Attleborough Garden Rescue


Attleborough

Garden renovation series. Charlie Dimmock and the Rich brothers are asked to transform a sea of dingy gravel and paving.


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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 will be the brothers that change people's perceptions of gardeners.

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

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-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?

-Not a lot.

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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.

-..and budget.

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-Doesn't look like it could be our garden.

-The winner...

-Charlie's!

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-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, boys.

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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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Are we doing this?

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..to turn garden dreams into reality.

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Wow! This is brilliant.

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Oh, my goodness.

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Wow!

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-Look at that.

-Oh, my God!

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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 Andrew and Dawn from Norfolk.

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-Yeah.

-All right.

-And you've heard of low-maintenance,

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but then, there's this.

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-But where? How...?

-Look at that.

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Andrew and Dawn moved into their bungalow in Norfolk a year ago

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and it's not difficult to see why they've called in the services

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of the Garden Rescue team.

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We bought the house partly because of the garden.

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We thought, "Great, no lawn to mow, no beds to weed, fantastic."

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But we hadn't been here very long

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-when we realised it was really dull.

-Yes.

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-That looks like gravel, gravel, gravel.

-Bit of paving.

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-Slabs. Gravel.

-Yeah.

-And one key plant.

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Oh, no, two... Two and a half.

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We're not really gardeners.

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I do like to do a bit of "lady of the manor" gardening,

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which is a bit of sort of deadheading, cut flowers,

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you know, that's about my lot, really.

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We want to be able to potter,

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-but we want it to look nice at the same time.

-Yeah.

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Whilst the current garden may not be particularly enticing,

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there was a very important reason for the move.

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I was diagnosed with MS a couple of years ago.

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It affects my legs, my hands and my feet, and also fatigue, as well.

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And one of the nice things about when we downsized to a bungalow

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was that it's going to be more manageable for me.

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Andrew loves pottering in the garden,

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but he does have a condition which means he can't spend

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an extended length of time working in the garden,

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so things to make it easier for him, maybe like raised beds,

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stuff like that.

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Yeah, it would be nice to have some raised beds.

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It will save me getting on my hands and knees

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and save pains in my legs.

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The garden needs to be flat, so, in years to come,

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it will be a very functional garden for whatever lies ahead.

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The garden needs to be a safe place for Andrew and Dawn to potter in,

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but one that doesn't require too much maintenance.

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It's not the smallest of gardens,

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so how much money do the designers have to play with?

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Budget's £2,500.

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It's a decent-sized garden, so that budget will be quite stretched.

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They've got some slab areas there, some patios,

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so I think if we can use it, we should. But I think, altogether,

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it's just really bringing the life into the garden

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and then just making sure it's really usable

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-and functional for Andrew, as well.

-Yeah.

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This garden is going to require some ingenuity from the designers.

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So, they head to Norfolk to see what they're up against.

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Wow.

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Slightly bare.

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It looked bare on the photos, but now I'm here, it REALLY looks bare.

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And, look, all the shapes of the paving.

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Square, you've got... Those ones over there.

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-These caterpillar ones.

-Yeah. Oh...

-Maltese cross.

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Yeah. And Andrew's condition

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means that this garden is definitely not safe.

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I mean, the amount of level changes and dips...

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And trip hazards, I've tripped over twice already

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and we've only walked about ten foot into the garden!

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It definitely needs a bit of rescuing, doesn't it?

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It's not really got any character, has it?

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-It needs a bit of personality, this garden.

-And definitely some green.

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-And some green.

-Well, we're going to have a little look inside,

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-leave you out here.

-What, for me to be inspired out here?

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Let us know if you find anything new and interesting.

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I'll check the shed out. There might be something in there

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-that'll give me a hint.

-Paving stones.

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Whilst Charlie's left outside, the Rich brothers head inside

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to see if they can spot some clues that will highlight

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Andrew and Dawn's taste.

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Well, instantly calm and therapeutic.

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It is, yes. That's the colour of the blue, isn't it?

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Blue covers, blue walls, blue lampshade.

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-Lowers it down.

-It does, doesn't it?

-The heart rate lowering already.

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Yes. I feel like these tie in quite nicely, don't they, actually...

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-Yeah.

-..with that slightly washed-out look?

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-It's got that beach-hut feeling, hasn't it?

-Yeah.

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It's also rather calm outside, as the couple join Charlie

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to discuss their own vision for the garden.

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Andrew, what do YOU want from the garden?

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I think a tranquil setting,

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and nice entertaining area.

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We'd like to socialise, so barbecues,

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sitting in the sunshine, when the sun is shining.

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And, Dawn, for you?

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Probably more on the contemporary side and structural plants and...

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Yeah, I mean, the garden... The plants you have got here

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are very architectural, and really, I mean, that conifer's fabulous.

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And something that looks nice from the house.

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-Yes, because you've got quite a lot of windows...

-On this side, yeah.

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And then look at that.

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I feel like that's something we should be orbiting round.

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-It's pretty in your face.

-Yeah.

-It's quite a contemporary one, as well.

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Yeah, I think if we were to give them something

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that maybe had a little bit of a modern touch,

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-they wouldn't be adverse to that, would they, really?

