The Long Borders

The ‘Long Borders’ are the first big change we made to the garden, back in the winter of 2013/14. The borders are lined on one side by a copper beech hedge (now about 10 feet high) and on the other by a yew hedge, still only about 6 feet high.

All the plants in these borders have pastel coloured flowers and we have aimed to repeat the same plants throughout the borders.  We have, for example, a Ceanothus ‘Gloire de Versailles’ in each of the four quadrant borders.  Other recurring plants include a deep pink lupin ‘The Pages’, various delphiniums, Rosa ‘Harlow Carr’, Polemonium ‘Lilac Giant’ and different pink and purple geraniums.

We have tried to create view points along two of the axes and have recently had a platform built for a large urn, at the top of the borders. When the hedges surrounding the borders are fully mature, we hope to create a sense of being in a ‘garden room’, with glimpsed views outside it.

We hope you enjoy this short video.

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