Monty Don's incredible showpiece garden where he films Gardener's World is ...

Monty Don's incredible garden is under threat as flood waters surround his country estate.

Don said his home is 'completely surrounded' by water after the nearby River Arrow burst its banks.

A third of the television host's immaculate gardens, where he films Gardeners' World, is now submerged as well as huge sections of the surrounding land, the Sunday Mirror reported.

Don sparked concern among fans earlier this month, after sharing an Instagram post showing flooding in the grounds of his estate, Longmeadow. 

Monty Don's incredible garden is under threat as flood waters surround his country estate. Don said his home is 'completely surrounded' by water after the nearby River Arrow burst its banks

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Monty Don's incredible garden is under threat as flood waters surround his country estate. Don said his home is 'completely surrounded' by water after the nearby River Arrow burst its banks

Don with his dogs Patti (being held) and Nellie

Don with his dogs Patti (being held) and Nellie

'I'm looking out of the window and can see at least half a mile of clear water and it is lapping up the house,' Don told Radio 4's Paddy O'Connell this week. 

'It's up against the walls of the kitchen. It's a serious threat'.

The 65-year-old bought his Herefordshire home with his wife Sarah in 1991. 

Its gardens are beloved by viewers who tune in to see Don's latest projects on his BBC2 show.

They are divided into different areas which Don, writing for the Weekend Magazine has described as 'all quite separate and usually hidden from the rest'.     

'We also try to treat each separate area as though it were the only garden that we had. This means that each section has to stand up to the strictest scrutiny and aesthetic standards,' he said, adding that having these different sections avoids the problem of trying to make a garden look good all year round. 

A bird's eye view of the garden and its 'zones': 1. The Spring Garden; 2. The Jewel Garden; 3. The Damp Garden; 4. The Wildlife Garden; 5. The Writing Garden

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A bird's eye view of the garden and its 'zones': 1. The Spring Garden; 2. The Jewel Garden; 3. The Damp Garden; 4. The Wildlife Garden; 5. The Writing Garden

The Spring Garden is the first to flood each year and remained undamaged despite being 'under water for weeks on end' in late 2019 and early 2020, Don wrote. 

It is home to a glorious array of flowers including snowdrops, aconites and hellebores, which gave way to daffodils, fritillaries, tulips and forget-me-notes as spring bursts into bloom.

Solomon's seal, tiarella, brunnera, euphorbia and cow parsley can also be found there. 

Don has delights in the different characteristics of each area in his Longmeadow garden. Pictured: In mid-May the Spring Garden is taken over by a white froth of cow parsley

Don has delights in the different characteristics of each area in his Longmeadow garden. Pictured: In mid-May the Spring Garden is taken over by a white froth of cow parsley

Don has described the Jewel Garden as 'the heart' of his entire garden, calling it 'the physical and conceptual hub around which all other parts revolve'.

The 'very high-maintenance and demanding' garden requires attention all year round to get the best out of its rich and opulent displays that show off their jewel colours throughout the seasons. 

Shrubs such as Buddleja 'Black Night' and B. globosa help add to the structure of the garden, along with plants like the golden Sambucus racemosa 'Plumosa Aurea' and the almost black S. nigra f. porphyrophylla 'Guincho Purple'. 

Flowers in this area include a few vibrant roses  ‘William Shakespeare’ and ‘Falstaff’ as well as dahlias and cannas in the late summer. 

Hundreds of zinnias, tithonias, sunflowers, antirrhinums, cosmos and other annuals compliment the mix. 

Don said the Jewel Garden is a difficult space to keep looking good, but the basic concept is to use jewel colours throughout the seasons. Pictured: The view from the centre of the Jewel Garden between the two halves of the Coppice

Don said the Jewel Garden is a difficult space to keep looking good, but the basic concept is to use jewel colours throughout the seasons. Pictured: The view from the centre of the Jewel Garden between the two halves of the Coppice

Perhaps least averse to any flooding might be the Damp Garden, which is often underwater when everything else is dry.

After resisting putting a pond in until his children were old enough to swim unaided, Don added one to the Damp Garden at the suggestion of the producer when Gardeners' World began shooting in 2011.

Installed in the winter of 2012, Don said the pond 'looked as though it had always been there' within a few months.

It is now home to hostas, ligularias, rodgersias, ferns, primulas and water lilies as well as frogs, newts and water beetles. 

Don said the pond had also benefited the bird and bat population as it attracts lots of insects. 

Don resisted making a pond in the Damp Garden when the area was first taking shape because he had small children. Pictured: The Damp Garden pond is a perfect circle but planted naturalistically

Don resisted making a pond in the Damp Garden when the area was first taking shape because he had small children. Pictured: The Damp Garden pond is a perfect circle but planted naturalistically

Don made a pond in the winter of 2012, with hostas, ligularias, rodgersias, ferns, primulas and water lilies (pictured)

Don made a pond in the winter of 2012, with hostas, ligularias, rodgersias, ferns, primulas and water lilies (pictured)

Don deliberately allows his Wildlife Garden to 'become as wild as it can be' without losing its charm by avoiding pesticides, fungicides and herbicides. 

The garden was made in 2015 by planting hazels, an oak tree and a field maple behind a high hawthorn hedge, which was great for wildlife but not especially attractive, he said.

A pond was added including a shallow beach made up of small stones so birds and mammals could walk in and out of the water, plus a log floating on the surface that is ideal for beetles, basking birds and frogs, and plants such as the native flag, Iris pseudacorus. 

When the pond was moved and made larger last year, Don planted a border filled with plants to attract bees and a range of other insects and pollinators. 

Don recommends not using pesticides, herbicides or fungicides to fill your garden with creatures. Pictured: Don in the Wildlife Garden

Don recommends not using pesticides,

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