worth 2.5p,

0:26:420:26:45

you probably can't even remember what a halfpenny is!

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Shilling?

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-Penny farthing?

-That's a bike, you lemon!

0:26:510:26:54

I think I should stick to painting.

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Yeah, I would, and my mouth shut.

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That's what I was doing.

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-Oldest and wisest.

-Yeah.

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Resigned to their fate, David and Harry persevere with their job,

0:27:050:27:08

while Charlie's finishing painting the water feature.

0:27:080:27:11

The tiling is still under way, and landscaper Andy

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lays in the raised edging to retain the planting beds,

0:27:250:27:27

which will soon feature the tropical greenery.

0:27:270:27:30

While round the back of the house, Harry is working on an extra feature

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that wasn't in their original design.

0:27:350:27:38

A garden's not complete without somewhere to sit and enjoy it,

0:27:380:27:42

so we wanted to create this bespoke table to go in the garden.

0:27:420:27:45

That gave us the opportunity to really tie into that Mogul theme.

0:27:450:27:48

We picked up some reclaimed legs, but didn't have the table top.

0:27:480:27:51

So we've created it with marine ply.

0:27:510:27:53

And we've used batons on the outside,

0:27:530:27:56

and that allows us to put the tiles on the top nice and flush.

0:27:560:27:59

So it's really going to create a lovely finish.

0:27:590:28:02

The brothers have decided to keep the table as a surprise

0:28:020:28:05

for Darshna and Noyon.

0:28:050:28:07

But David wants to run their tile choice past the couple.

0:28:070:28:11

-Hi.

-Hello, how are you?

0:28:110:28:12

-Good, thank you.

-Fine, thank you.

0:28:120:28:14

I've got an idea for something special

0:28:140:28:16

-that wasn't on the design.

-OK...

0:28:160:28:17

You'll have to trust us, but I think it's going to be really cool.

0:28:170:28:20

And it does involve these tiles.

0:28:200:28:22

I'm sold.

0:28:220:28:24

Done. Go back in, I'm off!

0:28:240:28:27

Anything involving tiles, he's sold.

0:28:270:28:29

-Easy. Quite nice, aren't they?

-Yes, really nice, I like the colours.

0:28:290:28:32

There's a lot of varieties - a whole box of them, all different.

0:28:320:28:35

-Am I allowed to look into your box?

-No, just these ones.

-OK.

0:28:350:28:38

-I trust you.

-Nice, perfect, OK. Glad you like them,

0:28:380:28:42

but I'm going to have to ask you to leave now,

0:28:420:28:44

because this is where you disappear for the rest of the day

0:28:440:28:47

and then you come back to the surprise of your garden.

0:28:470:28:49

-Can't wait.

-OK.

0:28:490:28:50

-Awesome.

-Thank you very much.

-See you in a bit, goodbye.

0:28:500:28:53

With the tiles getting the thumbs up Harry can start sticking them on.

0:28:550:28:59

The table top has been specifically made to fit the tiles,

0:29:010:29:04

so there's no need to cut them, which will give a neater finish.

0:29:040:29:07

Right, last one to go in.

0:29:110:29:13

Perfect.

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Inside the garden,

0:29:180:29:19

Charlie is moving on to the next stage of the water feature.

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The thing about water features and pumps is you have to have electric.

0:29:230:29:27

Now, if you get an electrician in it makes it expensive,

0:29:270:29:30

there's a lot more preparation,

0:29:300:29:32

but what we're doing is using a solar-powered pump.

0:29:320:29:35

I have to say, they have come on leaps and bounds

0:29:350:29:38

in the last few years.

0:29:380:29:40

So you've actually got a battery pack

0:29:400:29:43

that charges up from the solar panel.

0:29:430:29:46

And the great thing about this is, say it hasn't been really sunny

0:29:460:29:50

and you're going to have people round,

0:29:500:29:52

and you want the pump to be working well, you can take the battery,

0:29:520:29:56

plug it inside for a couple of hours, and it fully charges up.

0:29:560:29:59

Now what I need to do is test the pump.

