Series 1 Episode 3 Garden

Garden 3 – South London, Eloise and Zak

Alan Gardner is an award-winning garden designer, winning silver at Chelsea this year. But he’s no ordinary gardener. Alan credits his success to what he calls ‘his gift’ – the fact that he has autism.

In this episode, Alan and his team of autists take on their biggest garden yet: a 95-foot jungle in south London owned by Zak, a budding artist who works in advertising and Eloise, a marketing director.

They have lived in the house with their two children for a year and have yet to tackle the overgrown plot. There is some good news for the team – they’ve got £10,000 to spend on the transformation.

What strikes Alan and the gardeners most about the space are the many sounds, from rustling leaves to passing trains, aircraft overhead and the crunchy gravel. They decide to create a sound garden for the family – but will the clients get what the ambitious gardeners are trying to achieve?

The finished garden : click on images to see

Planting List Eloise and Zak


Salix Matsudana Tortuosa
Salix Matsudana Tortuosa

Salix tortuosa

Cercis (Forest Pansy)


Prunus lusitanica



Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Variegatum’

Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Tom Thumb’

Abelia prostrata


Pieris forest flame
Pieris forest flame

Viburnum davidii

Pieris ‘Forest Flame’


Viburnum tinus

Cotinus coggrygia ‘Grace’

Cotinus coggrygia

Cotinus coggrygia ‘Golden Spirit’

Cornus alba ‘Sibirica’

Cornus ‘Magic Flame’

Choisya ternata

Cotoneaster lacteus
Cotoneaster lacteus

Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’

Lavandula ‘Hidcote’

Cotoneaster lacteus

Mahonia ‘Charity’

Fuchsia ‘Hawkshead’



Parthenocissus engelmanii

Clematis tangutica



Hellebore ‘Christmas Carol’

Cyclamen hederifolium

Brunnera ‘Jack Frost’

Stachys byzantine

Euphorbia characias ‘Humpty Dumpty’

Euphorbia purpurea

Euphorbia robbiae


Mixed ferns

Japanese anemone



Miscanthus ‘Ferner Osten’

Miscanthus ‘ Silberspinne’

Miscanthus ‘Adajio’