Katie Rushworth, our favourite Yorkshire gardener and TV presenter, is back at Tong to inspire you with a brand new garden in a brand new location.

Here at Tong, we were never in any doubt that spending time in our gardens is good for you, whether relaxing, pottering or planting! With this in mind, we felt Katie’s latest garden here at Tong should be a wellbeing garden – a space that reflects just how important our gardens have been in recent times.

At 16m2, Katie’s wellbeing garden is packed with plenty to inspire you and will change as the seasons progress to bring you new ways to style your space with plants that are in season now.

The garden will continue to reflect the way we enjoy our gardens and feature Katie’s selection of plants, chosen for their purpose and so deserving of an important place in this garden.

“This year, my garden at Tong is all about wellbeing!” says Katie. “After a year of lockdowns and local restrictions, we’ve all learnt just what joy our gardens bring! Whether yours is a rambling garden or a tiny plot with plenty packed in, a place to relax, unwind, potter, plant or produce, our gardens are havens so we’re celebrating the positive power they have on our mood, health and wellbeing.”



Katie has transformed her wellbeing garden here at Tong from a tranquil, relaxation space into the perfect place to entertain this summer, packed with an abundance of hot colours and a sea of glorious textures!

Katie has handpicked a brand new selection vibrant VIPs that encapsulates the summer mood and created a planting scheme that will set the perfect backdrop for those summer get-togethers that we’ve all missed so much!

Come take a seat and be inspired!

“I’ve swapped out the soft blues, pinks and lilacs for late summer hot colours and it looks awesome! I love a hot jazzy planting scheme!

“So, if you want a garden that will lift your spirits and put a spring in your step, then be sure to visit Tong for inspiration. It’s been so lovely seeing people taking pictures and enjoying the space.

Katie’s wellbeing garden is filled with VIPs – those Very Important Plants that are in season now and picked by Katie for their purpose, be it beauty, structure, scent or hardiness. Find out why each plant deserves to be a VIP and if it really ought to be a VIP in your garden too.

“I’d love to know what you love about my wellbeing garden, whether you agree that my VIPs deserve a place in your garden and how your garden has helped you in recent times.” Says Katie.

My VIPs for summer!


I absolutely love Echinacea. These drought-tolerant and long-blooming perennials look fantastic in a mixed border, adding height and structure with their impressive stature! They are also super rich in nectar and very popular with both bees and butterflies!


Rudbeckia is definitely one of my favourites! It has gorgeous, bright yellow daisies that will flower all throughout summer into autumn. And it’s not only loved by me but it’s also wonderful for garden wildlife, especially bees!


Red-Hot Pokers are fantastic summer plants that add vibrancy and drama to any garden. They bloom from late spring until autumn and produce stunning tall spikes of red, orange and yellow flower buds that will make a real statement in a mixed border!


Helenium is a wonderful little plant that stays nice and compact and is great for providing structure. Once the petals drop off, it leaves these eye-catching button-like seed heads that will last all through the winter – it’s a must in my garden!

“Be in with a chance of winning a selection of my Very Important Plants by sharing a photo of yourself enjoying my wellbeing garden right here at Tong!”

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Alfie joins Katie to plant up!

Our very own horticulture apprentice, Alfie Taylor, has been chosen to work alongside Katie for the initial planting and subsequent seasonal changes in her new wellbeing garden at Tong Garden Centre.

“This is an amazing opportunity for me to learn from Katie. It was a brilliant day seeing how Katie planned out the borders to create the popular seasonal planting schemes that customers come to see then replicate at home. Being a garden designer is what I’ve always wanted to do and working with Katie is going to be a wonderful way to help me to grow my knowledge.” he said.

Alfie attends Shipley College one day a week to study for a Level 2 Horticulture and Landscape Operative qualification and joined Tong in 2020 working four days a week within our Plants team.

Katie Rushworth at Tong Garden Centre

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