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Garden renovation series. Charlie Dimmock and the Rich brothers compete to design a £3,000 Ibiza-themed party garden for a family in Wokingham.


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With her can-do attitude, love of simple gardens and decades of

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

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Looking good, boys!

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

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We want to be the brothers

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that change people's perceptions of gardens.

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

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-Wow.

-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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Wow!

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..and budget.

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That sounds amazing.

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Doesn't look like it could be our garden.

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The winner...

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CHEERING

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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. Easy!

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This is what happens...

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

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..when different styles collide...

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

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Right, are we doing this?

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..to turn garden dreams into reality.

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-Open your eyes.

-Oh!

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Oh, it's lovely.

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-Wow!

-Look at that!

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Wow! It's not our garden!

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

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today's garden challenge.

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This is right up your street, boys, I tell you.

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Richard and Fleur, daughter Jasmine.

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They want a party garden.

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-It DOES sound right up our street.

-All the parties that we have!

-Yeah!

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-You know us so well, Charlie!

-And no pressure,

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but Fleur is an interior designer.

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So she'll know her way around a design scheme.

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Quite looking forward to seeing what her house looks like now!

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When Fleur and Richard, along with their 16-year-old daughter, Jasmine,

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moved into their home in Berkshire a year ago,

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they were determined to transform its tired decor,

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and have created their perfect home.

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It's been a very busy year doing the house,

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which we've really enjoyed doing.

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We've increased the size, making it more open plan.

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We've spent six months where we've had no roof,

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and we've had dust everywhere and things like that.

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We want to just kick back, sit in the garden, glass of wine,

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and just look at what we've done.

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And have some great parties and enjoy what we've done, yes.

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The couple have spent thousands transforming their house

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into a chic space worthy of an interiors magazine.

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Now they want a garden to match.

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We want to be able to pull the doors back and just walk out to

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something which is, you know, hopefully spectacular.

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The only trouble is,

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right now, the garden is more ow than wow!

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It's the wow factor that's missing from our garden.

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It's just grass with a bit of sand and rubble at the top.

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Richard recycled the rubble generated by the house renovations

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and used it as hard-core for the patio he intended to build.

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But then he ran out of steam.

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Looks like they've started, really.

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-Yeah.

-They've sort of built this up.

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-Looks like it needs a little bit more done to it.

-Yes!

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-To become that party garden.

-Yeah.

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When it comes to interiors, this couple know their stuff.

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But the garden is a different story.

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We don't know what to do with the planting,

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so it's a very difficult one to try and visualise.

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We can see straight lines and stuff like that, but when it comes to

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planting, we're clueless.

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So not only are they turning to Charlie and the Rich brothers

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for help, they're prepared to spend to get what they want.

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We've got £4,000 left for the budget for the garden. And we think that

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will give us enough to transform the garden to what we want it to be.

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-It doesn't sound too bad, does it?

-It's quite a big garden.

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It looks like there needs to be quite a lot of work done to it.

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A lot of hard landscaping there,

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that looks like, which makes the budget disappear.

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-Well, I think £4,000 will be enough to get the party started!

-Yeah.

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£4,000 is a tidy sum, even for a garden this size.

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But when it comes to the party theme,

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Fleur's not thinking party poppers and the hokey cokey -

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her sights are set much higher than that.

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My lovely idea would be for the garden to have the Ibiza theme,

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where it's very chilled, it's very white.

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So you can just go out there and enjoy the garden and just sit

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with your friends, listening to great music.

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This makes this garden an even bigger challenge for the designers.

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The more palatial villas in Ibiza are known for their elegant gardens.

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Featuring whitewashed walls and minimalist planting, they

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seamlessly link the outdoor with the indoor.

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Making them the perfect place for after-party get-togethers.

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But they can cost tens of thousands.

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So turning Fleur and Richard's tired plot

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into a piece of Balearic paradise

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could eat up their four grand budget in no time.

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But Charlie and the Rich brothers love a challenge.

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So they're heading to Wokingham

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to get a first-hand look at what they're dealing with.

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They'll both be competing for the contract, so are on the hunt

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for anything that gives them an edge.

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And one thing they want to get a closer look at

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is the sad, abandoned patio area.

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At least some of the structure's already done.

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We know that they probably want to put some sort of seating here.

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-Right, shall we go on into the garden?

-Explore!

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It looks like Fleur and Richard have already had a go

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at creating an outdoor party pad.

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Now, I like this. A seating area like this is great.

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Everyone goes, "Oh, I want to sit in the sun!"

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until it's boiling hot, and everyone wants to sit in the shade.

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Yeah, and I think it's nice backing on to something as well, isn't it?

