Herbaceous Border

The Herbaceous Border is 165m long and is backed by one of Britain's finest beech hedges. The hedge itself is now over 100 years old and consists of more than 150 individual trees. The trees were originally planted as part of a mixed deciduous boundary to separate the Garden from the land beyond, which was then grazed by cattle.

A Hot Red, Monarda 'Cambridge Scarlet'. Herbaceous borders require feeding with organic matter in spring and removal of the dead stems in winter. Birch stakes and metal rings are used to support taller plants and flower stems.

Future work

The spring staking of the herbaceous borderPlans for the revamp of our Herbaceous Border are now taking shape. Bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis) has been a serious problem for some time, and the only way to address this properly is to start from scratch.

We plan to tackle the whole border in four sections. The first of the sections to be started is probably the worst infected and that is the second half of the east border. We will be removing plants and propagating them this autumn.

Centaurea dealbata flower. Thereafter the ground will be left fallow and the bindweed killed off as and when it emerges. Eventually the whole border will be replanted in a rainbow spectrum running from hot reds, oranges and yellows through to cool blues, mauves and whites.

We also plan to concentrate colour in the months of July and August, as this is when a large number of our summer visitors come to the Garden.

Optional colour plans

Two colour options under discusion for Herbaceous Border

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The Herbaceous Border backed by the beech hedge.

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