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With her can-do attitude, love of simple gardens

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and decades of experience,

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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 gardeners.

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

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-Oh, wow.

-Get in!

-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. 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!

-..and budget.

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-That sounds amazing.

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

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-The winner...

-Charlie.

-Yes.

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Yeah!

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..brings their design to life...

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-Hold on.

-Sweet as a nut.

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

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Keep working, keep working, boy.

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Whoa. 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 is 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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Open your eyes.

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It's lovely.

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Wow!

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Look at that.

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Whoa! That's not our garden.

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

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which garden they are going head-to-head over this time.

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Julia, or Julie as she likes to be called,

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daughter Emma and the grandchildren.

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They all live together.

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-Cool.

-Although that is a nice, big picture,

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-it is not a huge garden.

-OK.

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Julia has lived in her house for ten years.

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More recently, her daughter Emma, who is a nurse,

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moved in with her two children, Lily, aged 11,

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and nine-year-old Jack.

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When I came here, the garden was very nice,

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but there was decking out the back, which I wasn't very keen on.

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There was all the little dry walls and the herb garden

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but right down the end beside the garage,

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there was a dip and it was just full of brambles and it was terrible.

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I had to put all the weedkiller down there and clear it all out.

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When Emma and the children moved in,

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they made the garden more child-friendly by creating

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a play area by the garage,

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but they have grown out of that now and it's a bit sad and neglected

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and the garden's not really working for them any more.

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But there is one part of the garden that's been a roaring success.

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The one thing that can't go is the artificial grass.

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It looked rather neat, didn't it?

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It did look a bit perfect for a mown lawn, didn't it?

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It has been an absolute dream.

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It's been wonderful.

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One of the reasons for it really was to just make it low-maintenance

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cos it is just us two and we don't have anybody really to help us

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so we need all the help we can get.

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Another aspect of the garden that the family enjoy

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was created by Jack, the youngest member.

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They have a little beach theme going on at this end

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-which they're quite keen on.

-To keep?

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-Yeah, or sort of extend it, maybe.

-OK.

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It's just evolved as we've gone along,

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and we've bought a lighthouse and we collect pebbles and shells

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whenever we go to the seaside

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and we've got a little seagull and we just keep buying

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things and making the beach.

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Despite its successes, overall the garden is falling short.

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It just doesn't feel very welcoming to me at the moment.

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Three things that I'd like...

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The height, like a pergola, arches, and things growing over,

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so to give us the shade but also

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to give another dimension to the garden as well.

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And I think Jack would like his beach to be a bit more...

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It'd be fantastic, wouldn't it?

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-Bit of a Mediterranean feel.

-Yes. Yes.

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And to make the dream a reality,

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Julia is prepared to raid her savings.

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The budget is £3,000,

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which is pretty much all I've got left of my redundancy money,

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so I don't think I can go over!

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-HARRY:

-It's not too bad, is it?

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It looks big but if it isn't that big in reality, we can spread that.

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If we're keeping the lawn, that takes up most of the garden.

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That's really going to put an influence on the design, isn't it?

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-You can't move it.

-Can't move it.

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To get a better idea of the challenge they face,

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the designers head to Nottingham

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to meet the family and see the garden for themselves.

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Yeah, it's all looking a little tired, isn't it?

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Like the lavender's sort of... needs to come out, really.

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Yeah, a bit worn out, isn't it, in a way, this garden?

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Although the artificial grass looks in remarkably good nick.

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-Yeah, I'm impressed, actually. Not too bad.

-Patio's good area.

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I think as a family, though, this could be a nice space to enjoy.

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Yeah, really lovely.

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Especially in the baking sun as well.

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Can't quite picture it, to be honest.

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Why are we not having it here? What's going on?

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Uninspired by the rundown garden, the brothers head inside

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in search of something that'll give them more of an idea

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about the family and what the garden needs to offer them.

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It's a nice, cosy kitchen, isn't it?

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-It is, it's gorgeous.

-I think what I picked up on is these.

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They look just like kind of Mediterranean tiles, don't they?

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-They do.

-Terracotta, warmth.

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Says it all. Drawing that into the garden,

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transporting them to a little Mediterranean space, be lovely.

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And then this, look at this!

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-What does that tell you?

-Beach, yeah.

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The colour's got that kind of beach shacky feel, hasn't it?

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Meanwhile Charlie's finding out how the family actually use the garden.

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This is where Lily likes to do her gymnastics.

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Oh, so it's a very much used space?

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-It is, yeah.

-And tell me about the beach.

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I quite like that bit.

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How did that come about?

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Jack collects meerkats and...

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Hold on, meerkats and beaches, they don't sort of go together.

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There's one on a deck chair!

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Oh! That's where it comes...

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-Right, so that set the theme.

-Yes.

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So we build it around Jack's meerkat!

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It would actually be very nice if we could have some water

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-that would be like the sea.

-OK.

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And in the sitting-room, the seaside theme continues.

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Oh, look at this, some more beach.