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-That intimacy.

-Yeah. Quite a few containers as well.

-Mmm.

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There's a lot of garden to fill for four grand,

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especially if the couple want top-spec materials.

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So the boys want to see what Fleur has done with the house.

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If they want something similar in the garden,

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it could be very expensive.

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-Oh, it's very white in here, isn't it?

-It is. Very minimal.

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Yeah. I think what I quite like about it is it's an open-plan room,

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-but it's got those individual zones.

-Yeah.

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-And each area is quite well considered and well laid out.

-Yes.

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It's all one but definitely divided. It's nice.

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Outside, Charlie is trying to manage the couple's expectations.

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Now, £4,000 is quite a lot of money. But the garden is big,

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-so you wouldn't be able to do the whole garden for that.

-No.

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Are there certain areas that you want to stick to?

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We'd love to concentrate on the area just outside the doors.

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Because that's sort of the main entertaining area.

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So that's where we'd like to do.

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-It's a great view onto the garden, isn't it?

-It is, yeah.

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I think when you've got a view like this,

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the key is really going to be reflecting the interior

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-in the garden.

-Yeah.

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And by picking up the colour or details or textures, then you do

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-extend this space outside.

-Yeah. And I think these slabs are crucial,

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-aren't they?

-Yeah.

-The minimal, white look.

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So we need to draw that out into the garden,

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-otherwise you'll have too much of a contrast, aren't you?

-Yes.

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And what sort of plants are you looking for?

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We love contemporary plants.

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Sort of spiky, that type of thing. We'd love a herb area.

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So we can grow mint for the mojitos!

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Oh, OK! So you're really going down the party route!

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This garden is shaping up to be a real test.

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Fleur and Richard want the Ibiza-inspired wow-factor

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they've achieved in the house, but this is a big garden to fill,

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even for four grand.

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So Charlie and the Rich brothers get straight to work.

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Each of them will come up with a design that matches

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Fleur and Richard's style and their budget.

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Their £4,000 will be used to cover the cost of the materials for their

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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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Once they've presented their designs,

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the couple will then have to choose a winner.

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And whoever loses will help the winner to build the garden.

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It's time for the big pitch.

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Charlie's tried to convince the couple to focus their budget

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on one area of the garden.

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But will that leave her design looking a bit bare?

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While the boys have been inspired by the design of the house.

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But does that mean they'll go all-out and blow the budget?

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Right. So here's our design.

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Going with your party theme,

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I'm trying to give you party, but relaxed party,

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where you'll feel that you are in a Mediterranean type of area.

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Brilliant.

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The patio area, I want to keep it nice and sleek - light slabs,

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very uniform, and then out in front of this section here,

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we've got some decking.

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To get on and off of the deck area, I've got a boardwalk,

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and I've got it going over a dry riverbed.

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So it's not water, but it will look like it,

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-with the planting and using a reflective surface.

-Yeah.

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Charlie has set the bar high -

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a contemporary patio and a boardwalk that gives off that holiday vibe.

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How will the boys respond?

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We really wanted the garden to reflect the interior of your home.

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So it's really stylish, it's all quite well thought-out.

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What we wanted to do is create these individual spaces

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that have their own unique character.

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So you've got these paths that open up into these

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lovelier big open areas, with a large terrace here.

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What's the patio made of?

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-Is it just...

-It would be a natural stone, but just minimal, light,

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-try and keep that rhythm from the house in the garden.

-Brilliant.

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So, both designers have embraced the party theme and gone for a

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contemporary, sleek, minimal patio, to match the interior of the house.

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But to create that Ibiza garden look, the planting will be key.

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I want to give you the wow factor with big,

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bold in-your-face type of plants.

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So we're talking bananas, palms, cordylines -

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big, bold foliage,

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so it will give you a bit of height around the patio area.

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So with the planting, we want to give you these lovely linear beds of rosemary.

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They give that a good bit of structure throughout the year,

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and that lovely scent as well, because I think that's really

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important to kind of act on all the senses.

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And then the large planting beds of grasses,

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and just a selection of perennials that come up throughout the year,

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but, again, it just draws on that idea that it's that

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Mediterranean style, it's quite minimal, quite arid.

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The boys are going for it.

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They think they can transform the whole garden for the money,

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while Charlie is focusing on two separate seating areas and spending

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the budget on big architectural plants.

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I wanted to create another area to the garden down this end,

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so I've done staggered panels

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and then we plant through with evergreens.

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This would be an area to sit in the shade, you know,

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if you've got lots of people here.

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Sometimes you don't all want to sit together.

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-No.

-No, no.