-Yeah.

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Then we've got, you know, the end of that house there,

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and a little bit overlooked there, so a bit of height.

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So, you want to enclose it, make it more intimate?

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-Yes.

-Yeah.

-And make it more inviting to come out.

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At the moment, it feels to me that you probably just come out

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-to go to the shed.

-Exactly.

-That's about it.

-Yeah, exactly.

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-Yeah, yeah, you don't sort of feel the need to sit in it.

-Yeah.

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Andrew and Dawn would also like to leave an area of the garden

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for parking their caravan in.

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This is welcome news to the designers.

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With a slightly reduced area to transform,

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the £2,500 budget can be stretched a little further.

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With that in mind, the designers head to their drawing boards.

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Charlie and the Rich brothers will compete against each other

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to come up with a design

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that will work within Andrew and Dawn's budget.

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

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will have to help the winner build the garden.

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The £2,500 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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-Hello.

-Hi.

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-Hi.

-OK.

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So, this is our design.

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-Oh, wow.

-So...

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The most important thing that we could give you was a levelled garden,

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so it's really user-friendly, nice and safe,

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get rid of as many trip hazards as possible.

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So, it's based on these rectangles

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and altogether makes a very kind of unified space

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that will have a very calming and relaxing feeling.

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-Yeah.

-What we want to do

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is to keep the original paving slabs where they are

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and that will help us kind of save budget

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for other aspects of the garden.

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And we're going to connect them with a wooden deck,

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and wood's lovely and warming

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and that's just going to create this large, open space

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for entertaining or just relaxing.

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Keeping and levelling the two existing square patio areas

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is a shrewd move from the Rich brothers.

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So, what has Charlie got planned for the space?

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Oh. Wow.

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So, design-wise,

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I've gone for quite a dynamic ray of paving

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which is going to be a big entertainment space.

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So, I'm reusing your rectangular slabs,

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but then, because I didn't want it to look like a car park,

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I've broken it up using, like, a bound gravel.

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It's got a soft, golden colour,

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but it is a hard and level surface to walk on.

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It draws you up to this area here

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which is big enough to get a nice, big table on it,

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and then, this is a built-in timber bench, so you can sit there,

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so you haven't got to get the furniture out of the shed.

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You'll think, "Oh, I'll just take the coffee out and sit outside."

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Charlie also wants to re-use the existing slabs,

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but to lay them in a dynamic new shape,

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which is a radical change from how they're arranged now.

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But how will the designers give their patio areas

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the privacy that the couple have asked for?

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Most importantly is this area here

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which would be in that corner of the garden.

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So, we wanted to put a simple grid of pear trees.

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And first and foremost, this is great for privacy,

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but also really lovely sculptural elements,

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so you've got an elegant single stem

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and the crown will come about two metres and then

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this lovely dense canopy.

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And then also surrounding the garden, we wanted to provide you

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with a thick layer of these shrubs,

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so that's what creates this kind of green screen that separates

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-where you're going to be sitting to where the caravan is.

-Yeah.

-Yeah.

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To make the garden a lot more intimate,

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I've got quite a few trees in this gravel area,

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which I'm retaining around the edges,

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but also making you use the garden

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round the other way,

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so you don't look that way.

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-Yes.

-You look this way.

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And then you have the view of the planting.

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So, you're looking away from your shed. Nothing against your shed...

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..but it's not a thing of beauty,

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and I know you're thinking of putting the caravan there.

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The couple are giving little away

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about which of the very different designs they prefer.

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Will those extra touches designed to make gardening easier

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for Andrew swing their decision?

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So, as you can see, from this visual here, that's the decking.

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And then, we've given you a raised bed here.

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So, we're going to leave the existing raised bed,

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but we're going to give you a timber raised bed here,

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so the decking links really nicely with the raised bed,

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it's really usable. You know, you guys can get your hands dirty,

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-really get using it, and it's really easy to maintain, as well.

-Yeah.

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We've got a couple of raised beds here.

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So, they're going to be high enough

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that they're what I'd call "perching" height.

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And then, this is a wall of timber with planters on,

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so that will be quite easy to maintain.

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Now, planting wise, we can put lots of colourful bedding plants in it,

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but if you want it just to look good all year,

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we can put lots of evergreens in.

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So, ivies and succulents.

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That way, if you forget to water them, not a problem.

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They'll put up with it.

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With the pitches over...

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-I'll leave you to think about it.

-Thank you.

-Thank you.

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..all the designers can do now is wait.

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Andrew and Dawn can only choose one design, but which will it be?

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-I don't know. It's really difficult.

-Tough choice, yeah.

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-There's elements of both.

-Both of them, yes.

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-The trees are lovely.

-Yes.

-Absolutely lovely.

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And I like the idea of walking out onto the two textures.

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We've kept the paving areas the same, but obviously lifted them up,

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levelled them. We've linked them together with a nice deck.

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Whereas I've gone with the shape to draw them out,

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so it starts narrow and then widens out to this area,

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which is my entertaining area.

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-Ah.

-Ah.