0:29:590:30:03

Now, this is the cool bit.

0:30:030:30:05

It's a little remote control.

0:30:050:30:06

But sorting out the plumbing seems to have sent Charlie round the bend.

0:30:100:30:14

Calling Harry and David!

0:30:150:30:18

Are you working out there, or just drinking tea?

0:30:180:30:21

I bet I know the answer.

0:30:210:30:22

-I can see him.

-Can you see my eye or my head?

0:30:230:30:26

I can see your head and your eye.

0:30:260:30:28

Do you like my little gadget?

0:30:280:30:30

What is it, an old phone?

0:30:300:30:32

It's the pump remote control.

0:30:320:30:35

-Is it?

-It's got four settings on it!

0:30:350:30:36

Wow. Thumbs up!

0:30:360:30:39

Now, all I've got to do is fill this without a hose.

0:30:390:30:43

One bucket at a time.

0:30:430:30:45

What a joy.

0:30:450:30:46

Good luck, Charlie, she's got at least 20 or 30 buckets

0:30:460:30:49

to get that thing full.

0:30:490:30:51

The gentle sound of moving water is a great addition to any garden.

0:30:530:30:57

From ready-made to custom built,

0:31:010:31:03

the range of water features on offer is huge.

0:31:030:31:07

Water features made using a variety of metals

0:31:090:31:11

can create a contemporary structural character.

0:31:110:31:14

Whilst ones that focus on wood or stone

0:31:170:31:19

give a more natural, warmer feel.

0:31:190:31:21

But not all water features need to include a fountain

0:31:250:31:29

or sculptural element.

0:31:290:31:30

Small streams, or even ponds, can be just as effective.

0:31:300:31:34

If you want the water to be crystal clear to really show off your fish,

0:31:350:31:40

for example, you'll need a filtration system.

0:31:400:31:43

And if you line it properly and include the right planting

0:31:450:31:48

you can have a pond absolutely anywhere.

0:31:480:31:50

Back in the garden Charlie is adding her extra-special touch

0:31:520:31:56

to the Rich brothers' water feature.

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Right, that's me bit of lead flattened.

0:32:010:32:04

So that I can put a template on.

0:32:040:32:07

So, the boys drew a leaf, that shape for me,

0:32:070:32:10

I'm going to pop that on there and then just cut it out.

0:32:100:32:14

Then it's a case of a bit of detail.

0:32:210:32:22

So I'm going to take the sharp edges off with sandpaper.

0:32:240:32:28

And then I'm going to mark some veins down here.

0:32:310:32:34

There you go, that's it done.

0:32:400:32:42

So, the idea is the water is going to run down and drip off.

0:32:420:32:45

In theory.

0:32:450:32:46

The arches have been given a coat of paint

0:32:480:32:51

and so they can paint the edges a darker grey,

0:32:510:32:54

Harry and David are using tape to create a clean line.

0:32:540:32:57

The two contrasting shades will create a 3-D effect,

0:33:010:33:04

giving the illusion

0:33:040:33:05

that there's something beyond the arches themselves.

0:33:050:33:07

In the garden, Charlie's testing out the leaves for the water feature.

0:33:110:33:15

We're having to test each leaf to get it right on the right place,

0:33:150:33:19

but I think it'll look lovely once it's finished.

0:33:190:33:22

Charlie fixes the leaves to the water feature,

0:33:240:33:26

while David and Harry screw the arches to the wall.

0:33:260:33:29

That looks all right.

0:33:320:33:33

DRILL WHIRS

0:33:330:33:35

That's good timing, Charlie!

0:33:350:33:37

Around the corner, the Scotts are trying to balance their workload.

0:33:420:33:46

Can't touch these tiles. Do not touch these tiles!

0:33:460:33:49

I think I'm going to have to in a minute, I'm going to fall!

0:33:490:33:52

The tiles have not gone off, they're still wet,

0:33:520:33:54

and I'm trying to clean them,

0:33:540:33:56

so I'm stuck here, so you can just stay there and be the bucket boy.

0:33:560:34:00

-That's a promotion, isn't it?