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Both designs are going down well,

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but the boys have come up with one last Ibiza-inspired touch that

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they hope will swing the decision.

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One element within the design are these white walls here.

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These walls not only create

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the structure and separate the individual rooms,

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but they also allow you to kind of perch lamps on top,

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so in the evenings you can have them lit up,

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and it just creates that perspective that runs down the garden

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and allows your garden to feel larger.

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Lovely.

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But not to be outdone,

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Charlie's saved her own piece de resistance till last -

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an elegant water feature with a twist.

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I've just gone for a stainless steel, brushed stainless steel

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water blade, that you then plant up the top with herbs.

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So I'm thinking of your mint, but maybe thyme,

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or you could just have lots of different types of mint -

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Moroccan mint,

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apple mint, chocolate mint, the whole lot.

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Charlie's remembered the couple's fondness for a refreshing cocktail,

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but will it prove decisive?

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Lovely, thank you.

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With the pitch over, it's now down to Richard and Fleur.

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They're both really good, it's a really hard decision to make.

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I love the fact that it's really linear,

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the really contemporary look.

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-Yeah.

-But I love the fact that it's got the two different textures here.

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-Feeling confident?

-They got a sort of bit of glee when I mentioned the

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water feature and the dry river.

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Oooh, hands up, we didn't have a water feature.

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-That might sway it.

-Yeah.

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I like the way it uses the whole garden and goes through.

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-This is a really nice detail.

-Yeah, it is.

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We did nail the Ibiza theme, though, I feel.

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-Yeah?

-A little bit more minimal than just kind of crazy party garden,

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but I think we have that nice sort of balance between

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interior, exterior.

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We'll wait and see, won't we? Wait and see.

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The couple can only pick one design,

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so will they be swayed by the Rich brothers' expansive schemes of

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white walls, garden rooms and sleek, minimal touches?

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Or will they go for Charlie's two rooms, featuring bold planting,

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a water feature and an enticing boardwalk?

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It's decision time.

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-Here they come.

-Oooh.

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-Hello.

-Hi, hi.

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That was really difficult.

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You've both captured what we wanted, and we loved both of them,

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so thank you for that.

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But we have decided to go with Charlie's.

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Yeah, well done.

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The reason we chose this is because

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we think looking out from the patio doors,

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the foreground here is going to be, you know,

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nicer to look at here.

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I've spent all the money on a very small area.

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-We like that.

-So Ibiza here we come!

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-Yeah.

-Mojitos all round.

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Yes!

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So, putting all the wow factor up front has won it for Charlie,

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but she has promised Fleur and Richard statement planting,

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a huge patio, decking area and boardwalk, plus a water feature.

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To pull all this off for £4,000,

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she is really going to need the boys' help.

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It's day one of the build in Wokingham,

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and while Charlie is away fine-tuning her Ibiza party garden design,

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she's instructed her trusty team of landscapers - Alan, Mark and Scott -

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to get cracking, under the watchful eye of Kate, the project manager.

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So that comes out a metre, so we come out a metre,

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then we come out two metres.

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Central to Charlie's design is the large entertaining space that flows

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out from the house. She decided to divide the area into two zones,

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using decking for one area and tiles for the other.

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But straightaway, Kate has noticed an issue

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with the decking boards she's ordered.

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Time to call the boss for a quick chat.

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Hi, Charlie, it's Kate here.

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-'Hello.'

-We're just putting the deck in...

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-'Right.'

-..and I know on your lovely design you had it coming slightly

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further out from the extension, but all the lengths are 4x8, which,

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coincidentally, is the exact same length as the extension.

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Would you mind if we kept it flush?

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-'Keep it flush.'

-Is that OK?

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-Lovely.

-'That's fine.'

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Oh, brilliant. That will save a lot of time, as well.

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Thanks, Charlie, I'll see you later. Bye.

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'Bye!'

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Not having to cut the boards will speed up work and create a neater

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finish - it's definitely worth sacrificing a few inches of deck

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for a cleaner look.

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Running flush to the deck,

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and to echo the couple's minimalist interior,

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Charlie's chosen large 60x90 tiles,

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butted right up against each other for a sleek, contemporary look.

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Altogether, this area of hard landscaping

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will be a whopping 45 square metres.

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If you're going to include a lot of hard landscaping in your garden,

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the trick is to avoid too much of one material,

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otherwise you'll end up with a car park, not a patio.

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Using varying-sized slabs breaks up the lines of the patio,

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so it doesn't look too blocky.

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By spacing the slabs out,

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gaps can be filled with sand and pebbles for a more natural or rustic

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look. These can also be interplanted with herbs, such as thyme,

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to give it that cottagey feel.