-I think the first thing that struck me

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was just a complete change of perspective.

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And I liked the bench and the screen,

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just some of the quirky elements.

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Yours sounds a lot more angular and diagonal,

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whereas ours is just a bit more simple, slightly more geometric,

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almost like four rectangles, in a way.

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You do simple well, you two, don't you?

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So, will Andrew and Dawn choose Charlie's angular patio

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with purpose-built outdoor seating

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and bespoke vertical planter?

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Or the Rich brothers' sheltered geometric design,

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with decking and two patios, raised beds and pear trees?

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Here they are.

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It's time for the couple to reveal their decision.

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-Hello.

-Hiya.

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ALL: Hey.

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Well, our choice is...

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-Yay!

-Yes!

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It's those dynamic diagonals. Oooh!

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The diagonal feel of it was, I think, what swayed me.

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Oh, good. I've got so many little projects for you boys!

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The dynamic diva is elated to win this one,

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but it sounds like it's the doleful duo

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that will be doing all the hard graft.

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It's early morning in Norfolk.

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With so much paving to get done,

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Charlie has sent the landscaping team on ahead to get cracking.

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Whilst Scott and Andy waste no time in removing the walls

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from the old raised bed,

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project manager Guy and head landscaper Scott

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need to get to grips with the unusual layout.

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This is an interesting design that Charlie's come up with.

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-Yeah, it is, isn't it?

-And it's all about the angles.

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She's got a pivot point, basically, in that corner

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and then she's running loads of lines across the garden.

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And we're going to be reusing quite a lot of the slabs.

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-OK. I like that idea.

-Which is great.

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Less wheelbarrowing out to the skip, which is what we like.

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Absolutely, absolutely.

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But first, they've got to pull the slabs up.

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And there are a lot of them.

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Any slabs in good nick are saved and given a thorough jet wash,

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revealing a lovely sandy colour.

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The concrete path, which runs along the back of the house,

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is being broken up and will later be replaced by a new, wider path.

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Meanwhile, Scott and Guy test their geometry skills

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by marking out the new patio and flowerbeds.

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So, we've made a bit of progress, now. We got the lines sprayed out.

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We're trying not to walk on them,

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otherwise they'll slowly disappear and we have to do them again.

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So, we're almost ready to start putting the hardcore base

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for the new patio. So, we're good to go.

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Andy's moved on to making a new step outside the back door,

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reusing blocks from the old raised bed.

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This is the only level change in the new garden,

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and a wide, simple step will be easiest for Andrew to manage.

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The cleaned-up slabs are re-laid on top,

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but there aren't enough left to do the large, main patio, as well,

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so Charlie has ordered some new slabs in the same colour,

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which Scott is laying.

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And with almost 100 slabs to lay,

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he's understandably getting a bit fed up.

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Scott, how is it going?

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-DEADPAN:

-Brilliant. Absolutely ecstatic.

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-LAUGHTER

-Yeah, it's going really well, yeah.

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-No, we are getting there.

-I can tell you mean that.

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It's a real mission, but we're getting there.

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The cement needs time to dry before the slabs can be walked on,

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so the team packs up for the day, leaving them to dry overnight.

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First thing next morning, Charlie, Harry and David arrive.

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-Well, we have the sunshine. That's a good thing.

-It is a good thing.

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-It's on our side.

-Now, you know I occasionally nag you.

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-Does she?

-No, don't think so.

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I'm going to be right on your case today,

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because all the projects you're doing, if you're slow,

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you're going to hold me up,

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because I can't do my jobs unless you finish yours.

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Sounds like power.

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I don't want to move that fast.

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So, you've heard of living walls?

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-Yes.

-You're going to be making a living gate.

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-Nice.

-And then you're going to be making some bench seats

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-and some tables, yeah?

-Nice.

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-OK.

-So, we've got an awful lot to do.

-Sounds like a fun day.

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Get going.

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In the garden, the team's back at work.

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The patio is ready to walk on, but will the boss like what she sees?

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Well, the landscape team have done a really good job.

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You can see the shape of the garden coming through now.

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So, we've got this paving that leads out into the garden.

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And you're going to get to this end and sit down

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and sort of look back at the sort of planting area.

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So, we're going to have a pathway over there

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to get you in and out of the garden, raised beds over here.

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So, I'm quite pleased with what they've managed to achieve.

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Scott can now cut the long, straight line

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that will give the patio its distinct shape...

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..with David following behind removing the offcuts.

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It's definitely a very satisfying job.

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Ooh, that was a good one.

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Beautiful.

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Andy's bringing in the base layer

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for the areas at the side of the patio and the path by the house.

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With the hard landscaping jobs being taken care of,

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Charlie can turn her attention to the evergreen planting.

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Andrew and Dawn already have a few conifers,

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which are perfect for a low-maintenance garden,

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and she's decided to introduce some more.

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Conifers are becoming a bit of a feature of this garden.

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They've gone out of favour slightly over the last ten, 20 years.

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There are some glorious ones out there.

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One thing you've got to remember with conifers -

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if you are clipping them, as a general rule,

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you shouldn't cut back hard into this dead wood section,

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because they won't regenerate.

