Monty Don and Joe design a pond garden and demonstrate how to get started. Rachel visits a rare, unaltered Victorian conservatory for period camellia varieties. Carol shows how to plant a shaded slope.
Monty demonstrates how best to plant climbing plants, notably the abundant clematis, whose virtues are displayed in a Viticella varieties collector's garden. He and Joe also continue work on the pond and explain the value of vertical eye-catchers in landscape design. Carol shows how to plant dry slopes and visits an Irish collection of old-fashioned, mostly reconstructed primroses.
Monty Don continues work on the pond and plants potatoes. Joe Swift explains how designers use focus and flow. Carol revels in an estate garden starring narcissus (daphodyl) and demonstrates sewing, compost mixes and watering.
Monty Don and Carol elaborate on spring jobs in the garden and mainly the how and why of propagation by seed. A visit to a seed grower specializing in meadow plants. Rachel returns to the army garrison communal garden to coach army men, wives and children, whose communal garden is progressing and improving family - and social rapports.
Monty Don and Carol enjoy a visit to Malvern, an early major RHS show. Monty discusses how to enjoy a visit most, and gets to witness the setup. Carol concentrates on the flowers marquis, with a frugal eye for good deals in terms of plants suitable for lucrative propagation at home.
Monty Don continues planting, now in the pond. He and Carol elaborate on propagation, notably with acquisitions from the RHS Malvern show. Carol visits an authentic, albeit restored Victorian fernery, a fairytale grotto. Rachel returns to the Oxfordshire barracks, were the families grew confident and the men even constructed a stylish entry to the now respected garden. She takes them to a garden center to show what perennials they can aim for next.