Series 1 Episode 4 Garden

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 the last episode of the series, the team tackle a decidedly neglected garden in north east London.

Twentysomethings Alex and Alex need to radically update their old-fashioned garden.

Alan and the team decide to bring a sense of the modern and tropical to the 60ft by 20ft space with a budget of just £5,000. The neighbours’ gardens are beautiful, how will this one compare? But, first of all, it won’t stop raining. Will the non-stop downpours scupper their plans?

GARDEN 3 IMG_7634Alex & Alex’s Plant List

Pseudosasa japonica

Phyllostachys aurea

Festuca ‘Intense Blue’

Pittosporum tobira ‘Variegata’

Mahonia ‘Charity’

Echium candicans
Echium candicans

Astelia ‘Silver Spear’

Nandina domestica ‘Firepower’

Nandina domestica ‘Blush Pink’

Fatsia japonica ‘Spider’



Echinacea purpurea ‘Alba’

Lamium ‘White Nancy’

Brahea armata
Brahea armata



Echuim candicans

Brahea armata

Phormium ‘Yellow Wave’

Solanum pseudocapsicum

Liriope muscari

Hydrangea paniculata ‘Kyushu’

Aucuba japonica

Sambucus nigra

Cotinus coggrygia ‘Royal Purple’

Abelia grandiflora