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Different paving choices work with different gardens.

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Brick adds rustic charm to a traditional garden,

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while slate and sandstone give a sleek finish to contemporary spaces.

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In the garden in Wokingham,

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using material to connect the inside with the outside will encourage

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guests to explore the new garden when it's party time.

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With the hard landscaping well underway,

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boss Charlie is eager to take command

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and is keen to set the boys to work.

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-Here we go, then.

-Yes.

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How are you feeling? Cos this garden is going to be all about that front

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-view, isn't it?

-Yeah,

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and I know it looks like it's already prepped and done,

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but in actual fact we've got all the slabs, do the decking,

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preferably keeping them at the same level,

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because I want it to look nice and sleek,

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but then I've got the planters on there as well,

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and then there's the boardwalk.

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Water feature?

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Water feature, and a dry riverbed.

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Oh, crikey.

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And then you guys are doing the screening at the back of the garden.

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That kind of staggered...

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Yeah, so it's all sleek, modern, textures.

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I thought Charlie was talking about me and you then, Dave.

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Sleek and modern?

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Don't hold your breath there, boys!

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While the boys head down the garden to make a start on the screening...

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..Charlie's first priority is to check out her water feature,

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which has just arrived.

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The great thing about this is it's a kit,

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so it all comes prepared with the hose built-in,

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so it's a really clean, sleek look.

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So that's our submersible pump, that will sit down in here...

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And just attach the hose to it, like that,

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and it's got built-in lights.

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There's going to be bright white lights across there,

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picking up the Ibiza chillax mode.

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-Or, sort of...

-SHE SIGHS

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Swap.

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At the bottom of the garden,

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the boys have finished digging the holes for the fence posts.

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What we're looking for, two foot.

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Perfect.

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Time to get on the posts.

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Charlie has designed some bespoke fencing screens to create privacy

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at this end of the garden.

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Each screen will be offset slightly

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to create depth and add a three-dimensional element.

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They'll later be inter-planted with evergreens

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to break-up the hard lines of the timber.

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With the posts in the ground,

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Harry and David fill the holes with the post-mix concrete...

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The last bit. Waste not, want not.

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..which sets fast, so they need to make sure they are straight.

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The Rich brothers do it again.

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The temptation with boundaries is

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to just buy a fence panel off-the-shelf.

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With this one, it's bespoke, you know,

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it links in with the rest of the design,

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so it's going to really complement it.

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And it comes in at about half the price.

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For a length of fencing like this, you're looking at about £100.

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This is coming in at £40. So it's a no-brainer.

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Back down the other end,

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Charlie is making a start on digging out the planting beds

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that will eventually flank the boardwalk.

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And Fleur is making sure the workers are sufficiently lubricated.

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-How's it going?

-We are, sort of, getting there.

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You can start to see some of the structure.

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-But I have a request.

-OK.

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You have lots of lovely things in containers.

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-Yes.

-Which pick up the Ibiza theme, being white, you know,

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you've got bamboos, cordylines,

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-and I did notice you've got lots and lots of olives.

-Yes.

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Now, although they do look lovely in containers,

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what happens is, after a couple of years, if you don't keep up feeding

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them and watering them properly,

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they start to weaken and look a bit sickly.

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So I'm wondering if we can plant them out to give you an olive grove,

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which, once they're in the ground, they've got unlimited nutrients,

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unlimited moisture,

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so they reach their full potential and will look fantastic.

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I'd love that. I really would.

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I mean, I buy them because I think they look pretty,

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but I don't know how to look after them.

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-That's great.

-It's getting to the time of day that we want

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-you and Richard to trundle away. Is that all right?

-Yeah, no problem.

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You won't be twitching, going, "What are they doing?"

0:22:380:22:41

-We trust you.

-OK.

-And I love what we've seen so far.

0:22:410:22:44

Oh, that's a good thing. Right, well.

0:22:440:22:47

-Thank you, OK, see you later.

-Off you go.

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-I'll let you finish your coffee first.

-Thank you.

0:22:480:22:51

While the brothers wait for the concrete to set around fence posts,

0:22:530:22:57

they're cracking on with the decking.

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And it looks like the boss's design is growing on them.

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It's nice having the two separate materials in this area.

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-Yes.

-Because that's quite a large space, isn't it?

0:23:060:23:08

Definitely having the modern, sleek slab there, kind of

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really complements the inside.

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Whereas what Charlie's done here, having the wood,

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it's a lot more natural, a lot more warming.

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And it's definitely playing off the architecture of the building.

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It has this cosy feeling. So once the seating's in there,

0:23:210:23:23

I think it's going to create this beautiful space to sit.