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More beach, definitely a theme.

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Yes, we've got that quilt, haven't we? Blue walls.

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I think it's going to be important they get a little bit of beach

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on there or some form of coast,

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maybe doesn't have to be that kind of obvious.

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What do you like about the garden?

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Nothing! Absolutely nothing!

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Are you gardeners?

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Not particularly. I like the sunshine. We get plenty of sunshine,

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you know, in the garden and it does get very hot, so, yeah...

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-So you'd like maybe a bit of shade?

-A bit of shade, yeah.

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-So like the sun, but not all the time.

-Yes.

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The £3,000 budget is well-suited to this smallish garden, but there's

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still a lot for the designers to think about.

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They need to retain the family's main seating area

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and the artificial lawn

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but they need to think about the beach theme,

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add shade and tackle the ugly side return.

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It's going to be a challenge,

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so the trio waste no time and head straight to their drawing boards.

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Each of them must come up with a design that works

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within Julia's budget,

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who will then have to choose the winning design.

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The loser will help the winner to build the garden.

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Julia's £3,000 will be used to buy all the materials for the new garden

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and Charlie and the Rich brothers,

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along with a crack team of landscapers,

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will provide the labour.

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

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Hi, guys. OK.

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So this is our design.

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Harry and David have seen how important it is

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for the family to have a sunshiny seaside theme.

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Will they go along with that

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or offer something completely different?

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Now we know that you really wanted this very romantic,

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quite rural style of Mediterranean garden that also emphasised

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-a coastal element as well.

-Yeah.

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Whilst Charlie has learnt how important it is for the garden

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to work for all three generations. Will that give her the edge?

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I've really elaborated on the beach theme.

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So Jack's beach's got bigger.

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I've used slabs, tiles, small tiles over this whole area

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which will make it feel warmer and sunnier

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and then the side return here,

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having contrasting planting to the Mediterranean plants,

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so I'm going to go with a lot of ferns,

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picking up on the little ferns you've got growing in the wall

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but taller ones.

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Things like male fern and shuttlecock fern

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which look quite dramatic and lush and green.

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Wow!

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So, you know, this space outside the back door

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really isn't doing a lot at the moment

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and what we wanted to do is start the journey from there and we wanted

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that Mediterranean theme to kind of carry on through.

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So you know, we started off

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with this lovely kind of compacted natural surface

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and it's going to create this lovely kind of texture on top.

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Julia told Charlie about the intense sun the south facing garden gets,

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so what have the designers got in mind to deal with that?

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Here we wanted to put these three large olive trees in

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so you have this really nice Mediterranean kind of character

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and that will create a more dappled, shaded area here

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instead of it feeling quite overpowered and enclosed.

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And also they're evergreen,

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and they've just got their colouring and their scent,

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they've just got a really lovely atmosphere about them

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so you'll actually feel like you're amongst this rural olive grove.

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Over the seating area,

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we've got a simple pergola and take your grapevine

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up and over but I want this area, because it's so hot and sunny,

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it'll be a fantastic area for plants that are aromatic,

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so it will really intensify the scent.

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Both designers have addressed the family's need for more shade.

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It feels like they're neck-and-neck at the moment

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but Charlie is about to play her trump card.

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There's some water there so you can sit on the end of the seating bit

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there and dangle your feet into the water.

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Solar powered pump and water just running in cos it's a nice, sunny

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garden so you might as well use that sun to power the water feature.

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But the Rich brothers have a trick up their sleeve too.

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Pretty much the main feature is this archway here.

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So as you can see it's an archway of colour, which is quite important.

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What we want to do is create this archway and then use a few climbers

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to go up it so it gives you a lot of interest throughout the year,

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things like the clematis and also rose as well,

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things that have a nice, very pretty, very subtle scent,

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so you can journey through that and also within this area,

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you can see what we want to use,

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we want to try and re-use the stone you've got around the garden

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and also to make the wall a little bit longer,

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we'll introduce some new stone and provide you guys with this lovely,

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quite rustic dry stone wall and also it would be a great place to sit.

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Wow! Both designers have really pulled the stops out

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and packed a lot into this small garden.

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It's going to be the details that decide this one,

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and Julia and Emma are giving nothing away.

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They can only choose one, so whose will it be?

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Will they be won over by Charlie's water feature

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and warm Mediterranean hues

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or swayed by the brothers' dusty olive grove and dry stone wall?

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It's decision time.

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You'd be able to see that from upstairs.

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And look down on that. I think that'll be gorgeous.

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-It does look Mediterranean, doesn't it?

-It does.

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-DAVID:

-Yeah, so we went for that quite natural, rural,

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loose Mediterranean vibe. Really connected with them, actually.

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-EMMA:

-It's got the water in it.

-It's got the water.

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I did want water.

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And all these beach plants and things that she's got.

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Yeah, yeah. They will be gorgeous.

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And then you've got the shade here for your vine to go up over.

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-Yeah.

-These lovely smelly plants.