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So, if you are cutting a hedge,

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you want to be clipping in this green section here.

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And that way it will keep them nice and neat and compact,

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or you go for ones that are really slow growing like this one,

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and it's got this really lovely shape and texture to it.

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Conifers used to be a staple feature in British gardens,

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but have become less fashionable in recent years,

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in part due to the notorious Leyland cypress,

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which grows very tall, very quickly.

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However, with more than 500 species of conifer to choose from,

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including pines, yew and pencil cypress,

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they shouldn't all be dismissed.

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At his Norfolk garden, Foggy Bottom,

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conifer expert and champion Adrian Bloom

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has been growing them for 50 years.

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Despite a lot of criticism from a lot of people

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who perhaps don't understand conifers,

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I felt that they were worth sticking with and getting to understand,

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because there's so much variety, which most people don't realise.

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So, I've always felt there's this need to stand up, if you like,

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for conifers as a plant you can use in most gardens.

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It's important to check a conifer's rate of growth before you plant it,

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as this can vary greatly depending on the type.

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There are many slow-growing varieties.

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Others can be kept in check by annual pruning,

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and there are also dwarf varieties to choose from.

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Two really good plants for the smaller garden.

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There's this one,

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which is Chamaecyparis pisifera. How about that?

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There's one called "Sungold", the threadleaf cypress,

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that's the other name for it.

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But that's golden most of the year,

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so you can keep that pruned and keep it pretty small, too.

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And then Juniperus "Blue Star", this one here,

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and these will turn a brilliant blue in the summer.

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Whilst conifers are renowned for giving year-round colour,

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some varieties change shade,

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either in the summer or winter months.

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Blues and golds are the most popular colours,

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and even some well-known types can come in unexpected hues.

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This is just the ordinary Christmas tree, the Norway spruce.

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And this was a form that was found in Sweden that had red shoots.

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And these don't last for long, mind you,

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but what a tremendous colour and transformation that is

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at this time of the year.

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Some of the more striking conifers may grow quite large,

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and if you don't want to get rid of those,

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Adrian has an enterprising suggestion for maintaining them.

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This is one of the Korean pines,

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and like this one,

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which has not been pruned at all,

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this would have taken up so much space had it gone to the ground,

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if you can imagine that just as a ball.

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But by starting to trim this several years ago now,

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I trimmed up from the base,

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opened it up, and you can then see through it.

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And I always like to sort of peak into another part of the garden,

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and that allows you to do that.

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In fact, it's such a useful technique

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that Charlie is employing it back in the garden.

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What you want to do before you start cutting the stems

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is just pull the stem down to see what shape it's going to give you.

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Now, this one's crossing over, so I'm going to take that one out.

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And what you've got to be careful of

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is that you don't leave a stump which is going to rock back,

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but that you don't cut it back so hard

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that you go into that ridge there, because that's the tree's

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natural way of growing over and then sealing up that stump,

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so it stops disease getting in.

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Cut it just here.

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Before the new conifers can be planted,

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the hard landscaping needs to be finished.

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At the end of the patio,

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Charlie's designed a fixed bench and potting table,

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and she's given the job of building those to Harry and David.

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Charlie's got us making the bench within the garden,

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and this is what it will look like.

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So, the garden was made up of a lot of slabs, originally,

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so it's really important to try and re-use them.

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So, we're going to create these slab towers,

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and they're going to be the legs to the bench,

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and then we're going to have a timber top. So, quite simple.

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It's all about recycling materials that were already in the garden.

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I know, Charlie's being clever on this one, isn't she?

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And I think that's what's so nice,

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it's that it's a very simple construction method.

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All we're doing is we're layering these slabs up,

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and we're using these spacers, which are 50 millimetres, because

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if it was just mortar, it might kind of tend just to lean one way.

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But by using these spacers,

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it's going to create this lovely, uniform gap straight up.

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And it's going to be a lovely little feature.

0:23:030:23:05

And what we're going to do then, in between those spacers,

0:23:050:23:07

we're just going to put in some of the mortar.

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And it's important to not put too much in.

0:23:100:23:11

Make it just a little bit higher than the spacer.

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Keep it away from the edges,

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because that's going to give that shadow gap, the idea

0:23:150:23:17

that it's hovering, which will look really cool.

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-Right, go on, then.

-Got to get it square.

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-We'll have this done in no time, won't we?

-Yeah.

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That'll be music to Charlie's ears.

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And she can keep an eye on the brothers' progress

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from the corner of the garden,

0:23:360:23:38

where she's getting creative with cement.

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Now, I wanted to put some containers in the garden,

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because containers really add quite a lovely feel.

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I fancied a nice stone trough or two, but budget said no,

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so I'm making my own.

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And this is called hypertufa.

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And it sort of recreates a synthetic version,

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or a home-made version, of tufa rock.

0:24:020:24:05

So, I've got two measures of cement,

0:24:050:24:08

three measures of peat-free potting compost,

0:24:080:24:14

and then three perlites, which you'll get at the garden centre.

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It's funny stuff. It's for adding aeration to compost or soil.

0:24:180:24:23

It's very, very light.