-Yeah, that is a promotion.

0:34:000:34:03

With the quick-drying cement drying...quickly,

0:34:060:34:09

they use a jointing compound to fill in the gaps.

0:34:090:34:12

This comes as a ready-made mixture.

0:34:140:34:16

You simply add water and brush in.

0:34:160:34:18

It's finally time to start bringing in the lush green foliage

0:34:220:34:26

that is so typical of Mughal gardens.

0:34:260:34:28

-One banana, two bananas.

-Yes!

0:34:280:34:30

Three banana, four!

0:34:300:34:31

In fact, six banana trees are placed around the courtyard.

0:34:310:34:35

Just started to place the banana trees.

0:34:380:34:41

What we're using is a Musa basjoo,

0:34:410:34:43

and that's actually the hardiest banana tree you can get.

0:34:430:34:45

So it's going to be perfect down here in London.

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Though if they do have a really cold winter they will have to protect it.

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But the reason we've chosen them

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is just to really tie in with that Mogul courtyard theme.

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They're going to provide a really tall, dappled, lush green canopy.

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Really exotic feeling.

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When the sun is beating down,

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they'll provide that lovely bit of shade.

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Bananas can grow to well over two metres tall with large,

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elegant leaves bringing a real touch of the exotic to the garden.

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They'll need wrapping in straw or horticultural fleece

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to protect them over the winter.

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And in warm summers, they produce striking cream-coloured flowers.

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Right, the boys have allowed me one plant in my water feature.

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This is just an Acorus gramineus variegatus.

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Semi-evergreen, and it's got this big sort of fountain of foliage.

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It doesn't get much taller than this.

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And I'm just really using it just to break the line

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of the tank, and the pipe that's going out.

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I'm dropping it in ever so slowly so all of the soil doesn't come out.

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There you go.

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Then in this front planting pocket,

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the boys have gone for Alchemilla mollis,

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and they'll have the nice, frothy green flowers

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that will drop over the side of the planter, soften it all up.

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The planting's in full swing all over the garden.

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And Scott's getting the fatsias in.

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They're often kept as a house plant,

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but they really come into their own outdoors,

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where the leaves become darker and thicker.

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They'll grow in almost any type of soil, do well in shade or sun,

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and, even if neglected, are a forgiving plant,

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so they're ideal for this low-maintenance garden.

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One of the plants we're using in this garden is Luzula nivea,

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and that's snowy woodrush.

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It's gorgeous, evergreen grass, and it tolerates up to full shade.

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So, under the canopy of the bananas, next to the fatsias,

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it's going to grow really well.

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And what's nice is that unlike other grasses that flower in late summer,

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this actually flowers in early summer.

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You'll get these tall stalks

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and this lovely plume of white on top that'll last into the summer.

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And what you can do after it's flowered,

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you can cut them down and that new,

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luscious green growth will fill the garden with lovely colour.

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Everyone's getting stuck in.

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Well, almost everyone.

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It's coming together nicely, isn't it, team?

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Yes, it's all this hard graft.

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Hard graft, Harry? What?

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Yeah, you're just stood there with a plant in your hand!

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This is hard. Hard graft!

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Where's that cup of tea?

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With the large leaved evergreen plants in place,

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the perennials can now be added.

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And Charlie's in charge of the euphorbias.

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There are around 2,000 kinds.

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This one will grow to about two foot tall,

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has tiny red flowers surrounded by yellowy bracts,

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which bloom from February and can continue through until autumn.

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Now, Harry's finally getting his hands dirty.

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This is one of my favourites,

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Jacob's Ladder, and has a kind of beautiful dusty purple colour.

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And that's going to link really nicely with those tiles.

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That's a really important factor when looking to design your garden

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or bring in plants, to have that unity

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within the hard landscaping and the soft landscaping.

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And this is really going to pick out that colour

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and look great in the garden.

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The plants are being packed in,

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and it's all hands on deck to get every one of them planted in time.

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A quick tidy, and the climbers are last to be positioned

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before the finishing touches are brought in.

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-Is it going to fit?

-I think it's OK.