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I like Jasmine.

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See, mine was full-on beach.

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-Full-on beach? Sand?

-No, not sand. No, not sand.

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So picking up on what they've got,

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-but like two thirds of the garden.

-Really?

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Which one is it going to be, then?

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So it was really, really difficult to choose, really.

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You know, there was lots of good things about them both.

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Love them both. We had to choose.

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Put us out of our misery!

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-Charlie!

-It was the beach, Jack's beach.

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The whole garden pivots on a meerkat in a deckchair.

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LAUGHTER

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I feel really awful.

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I loved your design.

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-It is a shame.

-It did look very romantic.

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It was, it was gorgeous.

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And... But I just think that the children would gain more

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from this, you know, like with the water feature.

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So Charlie wins this one but she'll certainly need the brothers' help

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if she's going to transform this joyless plot

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into a shingly shoreline to please the whole family.

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Early morning in Nottingham,

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and while Charlie is away fine tuning her design,

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project manager Bowen, along with his expert team of landscapers,

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Andy, Lee and Steve, are raring to go.

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They start by clearing all Julia's precious ornaments and pots

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out of the garden.

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# Waltzing Matilda, Waltzing Matilda... #

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Nice old clay edging. I think we'll save them.

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Don't know what they'll be used for

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but they'll come in for something later on in the project.

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One detail of Charlie's design that won Julia and Emma over

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was the water feature, which should be in the middle of

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what's currently an unexpected old concrete garage base.

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The lads have got their work cut out.

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We just hope the concrete is nice and thin, Bowen,

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so we can cut it out easy.

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-Famous last words.

-Famous last words!

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It'll be fine. We'll sort it.

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Another key part of Charlie's design is a gabion wall,

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which won't just look great but is a fantastic opportunity

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to absorb some of the waste materials.

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And then we just recycle all the stone in the garden

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to face the gabions,

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and we can also use the beach cobbles that we've got coming.

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-OK.

-To front the gabions by the beach.

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Just a thought, then, if we've got any concrete,

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if we're taking any concrete slabs up or anything, we want to save it,

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so we can break it up, put it in the back of the gabions,

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just use the good stone in the front.

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-And the top.

-Yeah.

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And the top. Yeah.

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The bits what you'll see.

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The time for talking is over.

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The lads need to pick up their tools and crack on

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if they're going to have made sufficient progress

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by the time Charlie arrives.

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Digging out for the water feature.

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For the end, so it's butted up to the garage and then that will

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determine the height of the pontoon and me deck area.

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That's the plan, anyway. Until this is in, I can't work anything else,

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so...keep digging.

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Meanwhile, Andy and Bowen work out how to best lay out

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the paving stones in order to get the informal Mediterranean look

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that Charlie is after.

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I like the staggered joints.

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Yeah.

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I'd prefer to see that than that.

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That's a little bit boring,

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don't like the staggered joints.

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The straight joints.

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That's why you'd set it up before, it's a lot better.

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I always think with the natural stone as well,

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because the edges aren't straight,

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if you have a straight line,

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because you haven't got any clean cuts,

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the straight lines don't look that good.

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And it's not a clean line, is it?

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It would look better with the gravel going into it as well.

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I'm happy with that, think that'll look good, definitely.

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-It's a plan.

-Shall we go for that?

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-Let's do it, let's do it.

-Let's do it.

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While Andy gets started on laying the Mediterranean style paving,

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Lee's making great progress with the water feature.

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Brilliant. Perfect.

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Right. Now that's in, on a four-inch bed of sharp sand,

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just to level it up so it'll take any movement

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as we fill it with water.

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It's been a tough old dig,

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we've had some right rubble in here

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but it's finally in now, all levelled up.

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Charlie's design calls for more regular shaped planting beds

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than the old ones,

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so Bowen is salvaging what he can

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from the existing herb bed before it's destroyed.

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We're going to transplant some of this smaller fennel that we've got,

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we've got some oregano which we can put into the gabion walls over there.

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They'll spill out nicely

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and we've managed to save a lemon balm as well.

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So it's not all doom and gloom for this herb bed.

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It's going to have a second life throughout the garden

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and this one will live on in someone's dinner.

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Unfortunately, this rosemary is too big and woody

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to move successfully, so the best thing to do with that

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is pick the leaves and dry them to use in the kitchen.

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By the time Charlie and the Rich brothers arrive,

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the team has made great progress, the patio is all but finished,

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the deck and water feature are complete

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and Charlie starts as she means to go on, by cracking the whip.

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I am running a tight ship, so keep walking, get in that garden,

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get on with the gabions.

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So, Lee, I've got lots of ideas for these pallets.

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This one's quite a nice one. If you give me a hand up,

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I'm going to make it into a sort of planter, I think.

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So I might need a hand from you a bit later but if I start it off, yeah?

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-Saw.

-Saw would be good!

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I might be by the end of doing the garden.

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-That's good.

-Give me a shout if you need me.

-OK.