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It does. That's probably where I'd find myself to be.

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To add a Balearic touch between the deck and the patio,

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Charlie's including a strip of different-sized pebbles.

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We've got the small stuff, the big stuff, and the medium stuff,

0:23:350:23:38

and it's quite nice, isn't it?

0:23:380:23:40

Again, I think she's all about textures here.

0:23:400:23:42

She's all about textures. By using three different materials,

0:23:420:23:45

we've got that modern, contemporary dance-floor feeling.

0:23:450:23:47

We've got that warm textured seating space.

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Then we've got this natural, very much Ibiza-style

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gravel in the middle.

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This garden has one purpose and one purpose only - to be an inviting,

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entertaining space for Richard and Fleur's big social get-togethers.

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At The Roof Gardens in Kensington in London, the head gardeners have been

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doing just that since the gardens were opened in 1938.

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For the purpose of entertaining weary shoppers

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at Derry & Toms department store.

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Today, the purpose of the garden is broadly the same -

0:24:220:24:26

to provide a relaxing retreat for city dwellers,

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and it falls to head gardener Pilar Medrano-Dell

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to create the perfect setting.

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To create entertaining spaces in the garden, it's essential to create

0:24:350:24:40

maybe some intimate areas where people can gather.

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And you're having a cocktail or a glass of wine

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and then move onto another area, hop around a little bit.

0:24:450:24:49

We want people to come and feel relaxed here,

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and feel they can have fun, also.

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The addition of statement plants and unusual architecture around this

0:24:570:25:01

space add a wow factor to the gardens.

0:25:010:25:03

I think it's important to create focal points in the garden

0:25:030:25:06

where people are going to be able to talk about

0:25:060:25:08

what's happening around them.

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For example, we've created a living wall with herbs.

0:25:100:25:14

You can touch them. You can look at them.

0:25:140:25:16

You can try them. And, of course, we've got flamingos.

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We may be six floors above a busy London street,

0:25:230:25:26

but flamingos have been part of The Roof Garden since the 1950s.

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The current residents are Bill and Ben,

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and Splosh and Pecks.

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Different themes within a garden are also essential for setting the tone

0:25:410:25:45

of the space. And at The Roof Gardens

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they have a Spanish garden, a Tudor garden,

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and an English woodland garden,

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each with its own unique character and atmosphere.

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In the Spanish garden, we have a lot of hot colours.

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It's very vibrant.

0:26:010:26:02

It's colourful. There's lots of light.

0:26:020:26:05

You get a sense of fun.

0:26:050:26:06

And that's the kind of atmosphere

0:26:060:26:07

that we want to bring to this garden.

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Then you walk through a Tudor walkway with a more formal atmosphere,

0:26:130:26:17

which makes it a little bit more elegant.

0:26:170:26:20

And the English woodland garden, because there's water,

0:26:230:26:26

it's a little bit more relaxing, people look at the ducks.

0:26:260:26:29

That's why we have these different areas

0:26:330:26:35

where we create three different atmospheres.

0:26:350:26:38

Back in Wokingham,

0:26:460:26:47

setting the right tone for Fleur and Richard's party garden

0:26:470:26:50

is all-important, which is why Charlie is bringing out the bling.

0:26:500:26:54

Keeping that Ibiza theme going,

0:26:550:26:58

there's going to be another project for you boys.

0:26:580:27:01

-Lay it on us.

-So, this is going to be a raised bed here.

0:27:010:27:04

-Yeah?

-But it's going to be made from brushed, sort of, stainless steel.

0:27:040:27:08

-Nice.

-OK? To give that blingy-type effect.

0:27:080:27:11

And it'll pick up the water feature.

0:27:110:27:13

-OK.

-So, a nice, sleek, neat finish to this,

0:27:130:27:16

and then cap it off with some timber.

0:27:160:27:18

You can trust us, Charlie.

0:27:180:27:20

-Spit spot.

-Chop chop.

0:27:200:27:22

The boys' list of jobs is mounting, and they still need to complete

0:27:240:27:28

the fencing screens at the end of the garden.

0:27:280:27:30

We've pre-painted these boards in grey.

0:27:350:27:38

We've got a dark one at the back and a light one at the front.

0:27:380:27:40

And this really gives, kind of, depth and texture to this fence.

0:27:400:27:44

We're using this in a horizontal fashion,

0:27:500:27:52

but you don't have to do that. There's many different ways.

0:27:520:27:55

You could have it upright, so, vertical.

0:27:550:27:58

You could do it more of, like, a dog tooth, or a herringbone,

0:27:580:28:01

that would be quite a traditional way.

