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Herbaceous Borders

Comment on herbaceous borders

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

Comment on Herbaceous Borders posted 2006-12-04 by Michael Parsons from Cardiff

Comment on herbaceous borders

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!

Comment on Herbaceous Borders posted 2006-12-04 by Historic Gardens Foundation from London