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Herbaceous Borders

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Herbaceous Borders

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Herbaceous Borders

People travel from all over the world to visit our gardens and see the splendid herbaceous borders, many of which were created in Edwardian days. Gardens like Sissinghurst get high numbers of overseas visitors, and regularly feature in publications. Filled with an opulence of well-tended and colour-coordinated perennials, they create stunning images painted with flowers.

Isabelle Van Groeningen


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A form of gardening instantly associated with English gardeners. Gertrude Jekyll is only one of the gardeners who brought this to perfection.
Michael Parsons

For most of us, the perfect English garden is a romantic one, and what could be more romantic than a fine herbaceous border? Flowering plants crowd together, perhaps against the backdrop of a yew hedge or weathered brick wall, to produce a display of colour that makes any heart stop still. Such borders have been a favourite component of the best English gardens since the 19th century when they were promoted by writers JC Loudon and William Robinson, and then by designer Gertrude Jekyll, as part of a backlash against exotic, specimen plants and the formal 'European-style' gardens of earlier periods. Since then they have been embedded in our minds and hearts as epitomising the perfect garden scene - a timeless icon made of petals!
Historic Gardens Foundation

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My nomination is the garden shed.