0:28:010:28:02

Basically, there's no real limits, especially the colours,

0:28:020:28:05

you could do that to fit your theme in the house,

0:28:050:28:07

or any different style that you like.

0:28:070:28:09

There we are.

0:28:190:28:20

-Done.

-One in, three to go.

0:28:200:28:22

Let's crack on.

0:28:220:28:24

The big, bold planting design close to the house really swung it for

0:28:260:28:29

Charlie when Richard and Fleur were deciding which design to choose.

0:28:290:28:34

So she wants to make sure the plants live up to their expectations.

0:28:340:28:38

Well, this is great, the plants have arrived,

0:28:410:28:43

and we've got some really fantastic ones for around the patio.

0:28:430:28:46

Architectural plants are plants that have got that big, bold, wow factor,

0:28:460:28:51

and you notice them straightaway in a garden.

0:28:510:28:54

So they've got very simple leaves.

0:28:540:28:57

We've got big banana leaves. Or spiky.

0:28:570:29:00

Or they've got a good structure to them.

0:29:000:29:02

So they're, sort of, right in your face and you see them straightaway.

0:29:020:29:06

Other plants we've got...

0:29:060:29:08

This is our underplanting,

0:29:090:29:11

which will frame our dramatic architectural plants.

0:29:110:29:15

And I'm going for a contemporary feel.

0:29:150:29:17

So there's not much variety, but they're very different in style.

0:29:170:29:21

So, we've got a very loose shape.

0:29:210:29:23

Again, we've got the structure of the fern leaf.

0:29:230:29:26

And then we've got the black turf lily,

0:29:260:29:30

which will really pull out the Ibiza feel against the white slabs.

0:29:300:29:35

Back in the garden, the landscapers are racing ahead with the decking.

0:29:400:29:44

While the boys are making a start on the raised planters.

0:29:450:29:49

With the paving nearly complete, Charlie can get to grips

0:29:520:29:55

with the water feature in the corner of the patio.

0:29:550:29:58

That's definitely not level.

0:30:000:30:02

It's tipping backwards.

0:30:020:30:04

Too many mojitos it's had.

0:30:040:30:05

That looks all right to me.

0:30:120:30:14

Now that the patio is fixed,

0:30:150:30:17

the landscapers have a straight edge to build the boardwalk on.

0:30:170:30:22

In her design, Charlie has used this boardwalk as a way to link

0:30:220:30:26

her modern patio area with the rest of the garden.

0:30:260:30:29

And by having it snaked out through the planting,

0:30:290:30:32

it also create intrigue, enticing visitors to explore.

0:30:320:30:36

You can see the boardwalk is starting to take shape now.

0:30:380:30:42

My idea is that the boardwalk helps you, sort of, float over the plants,

0:30:420:30:47

and look down on them.

0:30:470:30:49

I want to try to evoke those memories of

0:30:490:30:52

Richard and Fleur's holidays in Ibiza,

0:30:520:30:54

where I'm sure they must have walked on many boardwalks

0:30:540:30:57

to get down to the beach.

0:30:570:30:59

With the timber cut to size, the boys are ready to start assembling

0:31:090:31:13

the stainless-steel-clad planter for up on the patio.

0:31:130:31:16

There we are. Charlie, where do you want your coffee table?

0:31:200:31:23

SHE LAUGHS

0:31:230:31:24

Is that my planter, is it?

0:31:240:31:26

-It is.

-It's the beginning of it.

-Wow, smart.

0:31:260:31:29

Very good. Well done.

0:31:290:31:30

Don't touch it, don't touch it. Don't touch it!

0:31:300:31:34

-So, the metal is going to...

-Yeah.

0:31:340:31:37

You're going to bring that up.

0:31:370:31:39

My lovely assistant will show us now.

0:31:390:31:42

Go on, give us a tune.

0:31:420:31:43

The idea is to have that...

0:31:430:31:45

That's it, right, cool, take that round.

0:31:450:31:48

-Fabulous.

-Right, we'll bend it round and then show you.

-Yeah.

0:31:480:31:52

Right, if we line this up at the top.

0:31:520:31:55

And the planters aren't the only use Charlie has for these large,

0:31:560:31:59

steel sheets. They make the ideal base for a fake water feature.

0:31:590:32:03

This is going to be the ultimate low-maintenance water feature,

0:32:040:32:08

ie, there is no water in it at all.

0:32:080:32:10

That just gives the impression of water,

0:32:100:32:13

and then we're going to dress round with cobbles and plants overhanging,

0:32:130:32:17

so it'll look like a riverbed with a little trickle of water just,

0:32:170:32:22

sort of, sitting in the bottom.

