Carol Klein shares coriander herb hack to deter butterflies from ‘attacking’ her cabbages

Great British Gardens with Carol Klein trailer revealed

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Horticulturist Carol Klein embarked on another season by season tour, visiting some of Britain’s most incredible gardens over the course of a year. Each episode of the series will see Carol visit one beautiful garden. The first season of Great British Gardens won The Roy Lancaster TV Broadcast of the Year Award at the Garden Media Guild Awards 2019.

The awards, which are one of the biggest events of the horticultural calendar, also saw Carol honoured with a Lifetime Achievement award.

On last week’s episode she visited the stunning Arundel Castle Gardens which included a tulip maze.

This week, Carol will be visiting the garden of Coton Manor, located in the peaceful Northamptonshire countryside.

The garden includes 10 acres of luxuriant borders, a wild flower meadow and a bluebell wood.

The episode will see Carol meet the gardener who transformed the garden into a masterclass in creative, dramatic planting schemes that keep on going, all year round.

In light of the new series, Carol spoke exclusively to Express.co.uk about what she learned along the way, including a rather nifty coriander hack for deterring butterflies.

“I found every garden inspiring,” said Carol.

She added: “I didn’t come back thinking I want to change my garden.

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“It’s too late to make any fundamental changes. I planted a couple of new beds.”

Carol planted a cut flower bed, which viewers saw her create on her previous series, Gardening with Carol Klein.

The gardening expert said she was “so keen” on it that she planted another smaller one by her house.

She explained further: “There are these small, brick beds near our kitchen door.

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“One of them has got strawberries in there.”

She added: “I’ve planted cabbages in the other and I’ve put cut flowers in another and in some places we’ve actually mixed them all up which is always a good idea.”

Carol said you can mix flowers in with your vegetables and herbs, and herbs in with your vegetables.

“I’ve just put coriander, for instance, in with my cabbages – to try and deter cabbage white butterflies,” she said.

“Because the coriander smells so strong, I’m hoping the butterflies won’t attack the cabbages.

“It’s called companion planting. Lots of these gardens practice that.”

Companion planting can help achieve higher yields and pest control.

For example, you can plant sunflowers with squash and cucumber.

Great British Gardens with Carol Klein airs June 21 at 9pm on Channel 5

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