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So the great thing is,

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a lot of our deliveries turn up on pallets that don't get collected,

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but do check before you start cutting them up

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because there's still a few firms that come and collect the pallets.

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But we've got lots,

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so I can sort of recycle the timber and make some quite quirky

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but interesting little features.

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So I'm going to cut this back to about there,

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so I'm going for a tall, narrow wall planter.

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The thing I like about the pallets is the timber is sort of

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slightly distressed, which will really work with the beach theme.

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My idea is that we're going to box this in,

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so using the spare bits of timber, so we'll box that in there

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which will make the bottom of the first planter.

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We'll probably need to box in a bit here,

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so that we've got two, then we'll take out those two,

0:20:080:20:11

then we'll box in again here

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and leave two, take out two, box in there,

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so you end up with three little wooden troughs

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and the plants spill out,

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so this is the back and that's the front.

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It'll all make sense when it's up on the wall, I promise.

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Meanwhile, Harry and David have got their teeth

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into a bit of flatpack action.

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They're constructing the gabions for the new wall Charlie wants

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to construct down one side of the lawn.

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Believe it or not, these are actually going to look great.

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These are the gabions and you'd expect to see them

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retaining banks or preventing coastal erosion on the beach.

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They tend to be much larger, but what we're using here

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is the smaller garden kit, and what you get for your money, it's £11,

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and you get these individual wire mesh panels

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and then you also get these coils here

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and it's as simple as screwing them together,

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that holds them nice and firm and then they're ready to fill.

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There you are. This is the one I made earlier.

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I can only dream of making such a good one, Harry.

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Look at that. They are actually really simple to make, aren't they?

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But you've got to remember not to fix the top

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because you're going to have to fill them,

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and what's great in this garden,

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we've got tonnes of recycled material.

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So we've got this Victorian rope edging, we've bought some cobbles,

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which is going to have this lovely kind of rounded character

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and we've also got this natural stone,

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so it's kind of endless what you can put in them.

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You can put wine bottles, brick, and that's what's so nice,

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you can really create this lovely kind of texture and character within them.

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And they're modular and they create a really nice kind of structure

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to the garden, and that's what we're going to be doing over here.

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Charlie is trying to eke out Julia's £3,000 budget

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by recycling wherever possible.

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Talking of which, that pallet wall planter's coming on a treat.

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-Any line will do.

-Any of them!

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-I got in there!

-You beat me to it.

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Rustic, doing the rustic, I am.

0:22:060:22:08

-Yeah!

-It's been worn by the sea.

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Right!

0:22:110:22:12

Right, can I decide which is up?

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You want that as up with the big one at the bottom.

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-That's going to be...

-Yes.

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There's going to be a planter there. Things come over top, ain't it?

0:22:240:22:26

That one there, that one there.

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That's it, look at that!

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Oh, yes, very nice!

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See, I'm going to do that with plants rather than beards, though!

0:22:360:22:39

Harry and David have finally constructed all of the gabions

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and are taking time to place them correctly.

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Not too bad.

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It's really important when you're laying the gabions to put it on

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to a level, firm base, so what we've done is we've used

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a bit of sharp sand, nothing too much,

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but just enough that we can get a nice easy level,

0:22:550:22:58

place them on, the hard work's done.

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-And the fun begins.

-The fun begins.

0:23:010:23:03

We've got a few ideas how we want to fill them,

0:23:030:23:04

but I think we'll go and check with the captain, see what she thinks.

0:23:040:23:08

Oh, here she comes.

0:23:080:23:10

See now, that sounded ominous!

0:23:110:23:12

What do you mean, "Oh, here she comes?"

0:23:120:23:14

We were just about to see the captain.

0:23:140:23:16

Yeah? Why?

0:23:160:23:17

We've got some ideas about how we thought these could look good.

0:23:170:23:21

They do look good, they look empty!

0:23:210:23:23

Well, that's the thing. We're going for minimal.

0:23:230:23:26

That's a bit too minimal.

0:23:260:23:27

Going to have to speed up because I've got other creative plans

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for you over here.

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OK. What we were thinking of

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is using the cobbles as a kind of wave through the stone.

0:23:350:23:39

-What do you think?

-As long as it's quick!

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We'll chuck all the cobbles in, then!

0:23:410:23:43

I think there. Cool.

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On it, then.

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The trick when filling the gabions is to make sure that you are keeping

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light on the face, because when you close the lid, you want

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to make sure it's nice and sharp.

0:23:570:23:58

You know, you can have a tendency to bow out,

0:23:580:24:01

and when it comes to the end, it's going to look quite untidy,

0:24:010:24:05

so take your time because it's going to be the face

0:24:050:24:07

and it's going to be the whole character of these gabions,

0:24:070:24:11

so it's nice to spend that little bit of extra time

0:24:110:24:13

and make it look really nice.