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I can't really see what's middle...

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-That one there.

-Oh!

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-Lovely.

-Beautiful.

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-You can't have a table without any chairs, can you?

-No.

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Before they called Charlie and the Rich brothers,

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Darshna and Noyon's garden was a tiny, overgrown dumping ground.

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But now, after its £2,500 overhaul,

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the garden has been transformed.

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The two-tone tiling, with its orderly pattern,

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has made a huge difference, and cost £685.

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The water feature, a must in any Mogul garden,

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was custom made from cement blocks and a cattle trough

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at a cost of £240.

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And it's set off perfectly by the recycled lead leaves.

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The Mogul-inspired arches give the illusion of space

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and came in at £190.

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The impressive tropical planting has brought a little bit of paradise

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to north-west London.

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It features six banana trees, each costing £30.

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Eight fatsias were also £30 each.

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And an array of underplanting at a total of £421.

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The handmade statement table gives the couple a place to relax

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in their own little haven, and cost a total of £80.

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Darshna and Noyon desperately wanted to make the most

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of their small outdoor space with a Mogul theme

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that included tiling, and all for £2,500.

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

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I can't see much of the garden, but I can see them.

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Three, two, one, open your eyes.

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Oh, my God!

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-Wow. It looks amazing.

-Wow!

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-Glorious.

-Yeah!

-Good!

-Wow!

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It just looks like a different garden.

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Yes, this does not look like our garden.

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Do you feel it captures that Mogul theme?

0:41:020:41:05

Yes, and more.

0:41:050:41:06

I love the pattern of the blue here.

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I'd never imagined this.

0:41:100:41:12

I thought Noyon would like the tiles.

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Right up his street, those tiles are, aren't they?

0:41:140:41:18

The tiles Dave showed you earlier have been put to good use,

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and are now the table top.

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That's really creative. When you showed me the tiles,

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I had no idea what you were going to do with them.

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-You trusted us.

-Yes, I trusted you.

0:41:270:41:29

-That is amazing.

-Wicked.

-Look at this!

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-I know, it's Charlie's water feature.

-I hadn't even noticed that.

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Hold on two seconds!

0:41:350:41:36

David's got the remote out.

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-Yay!

-Oh, nice!

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That is spectacular.

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-Bespoke leaf, shaped by Charlie.

-Oh, very nice.

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Water feature's a hit.

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I have to say, it was a real faff, but worth it.

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The garden is going to look luscious and green throughout the whole year,

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-which is going to be amazing.

-Yep.

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But also, when the banana trees grow up real tall,

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it's going to create quite an immersive space in here.

0:42:000:42:03

Then we've got some perennials scattered through.

0:42:030:42:05

Spring to summer you'll have all these different plants coming up,

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creating that lovely bit of colour in the garden.

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So it'll be quite exciting for you guys to watch the garden evolve

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and grow over the next couple of years.

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It's going to be like a world away,

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it's going to look like an exotic paradise.

0:42:180:42:20

-Yeah.

-Yeah.

-Can't wait!

0:42:200:42:22

Can you imagine using it with your family, and everything?

0:42:220:42:24

-Yes.

-Well, yeah, and we're actually expecting, so...

0:42:240:42:27

Yeah!

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..a little baby here, as well.

0:42:290:42:31

-Oh, nice!

-Awesome. You've got a lovely house,

0:42:310:42:33

-and now...

-A lovely garden!

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I didn't want to say it, but you beat me to it!

0:42:350:42:38

Now the team have left, what do Darshna and Noyon really think

0:42:420:42:45

-of their new garden?

-I think it's amazing.

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I'm so happy with the end product.

0:42:490:42:51

It's so much better than I thought it was going to be.

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It's just completely exceeded my expectations.

0:42:530:42:56

This is spectacular.

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I never thought this could be achievable in the space that we had.

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It just looks like twice the size. It's amazing.

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Charlie Dimmock and the Rich brothers are challenged to come up with a Mughal-inspired design for a small courtyard garden in Harrow. Whose plans make the most of the tiny space, and which one will owners Darshna and Noyon choose?