Flowers no dig for summer, tips on planting and care

I show how to look after some of the easier flowering plants, many perennials, and the time saved by growing no dig, with a thin mulch of organic matter. This could be wood chip and find some near you if in the USA
We filmed when many plants were in flower! June 12th 2018 at Homeacres in Somerset, SW UK zone 8 climate. Thumbnail is zinnias, an annual.
I write books, sell them and a calendar from my website, with information such as timings and best veg for second plantings in summer,
Follow me on Instagram charles_dowding, Twitter @charlesdowding and Facebook.
More about my growing history at
My website has a lot to help you with no dig, for example
Videography at Homeacres and edited by Edward Dowding


  1. WATCHING THE WATCHERS on December 3, 2019 at 6:15 am

    Thanks Charles, I do like some flowers in my plot SUNFLOWERS 😀🌻

  2. Светлана Чернышова on December 3, 2019 at 6:16 am


  3. memia penecilla on December 3, 2019 at 6:20 am

    Wowwww.. Very very beautiful.. I love flowers.. I Hope i could be there To see that very pretty…

  4. RayVietNam Official on December 3, 2019 at 6:21 am

    I am also a youtuber. Hope you support my channel! and help people protect nature! Wishing you more success with your work!

  5. Florestinha da Montanha on December 3, 2019 at 6:21 am

    All beautiful flowers. I would like, if you could, to talk about pruning of fruit trees. thanks

  6. Wendy Bell on December 3, 2019 at 6:22 am

    I have nightmares over bind weed ! My daughters garden borders a golf course which although beautiful to look at is heavily sprayed i really think this drives the weeds to grow stronger in areas that arent sprayed. As we are trying to keep her garden organic the bind weed is a daily chore it is so mean choking everything off i get quite annoyed with it . But on a brighter note great video beautiful garden

  7. Marsh Wetland on December 3, 2019 at 6:24 am

    What are the birds chattering madly as you talk about sweet william around 630& following?

  8. Tina Nguyen on December 3, 2019 at 6:24 am

    Thank you about your vidieo Have you good day I am very like about your vidieo

  9. Venera on December 3, 2019 at 6:26 am

    Надо срочно учить английский! Спасибо!

  10. Matthew Sharp on December 3, 2019 at 6:27 am

    Thank you for yet another wonderful tour around your garden! When you sow flower seeds, do you do anything different than when you sow vegetable seeds? Do you still sow them en mass in small containers before pricking them out? Do you bury the stems of the seedlings when up-potting? Thank you so much.

  11. The Green Acres on December 3, 2019 at 6:28 am

    Great video charles, lovely flowers! keep up the posting!

  12. Dragos Toma on December 3, 2019 at 6:30 am

    Your videos are fantastik. It helps you have such a diverse and beautifull garden. I watched every one of your videos at least 10 times. Good fortune to you and your garden this year from Denmark

  13. Dana Nguyen on December 3, 2019 at 6:33 am

    Very beautiful Thank you about your video

  14. Ilona Lightpainted Doll on December 3, 2019 at 6:33 am

    Thank you so much. This is all wonderful. We will be trying out some of your ideas in our new house’s garden in Poland.

  15. Denise D Rivers on December 3, 2019 at 6:34 am

    So lovely 🌸

  16. Koos van Zyl on December 3, 2019 at 6:36 am

    As a pensioner here in Pretoria, South Africa, I decided to take up vegetable gardening last year. After watching a myriad of YouTube clips, I started off with straw bales. That did not work out very well. After watching some more videos, I decided to choose Charles Dowding as my instructor of choice. I have limited space available so I constructed 6 raised beds from pallet planks, and filled it with compost. It is now approaching winter and my beds are ready for summer. We are in the Southern hemisphere so seasons are the opposite from yours. I do have, however, onions, carrots and beets doing quite well already. We have a frost free, sub tropical climate with temperatures never reaching freezing point. In summer it goes up to well in the mid thirties, which presents its own problems. Thanks for your instructional videos, Charles, Your no dig method is my way to go.

  17. Rhys Jaggar on December 3, 2019 at 6:37 am

    We had a couple of foxgloves emerge spontaneously under our pear tree this spring and they appear to be an incredible attractor of black fly. Makes me wonder whether they could live near broad beans, or does foxglove have deleterious effects on vegetables?

    Great video, this one!

  18. Lorraine g on December 3, 2019 at 6:37 am

    Thankyou for sharing, what a beautiful video, your garden is a credit to your hard work. I did take notes and getting some of what you have mentioned. Re the walnut tree seedlings, did you think of donating them to your local community area, i had a few tree growths of which i dug up and gave to our local tidy towns and a pitch n put area who lost trees in storm ophelia. Just a thought.

  19. วิลัยวรรณ ชะรุมรัมย์ on December 3, 2019 at 6:39 am


  20. sheepfiberllamas on December 3, 2019 at 6:39 am

    i love him

  21. attermire2109 on December 3, 2019 at 6:39 am

    This video has cheered up an otherwise dull winter morning, I’m looking forward to spring and summer planting now

  22. _Paws_ on December 3, 2019 at 6:40 am

    9:19 Lobelia cardinalis can be cultured as freshwater plant for aquariums.

  23. Little Cassidy Homestead on December 3, 2019 at 6:40 am

    Your garden is beautiful. I am really enjoying your videos, thank you so much for sharing 🙂 🌺

  24. WATCHING THE WATCHERS on December 3, 2019 at 6:42 am

    12:30 That is a hourse chestnut not a walnut 😀

  25. Karen Kneebone on December 3, 2019 at 6:43 am

    Inspiring as always.. if we were not frazzling away in 40plus heat here in Australia I’d run out and plant a garden bed full..😀. Loved the garden tour.