0:24:130:24:15

All this natural stone in the garden is perfect

0:24:150:24:17

for putting inside the gabions, and they're quite a contemporary look,

0:24:170:24:21

but by putting something aged, it's got moss on,

0:24:210:24:24

it really gives this kind of natural feeling, and over time,

0:24:240:24:27

hopefully ferns will start growing out and it'll just completely

0:24:270:24:30

soften this and make it kind of merge with the rest of the garden.

0:24:300:24:34

So here we've got these concrete slabs.

0:24:340:24:36

We've broken them up, and they're perfect for just using in the back,

0:24:360:24:39

because you're not going to see them, they help to add the strength,

0:24:390:24:42

and then the stuff that you've spent the money on,

0:24:420:24:44

like these pebbles here, they go in the front and they look beautiful.

0:24:440:24:47

While Bowen starts to paint the garage to emphasise

0:24:490:24:52

that seaside theme, Charlie turns her attention

0:24:520:24:55

to the once unpromising side return.

0:24:550:24:58

This area here, Julie really wanted us to concentrate on,

0:25:000:25:03

because she looks over it when she's doing the washing up,

0:25:030:25:06

and also looks out from the lounge, and it was a bit dull and boring.

0:25:060:25:11

So by putting the paving down, and it's a light coloured paving,

0:25:110:25:15

and then the hogging, it's lifted the colours in here.

0:25:150:25:19

And then by adding a few more plants,

0:25:190:25:22

it will make it nice and attractive.

0:25:220:25:24

Now, it is a difficult area to plant up, because it's shady,

0:25:240:25:28

it's dull and it's damp, but look at what's naturally growing here.

0:25:280:25:33

We've got lots of different ferns.

0:25:330:25:35

We've got a hart's tongue fern here, we've got another fern there,

0:25:350:25:39

and a different type again,

0:25:390:25:41

so I'm going to replicate that by using this tassel fern.

0:25:410:25:45

It's got these gorgeous, glossy ferny leaves,

0:25:450:25:49

but other plants that are going to like those conditions are hostas

0:25:490:25:53

and also Euonymus fortunei,

0:25:530:25:55

that comes in lots of different variegations.

0:25:550:25:59

And then over here -

0:25:590:26:01

I was thinking of adding a bit of colour so Julie can see it

0:26:010:26:04

from the lounge - this lovely double camellia.

0:26:040:26:08

The thing about camellias,

0:26:080:26:09

it's quite often they flower very early, and if there's a late frost,

0:26:090:26:14

it damages the blooms, but by having it against the wall of the house,

0:26:140:26:18

it will protect it, and also it gets the evening sun,

0:26:180:26:22

which will then protect it even more.

0:26:220:26:25

And it just lightens up this whole area.

0:26:250:26:28

A bit of a rocky start with this one.

0:26:320:26:34

These jokes are getting "boulder and boulder!"

0:26:340:26:37

Yeah, that's so much better now, that looks sick.

0:26:370:26:40

With the upcycled pallet planter in place,

0:26:420:26:45

Charlie can now see if it's delivering what she hoped it would.

0:26:450:26:48

Now I've got three planters here, one there, one there and one there,

0:26:500:26:54

but I actually quite like this quite minimal.

0:26:540:26:57

I think it's got a lot more impact on it.

0:26:570:27:00

I mean, I could put one there,

0:27:000:27:02

maybe even up there in a pot, and it just...

0:27:020:27:07

So if I've got that one that way, that one that way

0:27:070:27:10

and then that one that way, I think that's quite quirky, quite fun,

0:27:100:27:14

I like that.

0:27:140:27:15

The garden's starting to come together

0:27:150:27:17

and Leigh has worked miracles around what was the concrete garage base.

0:27:170:27:22

This is looking good, my deck area.

0:27:220:27:24

Gone is the old rotten bridge that was here,

0:27:240:27:28

and then we've used these old recycled scaffold boards,

0:27:280:27:32

and the joists that we're using as groins,

0:27:320:27:35

we have got recycled timber,

0:27:350:27:37

again they were the joists from a house.

0:27:370:27:40

So the only thing that we've splashed out on,

0:27:400:27:42

keep to the theme there, keep to the theme,

0:27:420:27:46

are these chunky round posts,

0:27:460:27:48

the new sleepers that we've put across there

0:27:480:27:51

to make this a raised bed,

0:27:510:27:52

and that makes that access much easier.

0:27:520:27:54

With most of the hard landscaping now complete,

0:27:550:27:58

Charlie and David have turned their attention to the planting.

0:27:580:28:01

Well, Charlie's pointing and giving the orders

0:28:010:28:04

and David's doing as he's told.

0:28:040:28:06

How many cistus have we got up there?

0:28:060:28:09

-Two left.

-Yeah, we really need that up in that bed there.

0:28:090:28:12

So you see where that potting compost is?

0:28:120:28:14

-Yeah.

-They go in there.

0:28:140:28:16

-Cool.

-Then...

0:28:160:28:17

Then what do you want up there?

0:28:170:28:19

-A lavender?

-Yeah, lavender could go...

