Series 1 Episode 1 Garden

In the first episode of the first series, the team are in Ashbourne, Derbyshire, where they tackle the overgrown wilderness of Ben and Rebecca’s garden.  The plot is overgrown having been neglected for years and, worse, it’s riddled with couch grass.

With two young children, the couple are struggling to keep on top of it.  What they really want is a family garden they can all enjoy that’s low maintenance and fun.  But with a budget of £3,000, will the autistic gardener and his crew have the ability to transform the garden and deliver on budget and on time?

“What makes us autists such great gardeners is what goes on in our weirdly wired minds,” says Alan. “I want to prove that we’re not mad…we just see things in a different way.”

According to Alan: “These gardeners have the potential to be the best horticultural squad ever.”

The Finished Garden

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Abelia Flowers

How we created Ben and Rebecca’s garden :

We planted the following plants :

  • Clematis ‘Etoile Violette’
  • Ceonothus
  • Parthenocissus veichii
  • Lonicera halliana
  • Beech hedging
  • Stipa tenuissima
  • Echinacea purpurea
  • Verbena bonariensis
  • Lonicera nitida
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    Verbena Bonariensis

    Anemone  ‘Honorine Jobert’

  • Sanguisorba ‘Canshang Cranberry’
  • Perovskisa ‘Little Blue Spire’
  • Lythrum ‘Dropmore Purple’
  • Actea ‘James Compton’
  • Agastache ‘Black Adder’
  • Phytostegia virginiana
  • Anemone x hybrida ‘Pretty Lady Maria
  • Astrantia  ‘Buckland’
  • Eupatorium  dubium ‘Baby Joe’Gaura  sinuata
  • Lobelia  x speciosa  ‘Hadspen Purple’
  • Pennisetum villosum
  • Betula pendula
  • Hardy geraniums
  • Abelia grandiflora
  • Laurel
  • Polystichum
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    Japanese Anemone Honorine Jobert