  26. Mini Tran on December 3, 2019 at 6:44 am

    All of your video…this my favorite 😁🌹💜

  27. ayina114 on December 3, 2019 at 6:44 am

    Wonderful video as always Sir. I plant some flowers just to bright my tiny garden. After some years of trial and error. Now I set to hibiscus, gardenia, fangipani, rain lily & mossrose. I live in tropics. Those flowers are easy to grow, easy to flower all year long. I actually plant the flower first, after stumbling at your videos 😁 now I’m starting to grow my own vegetables.

  28. Henry Little on December 3, 2019 at 6:47 am

    Beautiful garden sir. Question for you: do you spray your roses with anything? I’ve been nervous to try them for fear of fungal disease but I’m giving it a shot this year. Perhaps compost and a little pruning is all that’s needed. Thoughts?

  29. Zuza on December 3, 2019 at 6:49 am

    Thank you for very informativ video. As always 🙂 do you know if there is a vegetable that can not be plantet close to dahlias and gladiola? I am expanding my veggie garden this spring and some of my flowers do have to go in high rise bed… Thank you for your answer.

  30. Natural Vegan Mom on December 3, 2019 at 6:50 am

    Charles your videos are a delight!

  31. flocarpenter on December 3, 2019 at 6:50 am

    Hello Mr. Dowding, another inspiring video, thanks a lot. But please allow me to ask a question: how do you manage the borders of your lawn when it comes to your beds? Do you cut them with a spade? Have a great spring and garden year, with greetings from south Germany!

  32. sion evans on December 3, 2019 at 6:51 am

    Juglans Regia..grow it on Charles..get it to market.. lovely garden and fantastic ideas for my plot

  33. Cami Cri on December 3, 2019 at 6:53 am

    My mom loved the garden, we both did. Thank you!

  34. Tracey Pye on December 3, 2019 at 6:55 am

    So sorry a quick question. When do you annually mulch your flower bed? Just starting gardening again in my flower garden and have spent compost to use up.

  35. Tracey Pye on December 3, 2019 at 6:56 am

    That has helped with my question on #Britishflowers the other night about no dig and annual flower beds. Thank you.

  36. 庚昊天 on December 3, 2019 at 6:56 am

    我的梦想花园。This is my dream garden.

  37. ThatOneHumanMale on December 3, 2019 at 6:57 am

    Hey Charles, what’d you do with that poppy pod?

  38. Vicki Morton on December 3, 2019 at 6:59 am

    Love Hollyhocks! I am in zone 9 and too hot for them😪

  39. florie Brown on December 3, 2019 at 6:59 am

    Very nice Charles I like planting flowers close to my vegetables for the purpose of pollination, this year we were lacking bee presence but I noticed they came late in summer. Thanks lovely video.

  40. Silkie Fun. on December 3, 2019 at 7:01 am

    I was just watching one of your lovely videos with my wife, they are such a joy to watch , definitely on par with Gardeners world. Very professional and well put together. Thank you such informative and valuable videos.

  41. donzilia on December 3, 2019 at 7:02 am

    Dear Charles, I am a dedicated perennial flower grower and was so pleased that you have made a video applying no dig techniques to my first love. Can you answer a few questions that have me vexed?: How thick should a mulch be in which to grow perennials atop firmed soil (that we know not to dig into, however compacted)? Will it be deep enough to accommodate the roots of a well-established transplanted perennial? And if the mulch is suitably deep, would that not be too rich for many perennials, particularly grasses (not to mention your lovely Lychnis Coronarias) that are said to prefer a less fertile medium? I love your videos and have been enthusing my fellow gardening students to watch them. Keep up the good work. And more on no dig flowering borders would be wonderful!

  42. Danuta Hachlica on December 3, 2019 at 7:02 am


  43. Jeri Landers of Hopalong Hollow on December 3, 2019 at 7:02 am

    Ah flowers, now you’re talking my language! Me, I’m okay with Foxgloves everywhere, I let them go to seed. Love this garden and I love your house. I’ve been using your no dig method for 2 years now and love it.

  44. neil ellis on December 3, 2019 at 7:02 am

    so great , as always! love what you do

  45. Maurina Ferreira on December 3, 2019 at 7:04 am

    Meu Deus como são lindas as flores amo todas cada uma mais linda que a outra parabéns Chales😍👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏

  46. Patricia Wilson on December 3, 2019 at 7:04 am

    Hi Charles , Just wanted to say so glad to discover your fabulous videos , they are really enjoyable to watch and so informative. Recently moved to a new place and the no dig approach is wonderful since back problems have left me unable to dig. Working my way through the videos need more help with starting seeds off. Thank you again and you have a stunning garden……. best wishes Pat

  47. SoniaRose / on December 3, 2019 at 7:06 am

    I just absolutely LOVED this video! So many beautiful colourful flowers. Wish I could see more videos on flowers from your garden. Thanks for sharing! 🌺

  48. Nunakin Skywalker on December 3, 2019 at 7:08 am

    Awesome video as always! You have such a nice garden, Charles. Keep making these lovely and informative videos.

  49. Renee on December 3, 2019 at 7:08 am

    Hello from Canada 😊 I’m enjoying your channel thanks for sharing with us . I’ve learned some interesting stuff from your channel thank you. Your gardens very beautiful and the bees are very lucky 😀

  50. WORLD CUISINE on December 3, 2019 at 7:11 am

    Dnt like his videos. He dnt show practically. Only theorithical. Botany is allmost practical.

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