0:28:220:28:25

-..here.

-Just one or shall I bring down a couple?

0:28:270:28:29

-One.

-Just one?

0:28:290:28:31

One. One, one, one.

0:28:310:28:33

-There you go.

-On that corner.

-On the corner.

0:28:360:28:38

Cool. And then you mentioned Carex?

0:28:380:28:42

Oh, no, I changed my mind.

0:28:420:28:43

Lavender. Right, those Armerias,

0:28:430:28:45

-do you want to get the Armerias then, matey?

-Aye.

0:28:450:28:48

And taking her role as boss seriously,

0:28:500:28:52

she's not finished with ordering the brothers around yet.

0:28:520:28:55

I would like you to make a mosaic, in there, of octopus tentacles,

0:28:560:29:02

or even squid tentacles.

0:29:020:29:04

Ooh, I'll go for octopus and you can have squid.

0:29:040:29:06

-Yeah.

-Yeah?

-Yeah, love that.

0:29:060:29:07

Just along the back, so if she doesn't like it,

0:29:070:29:10

she can just put some plant pots.

0:29:100:29:12

She's going to love it, Charlie! Don't be so negative!

0:29:120:29:14

Guess what? I know you're being artistic,

0:29:160:29:20

but could you be artistic out of my way?!

0:29:200:29:22

Ooh, what have you gone and done there?

0:29:240:29:27

You're not having a head or anything?

0:29:270:29:29

Oi, oi, oi. You're interrupting our creative space here.

0:29:300:29:34

Lose the smiley face,

0:29:340:29:37

and then we've got your tentacles and then another one here,

0:29:370:29:41

which could even do that type of thing, yeah.

0:29:410:29:44

-And then a smiley face.

-No smiley faces!

0:29:440:29:47

Have you drawn that smiley face?

0:29:470:29:48

-No!

-I feel like we've got it.

0:29:480:29:51

First off, we've got to lay down a bed of this wet cement

0:29:510:29:54

and that's going to kind of act like the canvas.

0:29:540:29:56

That's what we're going to press the cobbles into.

0:29:560:29:58

Then we've got to choose the stone, we've got three different types,

0:29:580:30:01

we've got three different colours.

0:30:010:30:02

One's a bit more shiny than the others, isn't it?

0:30:020:30:05

Do you think Charlie wants a sand castle instead?

0:30:050:30:08

So it's just a matter of choosing it,

0:30:080:30:09

sketching down the design and then just putting them in.

0:30:090:30:12

I think it's nice sometimes, if you do have an expanse of slabs

0:30:120:30:15

or you want to create a little detail,

0:30:150:30:17

then slabs, they have a lovely texture, but it's quite soft,

0:30:170:30:21

whereas if you put a bit of pebble detail in there,

0:30:210:30:24

then it actually makes a bit of a feature out of this section,

0:30:240:30:27

and, you know, it's quite a used path,

0:30:270:30:28

so to have that kind of nice little pattern on there

0:30:280:30:32

will really make a difference.

0:30:320:30:33

So what I'm putting down now is four spadefuls of sharp sand

0:30:330:30:37

to one cement, and that's going to create a lovely strong mix

0:30:370:30:41

and really allows the cobbles to really get cemented in.

0:30:410:30:46

Hey!

0:30:460:30:47

And then, actually, we're against the clock,

0:30:470:30:49

because that thing's going to dry pretty fast,

0:30:490:30:52

so we've got to crack on.

0:30:520:30:54

Leigh's boardwalk area is looking great,

0:30:540:30:56

but desperately in need of some planting

0:30:560:30:58

to soften all the hard edges and add texture.

0:30:580:31:01

So this area is really very minimal on the planting,

0:31:020:31:06

but the plants need to have good structure and go in key places.

0:31:060:31:11

So this lovely Carex, evergold, so it's evergreen,

0:31:110:31:16

it's got these yellow and green striped leaves,

0:31:160:31:19

with these little sedge seed heads,

0:31:190:31:22

I'm going to put here, because it sort of just breaks that line,

0:31:220:31:25

but really accentuates the boardwalk,

0:31:250:31:29

the timber and what will be the cobbles and big round pebbles.

0:31:290:31:34

Next, it's onto the water feature,

0:31:360:31:38

which will really bring the seaside theme to life.

0:31:380:31:40

This my water feature focal point,

0:31:420:31:45

so it will draw your eye to the corner

0:31:450:31:48

of my water feature-cum-foot-cooler.

0:31:480:31:51

It's a bit of fun, really.

0:31:510:31:53

It's somewhere where the children can sit

0:31:530:31:55

and dangle their feet off of if it's really, really hot,

0:31:550:31:58

or just make some paper boats to float around on the water's surface.

0:31:580:32:04

This piece of driftwood was £40,

0:32:040:32:06

so it wasn't cheap, but it is beautiful.

0:32:060:32:10

I've drilled a hole just here,

0:32:100:32:12

so the water's going to gently tumble out here.