0:24:230:24:24

It almost feels like polystyrene, but it's not.

0:24:240:24:27

So, three of those. It's like making a great big cake!

0:24:270:24:31

And just like cake, this mixture won't work without moisture.

0:24:330:24:37

It's one of those things - not too much water...

0:24:390:24:42

..but just enough. So, a little bit at a time.

0:24:440:24:47

And if you don't get the consistency right,

0:24:500:24:53

hypertufa can be prone to cracking.

0:24:530:24:55

I think that is...almost there.

0:24:560:25:00

It's got to be...

0:25:020:25:04

..wet enough that it forms a ball,

0:25:050:25:10

but not so wet that it's sloppy.

0:25:100:25:13

I think that's about it. Look at that.

0:25:130:25:15

It can be moulded into any shape, so is perfect for containers,

0:25:180:25:22

and even garden ornaments, if you're feeling artistic.

0:25:220:25:25

Charlie is simply using a couple of cardboard boxes for her trough.

0:25:250:25:30

The best thing is that when finished, it's very light,

0:25:320:25:35

and much easier to move around the garden than a real stone trough.

0:25:350:25:40

But first, it has to dry, so here's one Charlie made earlier.

0:25:400:25:43

So, it's a case of getting the cardboard off,

0:25:460:25:51

and then using a wire brush just to soften the edges off.

0:25:510:25:56

This is obviously going to take some time.

0:25:590:26:01

Come back...later.

0:26:010:26:03

The surface of the path and the patio edges are now being laid.

0:26:100:26:15

Charlie has chosen hoggin,

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which is a mixture of gravel, sand and clay,

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that binds together firmly when compacted,

0:26:190:26:21

and yet allows water to drain through.

0:26:210:26:24

It adds a warm and pleasant texture to the space,

0:26:240:26:26

which is vital if you have large areas

0:26:260:26:28

of paving or gravel in your garden.

0:26:280:26:30

-That is perfect. Look at that.

-Yeah. Charlie will be...

0:26:350:26:39

Charlie's very impressed! Slap on the back! Well done!

0:26:390:26:42

It's quite cool, isn't it? I like it.

0:26:420:26:43

And it works so nice with the patio.

0:26:430:26:45

Yeah, and we've just got to do the table over there,

0:26:450:26:47

-that's got to be higher.

-We've got it down to a T now,

0:26:470:26:49

-so it's easy.

-Oh, OK, then.

0:26:490:26:51

I might not even bring the level with this one.

0:26:510:26:54

That's asking for trouble!

0:26:540:26:56

Charlie's managed to remove the cardboard from her hypertufa trough,

0:27:010:27:05

and is ready to add some plants in the form of alpines.

0:27:050:27:09

Alpines are really neglected in the garden.

0:27:100:27:13

They make great container plants,

0:27:130:27:16

but also, they're very good in borders,

0:27:160:27:18

because they're very low-maintenance,

0:27:180:27:20

so at the front of a border,

0:27:200:27:21

as long as they have got sunlight and free-draining soil,

0:27:210:27:25

they're very happy.

0:27:250:27:26

So, that sedum there is going to sort of tumble over the edge, there.

0:27:260:27:31

Another thing I like about alpines

0:27:310:27:33

is they make some really nice shapes, like a hummock.

0:27:330:27:36

And in a container, to show them off,

0:27:360:27:40

it's better to have less rather than lots.

0:27:400:27:42

And then the odd rock in there, as well, really sets them off well.

0:27:420:27:46

David is making progress with the slab pedestals for the table.

0:27:510:27:56

Or so he thinks.

0:27:560:27:57

-Go that way a little bit more.

-What do you mean? The whole thing?

0:28:000:28:02

-The tower?

-The last three you can just shunt.

0:28:020:28:05

Yeah, does that look good from there?

0:28:060:28:08

It's slightly leaning that way.

0:28:080:28:10

Like leaning? Or just needs to, like, hit over?

0:28:100:28:14

It looks like your pancake stack is staggering sideways.

0:28:140:28:18

I leave you for a little bit, and look what happens.

0:28:180:28:21

Despite a valiant attempt to correct the lean...

0:28:260:28:29

..there's only one thing for it.

0:28:310:28:33

Hopefully, Harry is getting on better

0:28:390:28:42

with the wooden seat for the bench.

0:28:420:28:44

These are second-hand scaffolding boards,

0:28:440:28:46

and, compared to a brand-new scaffolding board,

0:28:460:28:49

they're about half-price.

0:28:490:28:50

And just by sanding it down a little bit, it creates this lovely,

0:28:500:28:53

almost new appearance, so a great top to the bench.

0:28:530:28:57

All we've done here is we've created two little brackets on the ends,

0:28:570:29:00

and that this slots over the legs, so it gets us a lovely tight fit.

0:29:000:29:05

Scaffolding boards are great for garden structures,

0:29:070:29:10

because they're made for outdoor use.

0:29:100:29:12

Due to health-and-safety rules,

0:29:120:29:14

scaffolding companies have to change their boards regularly,

0:29:140:29:17

but often there is still plenty of life left in them,

0:29:170:29:20

and they should last a good few years.