0:32:220:32:23

Now we've tacked it in, so it's holding firm,

0:32:320:32:34

what we're going to do is we're going to bend it round this upright.

0:32:340:32:38

Nice and tight, and then it should end flush with this upright here,

0:32:380:32:42

and then we'll tack it in.

0:32:420:32:44

Right, I'll go around here and hold it, you can do the bending.

0:32:440:32:47

Look at that.

0:32:490:32:51

With the base of the dry river in place,

0:32:570:32:59

Charlie wastes no time

0:32:590:33:00

in getting the structural plants into the garden.

0:33:000:33:04

I'm placing all the big plants first.

0:33:040:33:06

What I'm trying to do is

0:33:060:33:08

obscure the view of the whole garden from the kitchen.

0:33:080:33:13

And this will become a room on its own.

0:33:130:33:16

Then we're going to have the boardwalk that will bring you out

0:33:160:33:20

onto another vista.

0:33:200:33:21

By dividing the garden into different rooms,

0:33:230:33:25

Charlie's hoping to separate intimate spaces

0:33:250:33:28

within the whole design.

0:33:280:33:29

But the concept of dividing a garden into a succession of rooms

0:33:320:33:36

with different purposes is nothing new.

0:33:360:33:38

Some of the most famous, historic gardens in Britain,

0:33:420:33:45

such as Sissinghurst Castle Gardens in Kent,

0:33:450:33:48

were built around this principle.

0:33:480:33:50

Modern gardens, such as this one in Essex, designed by Patricia Cox,

0:33:520:33:57

put their own spin on the theme.

0:33:570:33:59

This contemporary space brings the inside out,

0:34:040:34:07

and extends the living space into the garden -

0:34:070:34:10

with a dining room enclosed by low box hedging,

0:34:100:34:14

and an outside lounge tucked behind a cosy stone wall and fireplace.

0:34:140:34:18

It's this design look that Charlie is hoping to achieve

0:34:230:34:26

in Fleur and Richard's garden in Wokingham -

0:34:260:34:29

extending the living space out from their house,

0:34:290:34:32

and then subtly screening it with plants to retain privacy.

0:34:320:34:35

So, this is a black bamboo.

0:34:380:34:41

We will probably clear the lower bit to show off the stems a bit more.

0:34:410:34:45

In actual fact, just here, I don't mind if this really clumps up,

0:34:450:34:49

because I'm trying to create a wall of foliage

0:34:490:34:52

along this bit of the boardwalk.

0:34:520:34:54

Roll your olive into place, and try and get it out the pot.

0:35:070:35:12

Come on, little olive, you know you want to.

0:35:130:35:16

There we go.

0:35:160:35:17

Sort of in the middle of the middle, yeah?

0:35:260:35:29

-Right.

-Look at you, boys.

0:35:290:35:31

I know, check us out.

0:35:310:35:33

-Right, down.

-Look at that.

0:35:330:35:36

We'll have to give it a little... Here we are.

0:35:360:35:38

This is Charlie's fourth texture going in the garden,

0:35:380:35:41

the galvanised steel.

0:35:410:35:42

It works really nicely with the water feature that she's got there.

0:35:420:35:45

I think it's another bespoke thing in the garden -

0:35:450:35:48

we've got the bespoke fencing,

0:35:480:35:49

bespoke planters, bespoke boardwalk, so it's a really special garden.

0:35:490:35:52

-All it needs is some banana trees now.

-I know.

-Just there.

0:35:520:35:56

-Nice.

-Three bananas.

0:35:560:35:58

Love it. It's going to look really cool.

0:35:580:36:00

Two monkeys.

0:36:000:36:01

SHE LAUGHS

0:36:010:36:04

While bananas are tender plants,

0:36:040:36:05

there are some hardy varieties, like Musa basjoo,

0:36:050:36:08

that can survive outside over the winter in milder parts of the UK.

0:36:080:36:12

However, it's still recommended to wrap them in hessian or fleece

0:36:160:36:20

during the colder months. Especially when they are first planted.

0:36:200:36:23

To extend the feel of the patio area into the garden,

0:36:270:36:31

Charlie weaves the sheets of steel through the architectural plants,

0:36:310:36:35

and adds light-coloured pebbles and bright white cobbles

0:36:350:36:38

to create the feel of a riverbed.

0:36:380:36:41

So, do you see the effect?

0:36:410:36:43

It looks like water, doesn't it, really?

0:36:430:36:45

It gives a bit of reflection.

0:36:450:36:47

And once you get a few plants around it,

0:36:470:36:49

it just softens it, and a few cobbles, and we're there.