0:32:120:32:15

But I need to silicone it in position

0:32:150:32:17

and just leave it for a minute or two.

0:32:170:32:20

Well, probably about ten minutes.

0:32:200:32:22

Charlie is securing one end of the hosepipe to the driftwood

0:32:230:32:26

with silicone sealant. The other end will be attached to the pump,

0:32:260:32:30

which is submerged in the pool.

0:32:300:32:32

Right, just going to squidge that in a little bit.

0:32:340:32:38

So I'm going to leave that to just go off.

0:32:410:32:44

So I'm using a solar powered pump,

0:32:440:32:48

and the great thing about solar powered pumps

0:32:480:32:50

is these days they're way better than they used to be.

0:32:500:32:53

So you get a panel and you get the pump,

0:32:530:32:55

so it means you haven't got to run electrics.

0:32:550:32:58

We pop the panel up on the roof of the garage,

0:32:580:33:01

and then we've got the pump right down in here.

0:33:010:33:04

You can see it bubbling away on this lovely sunny day.

0:33:040:33:07

It will just give a really nice gentle trickle,

0:33:080:33:12

so it will make you feel very cool.

0:33:120:33:14

Because if it's really boiling hot at that end of the garden,

0:33:140:33:17

you might want to come and sit down in the shady bit of the garden

0:33:170:33:20

to cool off.

0:33:200:33:22

Using driftwood for the water feature,

0:33:260:33:28

along with rocks and pebbles,

0:33:280:33:30

will help bring that seaside feeling into this garden.

0:33:300:33:33

Designers Mark Whyte and Charmaine Ferguson,

0:33:330:33:36

who have recently finished building a coastal garden in Kent,

0:33:360:33:39

know that the best way to get inspiration for a coastal garden

0:33:390:33:42

is from the beach itself.

0:33:420:33:44

Materials we chose to use for the garden

0:33:470:33:51

were obviously mainly different grades of shingle.

0:33:510:33:54

We don't want to go with just a normal, just one grade of shingle.

0:33:540:33:58

Beaches, we want to reflect again this whole natural feel,

0:33:580:34:02

and the fact you can have a beach anywhere.

0:34:020:34:05

By doing that, you need to incorporate different size of shingles.

0:34:050:34:09

So you can go from tiny little stones

0:34:090:34:11

up to the big rocks you see on the beach.

0:34:110:34:13

Don't be afraid to plant wild plants that you see on the beach.

0:34:140:34:19

They are plants that actually naturally go there,

0:34:190:34:22

so they grow in shingle, so they thrive without soil and things.

0:34:220:34:26

You don't need, like, pristine soil compost and all this sort of thing

0:34:260:34:30

around your plants. There's so many of these plants,

0:34:300:34:33

like sea kale and bits and pieces,

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that you find wild on the beach that thrive,

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that look stunning, and would look stunning in anyone's garden.

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So don't be afraid to just veer off from your peonies

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and move into some sort of things

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that you might not necessarily see at the garden centre.

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There are many websites that sell coastal wild flowerpot plants

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like sea kale, valerian and marram grass,

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so you can create touches of your very own beach,

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no matter where you live.

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These plants are used to thriving in harsh conditions.

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They don't really need to worry about

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being looked after too much,

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so you can pop them in the ground and then they're going to be

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up and all over the place within a few months.

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When laying out the garden,

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the couple again turned to the natural contours of the shoreline

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for their blueprint.

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We've got these nice sort of curved pathways

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to get to the seating area, and sort of meander through all the plants.

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The plants are sort of raised slightly on mounds,

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which we'd naturally get on the beach.

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So yeah, we wanted to create that, to give a nice natural feel.

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In this coastal garden, the clients wanted a sheltered seating area,

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where the family could gather,

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much as you might shelter in the sand dunes

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with a barbecue or picnic.

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We've got this lovely sunken area,

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so they can sort of entertain in that and feel quite enclosed

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in that area, sort of quite a fun area.

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It's got a nice fire pit in the middle,

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so you can have the family round in the winter time, even,

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and you can sit in this nice cosy area,

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which you would do maybe on the beach.

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You might light a barbecue or something,

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might have a little fire on the beach.

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It's kind of got a real communal feel.

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Back in Nottingham, the newly laid patio

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is where Julia and her family will gather in future.

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Here, the need is to ensure it has some shade from the sun,

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and so the team are erecting a pergola.

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This one's a simple shape.

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It's just an off-the-shelf kit

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available from most large garden centres or online.

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Once the silicone is dry on the upcycled fountain,

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it's time to rig up the water feature.

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I think that's lovely.

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Nice bit of detail on it.

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Nice sound.

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Lovely. Really pretty.

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The garden is nearing completion,

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but Charlie's keen to add more planting.

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So this border here, minimal planting,

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and I'm picking up the planting that Julie's already got.

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So she already had some Festuca glaucas

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randomly through the raised bed,

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so I'm just putting another one in, just to break it up a bit more.