0:29:200:29:22

Right. Watch your head.

0:29:250:29:26

With the table pedestals corrected,

0:29:280:29:30

the brothers attach the scaffolding board top.

0:29:300:29:33

The two Scotts are also working with wood.

0:29:440:29:47

They're constructing the framework for the first raised bed

0:29:470:29:50

for David to attach the side to.

0:29:500:29:51

Not only are scaffolding boards perfect for the tops of benches,

0:29:550:29:58

they're also really well suited to making raised beds.

0:29:580:30:01

And again, really simple construction.

0:30:010:30:02

Just putting the upright bits into the soil, nice and firm,

0:30:020:30:05

then we face them with the scaffolding boards.

0:30:050:30:07

They've got that nice, rustic appearance, we'll keep that.

0:30:070:30:10

We're not going to sand them. Then, nice little detail,

0:30:100:30:12

the guys have sunk the uprights a bit lower than the fascia,

0:30:120:30:15

because what they are going to do is put a bit of capping on there.

0:30:150:30:18

You know you said aged and rustic-looking?

0:30:180:30:21

-Yeah.

-I've changed my mind.

0:30:210:30:23

I'm going to paint the fronts of them.

0:30:230:30:25

You change your mind like you change your socks, Charlie.

0:30:250:30:28

Yeah. Once a week!

0:30:280:30:29

So, I'm going to actually paint this, I think,

0:30:290:30:31

-and then leave the top capping...

-Rustic.

-..rustic.

0:30:310:30:35

So, I just think...

0:30:350:30:37

I don't mind rustic, but I don't want it too rustic.

0:30:370:30:39

-Too late to go against you anyway.

-Yeah.

-You can have your way.

0:30:390:30:42

I told you I was going to nag you, so hurry up and finish that end,

0:30:420:30:45

because I want to start painting.

0:30:450:30:46

And then there's another raised bed to do there.

0:30:460:30:48

No good smiling at me and laughing, Harry!

0:30:480:30:51

Get on.

0:30:510:30:52

HE YAWNS

0:30:520:30:54

Oh, well...

0:30:540:30:56

Blimey.

0:30:570:30:59

Hopefully, it will dry a little darker.

0:31:010:31:04

CHUCKLING

0:31:040:31:05

Don't! Stop it!

0:31:050:31:07

You wait, when David and Harry see this,

0:31:080:31:11

-they'll think I've lost my marbles.

-It's purple!

0:31:110:31:14

It looked much darker on the sample.

0:31:140:31:17

-Oh, yeah.

-I think it's going to dry down.

-What have you done, Charlie?

0:31:170:31:21

Oh, shut up. Get on!

0:31:210:31:23

-HE PUFFS

-Mad.

0:31:230:31:25

Purple planting beds weren't on Charlie's original plan,

0:31:250:31:30

so she's no idea what Andrew and Dawn will make of them,

0:31:300:31:34

but there's no going back now.

0:31:340:31:36

They might grow to love it.

0:31:360:31:38

With the brothers' jobs mounting up,

0:31:410:31:43

they get the two Scotts to finish the raised beds for them so they can

0:31:430:31:47

move on to the next task.

0:31:470:31:49

In her design, Charlie incorporated a vertical planting screen,

0:31:490:31:53

which will be easily accessible for Andrew.

0:31:530:31:56

It will also help to mask the shed,

0:31:560:31:58

but because the couple will still need to get into the shed,

0:31:580:32:02

Charlie's cleverly decided to put the screen on hinges, like a gate.

0:32:020:32:07

So, I'm out here constructing Charlie's living gate

0:32:070:32:09

and as you can see from the plan,

0:32:090:32:10

it's simply just like a gate, a few gaps we can hang planters on,

0:32:100:32:14

and it's quite a simple construction.

0:32:140:32:16

I'm laying it out at the moment. We've got these timbers here,

0:32:160:32:19

creating a framework, and then cut these

0:32:190:32:22

scaffolding boards to size.

0:32:220:32:24

So, just spacing them out evenly

0:32:240:32:26

and there is also going to be this cross timber, as well.

0:32:260:32:30

This is to make it quite structurally sound.

0:32:310:32:34

What that does is it transfers the weight from the top end down to the

0:32:340:32:36

bottom end where the hinges are,

0:32:360:32:39

so the strongest point will get most of the weight.

0:32:390:32:42

Then it's also really important

0:32:420:32:44

to get things like this square, so using a set square

0:32:440:32:47

means that you can get your 90 degrees really easily.

0:32:470:32:50

It just means that, you know, you've got security in knowing

0:32:500:32:52

that when you put it up between the posts, it's going to fit.

0:32:520:32:56

Meanwhile, Harry is planting up the containers

0:33:050:33:07

that will hang from the screen.

0:33:070:33:09

Not only did Charlie want them to be a lovely floral display,

0:33:090:33:12

lots of colour, but she actually wanted them to be edible,

0:33:120:33:16

so a little bit of fun.

0:33:160:33:17

The pansy or viola here has edible flowers

0:33:170:33:20

and it's got this lovely kind of, I think,

0:33:200:33:24

like a peppery, lettuce taste.