0:36:490:36:52

Before the makeover,

0:37:170:37:18

Fleur and Richard's garden was a hotchpotch of half-started projects

0:37:180:37:22

and outdated elements.

0:37:220:37:24

It wasn't a great garden for entertaining,

0:37:240:37:26

and it definitely lacked that wow factor.

0:37:260:37:29

Now it's had a £4,000 makeover,

0:37:370:37:40

and Charlie and the Rich brothers have gone all-out to give the couple

0:37:400:37:44

as much bang for their buck as possible.

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Charlie spent £340 on the simple yet stylish

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self-contained water feature with a herb planter

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and LED lights to really give the garden that party vibe.

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And the bespoke stainless steel planter

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that gives the raised garden beds some matching bling

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only cost £120 to build.

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While the boardwalk and dry riverbed

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that evoke holiday memories and trips to the beach

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were constructed for just under £450.

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The plants were key to making a big statement with this garden

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and cost £700.

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Including the three banana trees

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which give the garden that extra wow factor,

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and cost only £25 each.

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And the all-important smooth finish Indian sandstone paving

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that seamlessly connects the interior and exterior of the house.

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To give the garden that classic contemporary feel

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cost just under £1,000.

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Fleur and Richard wanted a spectacular garden that would wow

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their friends and entertain their guests...

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..whilst bringing some Balearic cool to Wokingham.

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It's time to find out if Charlie has delivered.

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OK, open your eyes.

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Oh, wow.

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-This is brilliant.

-Oh, my goodness.

-Oh, wow.

-Oh...

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-Absolutely brilliant.

-Wow, that's...

-Does it say Ibiza?

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-It really does.

-It's absolutely fantastic.

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Oh, I'm so pleased.

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I love the banana plants.

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Good, it's all about the banana plants.

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They love the bananas. They've got lovely leaves.

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It looks really nice. Love the theme.

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I love having, like, a really architectural plant like that,

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especially on something quite minimal.

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Big dance area for you.

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-This is absolutely lovely.

-Brilliant.

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-And the decking over here.

-Yes, so come and...

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This is the chill-out zone around here.

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-I'll be happy with that.

-Oh, look at the plants.

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So, yeah, we've gone for the big contrast between the lime green

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of the bananas and we thought the black turf lily,

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they come up with little white, purple flowers.

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It looks like they love that little area around the corner, the decking.

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I think it just makes it a bit cosy, doesn't it?

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The really cool seating area.

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And then we've got your water feature, and what's in the top?

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-Give it a little pinch.

-Go on.

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-Mint for my mojito.

-Mojitos.

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-Loving the mint, look at that.

-A nice smell.

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Yeah, nice, that's quite cool, isn't it?

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-A bit of sensory.

-Yeah.

-Overload of sensory,

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you've got smell and you've got sight and you've got sound.

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So, then we wander to your boardwalk,

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and you'll see a dry riverbed with your grove of olives.

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-It's just great, isn't it?

-And look at the olive trees,

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they look so much healthier already.

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Already. So, this is going to be a very jungly walkway through.

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Wow.

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And wander down to the very chillaxed zone at the bottom here.

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They're walking down to the bespoke fence.

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Admiring our handiwork, mate. We should be pleased.

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-FLEUR:

-That's so different and amazing.

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The plants, as well, in between.

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It's just so different, rather than just having hedges or fencing.

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-Absolutely great.

-It's so creative.

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But if you pop yourself down there, and then look back through,

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you can see the party happening,

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but you don't have to join in if you don't want to.

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-Brilliant.

-Oh, that is superb.

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-It's fantastic.

-Absolutely brilliant.

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Well, they seem to love it, which is a fantastic result.

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Really nice. And I think, you know, beautiful house, dragging that out,

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beautiful garden, great work.

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So, now that everyone has packed up and gone,

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do Fleur and Richard still think that Charlie has delivered

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what they dreamed of?

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You had a vision of Ibiza. The wow. The whiteness.

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And the big plants.

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And I think they've nailed it.

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The party aspect of the garden is brilliant.

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It's big.

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It's got enough space for us all to sit out there.

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We can't wait to have lots of people round.

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Yes, it's going to be brilliant, absolutely brilliant for parties.

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£4,000 is a lot of money to spend on your outdoor entertainment space.

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So, was it money well spent?

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The budget went further than I thought it would go, you know,

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with the paving and the planting, well, it's just wow.

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Everything was better than we thought, so it's brilliant.

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Charlie Dimmock and the Rich brothers compete to design a £3,000 Ibiza-themed party garden for a family in Wokingham. Will the designers come up with some cool ideas to transform this unloved plot into a laid-back Balearic chill-out lounge?


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