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So it's got that blue-green colour, which sort of says seaside.

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If you look at the plants at the seaside,

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you'll find most of them have a sort of blue-green colour to them,

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so it sort of protects them from the intense extremes

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of sun, salt water and wind exposure.

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So if we mulch through with the sand, then put the pebbles over,

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it just lightens it up.

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Yeah, very beachy, isn't it?

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It looks very beachy.

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Harry is putting the finishing touches to the mosaic,

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set into the path.

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I think it's gone really, really well, hasn't it?

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Yeah, it's been a lot of fun. What's so nice

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is Charlie's using these same pebbles throughout the whole garden,

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so there's a sense of unity and a sense of detail.

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And I think it's really nice introducing a bit of art

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-into the garden.

-Yeah.

-Hopefully, it will inspire the kids

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to do their own little bit somewhere.

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I've thoroughly enjoyed it.

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-Best bit of the day!

-It's true, something so simple, you know,

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and it's just so effective.

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I think it works really well,

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because you've got the simplicity of the slabs,

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and then the detail of the pebbles.

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Run past this part of the path where you get caught by the octopus.

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Yeah.

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As the last few plants are potted up and the finishing touches

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are added to the scheme, the garden is finished.

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Before they called the Garden Rescue team,

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Julia and Emma's garden was tired and scruffy

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and uninviting for both them and the children, Jack and Lily.

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Now it's had a £3,000 makeover,

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and Charlie has spent every penny of that money creating a fun space

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for the children and a relaxing seaside inspired haven

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for mum Emma and grandma Julia.

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Charlie spent £670 replacing the old, dull patio slabs

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with rustic finished natural sandstone,

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to give that Mediterranean warmth.

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A seaside isn't a seaside without water,

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so Charlie allocated £500 to her gently trickling

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driftwood water feature and boardwalk area.

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The pergola was a snip at £300,

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and will provide the family with some much-needed shade

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in this sunny south-facing garden.

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The budget was eked out by recycling some plants in the garden,

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but Charlie splashed out on an additional £300

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on shade-loving plants for the gloomy side return

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and additional seaside plants to enhance the beach theme.

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And last but not least, the gabions came in at £550.

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They're filled with pebbles and rocks

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and are reminiscent of the coastline.

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They also provide additional seating in the garden.

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Julia and Emma desperately wanted a garden the whole family could enjoy

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and relax in, and they were prepared to plunder their savings

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to make it happen.

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

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One, two, three - open your eyes.

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Wow.

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Look at that!

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Oh, look! Ooh, I've got a thing on the wall.

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You've got a thing on the wall!

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You see, I know you're into your crafts,

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so we got a bit crafty in the garden.

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So this is just a pallet that we've made into a planter,

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and it just adds a bit of interest to the wall.

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Oh, I love that.

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A pallet, you can do so much stuff with.

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You can, so versatile!

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This bed here...

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-There's a hole in the ground.

-Yeah, which is where your rosemary was.

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This is going to be a lovely scented bed.

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We've got Daphne in there, Hebes, hostas, black sambuca.

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This area here, you've got a lovely Tracheospermum

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that's got a really sweet jasmine scent that will climb up there.

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It will root down through,

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because we've got soil underneath that bit there, and it's evergreen,

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so it will come up and really shade.

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But then I think you should train your grapevine this way along

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and up and over, so that the grapes hang down.

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We've got lavenders everywhere.

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They'll waft around.

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So this will be a really lovely Mediterranean scented seating area,

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but slightly shady.

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Fab, thank you!

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Do you like it?

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It's better than you thought, yeah?

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Oh, it's gorgeous, isn't it?

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It's like an octopus.

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The boys will be so pleased!

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I think they've just spotted our octopus.

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-And she knew what it was.

-Winner!

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We all got a bit arty,

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then we got the gabions there with the cobbles in,

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so it brings the seasidey side into your Mediterranean,

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but also they're great,

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a few cushions on there, you can sit on it.

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This is our beach rustic boardwalk.

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Fab. Oh, look, look, it's the sea!

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So that's for you to dangle your feet in.

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Oh, wow.

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It's absolutely freezing!

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-Is it cold?

-Absolutely freezing.

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Maybe a bit later.

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What's she doing?

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I think it's probably a bit cold for that, isn't it?

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£3,000 was a serious investment to make in their garden.

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Do Julia and Emma think they got value for money?

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It was money well spent, wasn't it?

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Absolutely, definitely, yeah.

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Yes, I think it was the best decision we've made.

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I'm really pleased with it.

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It just seems bigger and it's sort of all come together

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and so much of it's recycled.

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I mean, most of the planting is theirs.

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I know, I think that's what's so nice.

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I mean, we could walk out here and it just looks like

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it's always been here.

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I think sometimes that's a really nice quality.

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Charlie Dimmock and the Rich brothers compete to design a £3,000 beach-themed garden for a family of three generations. But which designer's ideas for this run-down plot will fall on stony ground, and whose will win a tide of approval?


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