0:33:240:33:27

And dianthus, also known as pinks,

0:33:270:33:30

they are quite subtle but there's a slight hint of cloves.

0:33:300:33:34

And these calendula or marigolds, with their lovely yellowy flowers,

0:33:340:33:38

sometimes with a hint of red,

0:33:380:33:40

are also great additions to salad, and these petals...

0:33:400:33:43

..a little bit of pepper again.

0:33:470:33:48

And this is just bog-standard lettuce,

0:33:480:33:50

but I think I've tried all the rest

0:33:500:33:52

of them, so I might as well sneak one leaf off.

0:33:520:33:55

Delicious. No hint of pepper at all.

0:33:570:33:59

Not all flowers are safe to eat,

0:34:010:34:03

so make sure you do your research before adding petals to your plate.

0:34:030:34:07

As the final touches are added to the raised beds,

0:34:130:34:15

all the hard landscaping is finally complete

0:34:150:34:18

and the landscapers take a well-earned break.

0:34:180:34:20

There's no rest for Charlie, though,

0:34:230:34:25

because she's keen to start placing the plants,

0:34:250:34:27

which will begin to bring this garden to life.

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Right, so, is anyone feeling strong?

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David, you're the only person in the garden.

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So, that Cordyline, do you fancy moving that

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and popping it about here?

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Break up the line.

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Time-wise, we are a bit tight now.

0:34:440:34:46

-Don't worry, I'm here.

-Good-oh.

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-So, cherry tree...

-Yeah?

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there.

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HE GROANS

0:34:520:34:54

Yeah.

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I'm popping in this little conifer here.

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This one I would recommend to anyone.

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Picea Glauca Albertaina Conica.

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After ten years,

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it's still only a metre high,

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and it keeps this wonderful pyramidal Christmas-tree shape.

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You don't have to do anything to it at all.

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So, I'm basically leaving this flowerbed empty

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so Dawn and Andrew can plant what they want in there.

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It's just a great height to sit and work and not so wide

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that you can't reach the centre.

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Harry is also planting conifers in the form of very elegant cypresses.

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Better get that upright.

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The trees Charlie's chosen will add much-needed height

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and vertical axis to the garden,

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screening out the houses at the back as they grow,

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and David has the tallest.

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So, I'm just about to plant this Sorbus or rowan,

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found a lot down in the valleys back in Wales, you know,

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a good old hometown tree.

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You've got these leaves which are really delicate

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and then they've got the flowers, they'll come out.

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Obviously, you get some really vivid red berries

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and then some gorgeous autumn colour, as well, so it's got a natural

0:36:240:36:27

but also quite ornamental presence in the garden.

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With the height taken care of,

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Charlie starts on the low-level planting beds,

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and she's chosen plants which will spread out,

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covering the ground and preventing weeds from growing,

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another must in a low-maintenance garden.

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So, these conifers come in all shapes and sizes.

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This one's a juniper, so it's nice and flat.

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It's Green Carpet, so it's really good for ground cover

0:36:510:36:54

but it's also just going to sort of spill over

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and break up the hard lines.

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Then, in contrast, we've got blue spruce

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and then I've interplanted with sort of blue and purple colours,

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so the Festuca and the ground cover of the Ajuga

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which will create a mat underneath the conifers

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and actually sort of highlight them and make them show out more.

0:37:150:37:19

The team's on the home stretch.

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Oh, beautiful.

0:37:260:37:28

-Perfect.

-Made-to-measure.

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Charlie has raided Andrew and Dawn's shed

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and has found some containers which she's putting to good use

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as a last-minute finishing touch,

0:37:370:37:39

and there's just one final thing to place.

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Charlie, where do you want this super-light alpine planter?

0:37:410:37:44

It's not 100% dried out yet, that's why it's still a bit heavy.

0:37:440:37:47

Um, I reckon maybe on the step there, but I'm not 100% sure.

0:37:470:37:51

Let's try it there.

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And I can safely say, "No, I don't like it there." It could go there.

0:37:580:38:02

And the other way round.

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And then back that way a bit.

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HE GROANS

0:38:100:38:12

Yeah, OK, I think that's all right.

0:38:120:38:14

-Do we think that's...?

-Oh, I love that.

-You like that, do you?

0:38:140:38:17

Don't get me to move that again.

0:38:170:38:19

Right, I think that's it.

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We did it! Woohoo!

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Before they called Charlie and the Rich brothers,

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Andrew and Dawn's drab and depressing garden,

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with its hodgepodge collection of paving and gravel,

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was in dire need of attention.

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But now, after a £2,500 face-lift,

0:38:430:38:46

it's been given a new lease of life.

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The dynamic angular paving gives the garden a new structure and purpose

0:38:510:38:55

and cost £750.

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The permanent benches are a thrifty addition,

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made with recycled slabs and scaffolding boards, costing £100.

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The colourful and accessible raised beds,

0:39:090:39:11

which will enable Andrew to potter to his heart's content,

0:39:110:39:14

cost a total of £150.

0:39:140:39:17

The living vertical screen is a novel and useful addition

0:39:190:39:23

to the garden and it's packed full of edibles.

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It came in at £160.

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Charlie's gone conifer crazy in this garden

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and spent £300 on these structural, easy-to-care-for evergreens.

0:39:330:39:37

She's also included a cherry tree at £75

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and a host of grasses and bedding plants which totalled £500.

0:39:420:39:47

So, step down...

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Every penny of the £2,500 budget has been maximised

0:39:500:39:53

to give Andrew and Dawn a safe, calm, usable space.

0:39:530:39:58

Now, it's the moment of truth for Charlie.

0:39:580:40:01

You can look now, if you like.

0:40:020:40:04

Are you ready?

0:40:040:40:06

Oh, wow.

0:40:060:40:08

Look at that. That is lovely.

0:40:080:40:10

Oh, yes. Oh, look at the colour on there!

0:40:100:40:14

-You like it?

-I love it.

0:40:140:40:16

-Love it.

-Yeah.

-I'm so glad you said that!

0:40:160:40:18

I am so glad with the colour.

0:40:180:40:20

When it came out the pot, I was a bit horrified,

0:40:200:40:24

-but it's gone nice and dark.

-It dried. It's dried.

0:40:240:40:27

Charlie took a bit of a leap going for a bright colour,

0:40:270:40:30

-but it definitely brightens up the space.

-I agree.

0:40:300:40:32

So, we've got this nice big step when you come out...

0:40:320:40:35

-Yeah.

-..the door.

0:40:350:40:37

And then, you step down onto a nice hard surface.

0:40:370:40:40

Yes, yes, lovely.

0:40:400:40:42

That is really nice.

0:40:420:40:44

We have your raised beds here, so we've left space for you to potter,

0:40:440:40:49

so you can sit on the edge, Andrew.

0:40:490:40:51

-Oh, look at the cherry tree, as well.

-I know, it's just lovely.

0:40:510:40:54

And it's going to fill that whole space there, so...

0:40:540:40:58

Gorgeous tree. You know, it's going to look beautiful.

0:40:580:41:00

-It looks gorgeous in flower, doesn't it?

-Yeah.

0:41:000:41:03

-Great shape.

-It does sort of make you want to go

0:41:030:41:06

-down that way, doesn't it?

-Draws you down.

-Definitely, yes.

0:41:060:41:09

I love the re-use of the slabs.

0:41:090:41:11

They work really well, don't they?

0:41:110:41:12

Yeah, gives it lovely lines.

0:41:120:41:14

-The ridged effect. Absolutely lovely.

-Really nice.

0:41:140:41:17

Charlie coming up with that little idea, it's really smart, I love it.

0:41:170:41:20

It's quite different, as well, isn't it?

0:41:200:41:22

-It's quite architectural, isn't it?

-Yeah.

0:41:220:41:25

So, have a perch on...

0:41:250:41:27

..your reclaimed seat.

0:41:280:41:30

-Fantastic.

-Lovely, yes.

0:41:300:41:33

-Just the right height.

-That is just so nice.

0:41:330:41:35

It's lovely looking back, isn't it?

0:41:350:41:37

That's what we liked right from the start, that different perspective.

0:41:370:41:41

And then the boys have been really busy on your edible wall.

0:41:410:41:46

OK, so the plants we've got in there,

0:41:470:41:50

you can eat all the petals on that.

0:41:500:41:52

Oh, pretty food, OK.

0:41:520:41:54

Pretty food, but of course...

0:41:540:41:55

Oh, wow, look at that!

0:41:560:41:58

It swings open so you've got access to get to the shed door.

0:41:580:42:03

-Very clever.

-Yes, very clever.

0:42:030:42:06

Oh, handy work, Dave.

0:42:060:42:08

A little bit of me, bit of you.

0:42:080:42:10

Teamwork comes off, doesn't it?

0:42:100:42:11

They'll have petals galore in their salad now.

0:42:110:42:14

And how have you found it, Andrew, walking about on it?

0:42:140:42:16

Absolutely fine, yes, good and level.

0:42:160:42:18

No tripping up.

0:42:180:42:20

No, because there were a few trip hazards before.

0:42:200:42:23

Definitely, yes.

0:42:230:42:25

And with the raised beds,

0:42:250:42:26

it's going to make it really nice and easy for me for the gardening,

0:42:260:42:30

-so it's going to make a big, big difference, yes.

-Beautiful.

0:42:300:42:34

So, has Charlie delivered everything Andrew and Dawn were hoping for?

0:42:380:42:41

I think it's transformed the garden.

0:42:430:42:46

Yeah, the architectural plants I love.

0:42:460:42:48

Love the conifers, love the cherry tree.

0:42:480:42:51

It just makes you feel like you want to be out here more.

0:42:540:42:56

Even sitting in the house and looking out at the garden,

0:42:560:42:59

it's so much more inviting.

0:42:590:43:01

It was barren before but now it looks fabulous.

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Charlie Dimmock and the Rich brothers are asked to transform a sea of dingy gravel and paving. Owners Andrew and Dawn are eager for a peaceful haven. Whose design will fall on stony ground?