One of my dreams, if I had a large garden, would be to create a walk lined by many flowers to admire its color and enjoy its aroma by taking entertaining walks. The creation of borders or herbaceous borders dates back to the Victorian era, in England, when landscape pioneer Gertrude Jekyll began incorporating it into her garden designs.
When Jekyll designed the House of Charles Holme in Upton Gray, back in 1908, he arranged long linear herbaceous compositions separating areas and bordering paths with color schemes ranging from the coldest (white and blue) to the warmest (orange and Red). Those combinations attracted attention and soon became popular. All the great gardens of the time were incorporating grass borders full of texture and color.
In Munstead Wood, Jekyll’s home, you could not miss the beautiful flower-filled edges that the landscaper liked so much. Here you can see the way he organized the plants, organized by heights, shapes, and tones.
Herbaceous edging remains a key element of the garden today. Well raised and planted correctly, it can be the perfect way to add interest to space. In addition to combining perennial herbs, which cover the blooms during all seasons of the year, shrubs and annuals can also be incorporated to ensure a beautiful color display throughout the year.
Throughout the world, there are gardens with fabulous herbaceous borders, of those that leave me speechless and sighing with pleasure just by seeing them in photographs. Considered the largest in the world, the Great Boring of Kew Gardens is a fantastic source of inspiration.
Accompany the walker from the Palm House to the Orangery, covering a length of 320 meters with beds of herbs that bloom in spring, and perennials that complete the summer color. Sage, Allium, Rudbeckia, Aster, Echinacea, Penstemon, Agapanto, Kniphofia and many more species that provide different nuances.
The double bite of Arley Gardens is another exceptional example. In this case, the rows of herbaceous, which limit a fresh patch of grass, are contained between yew hedges that provide a certain formal character of the whole. It is said that she is the first of its kind in England.
Christopher Lloyd was one of the most influential landscapers of the twentieth century and his own garden, in Great Dixter, the legacy of his good work with plants. Lloyd liked to walk around and observe the long border, a broad border of flowers that he was always perfecting to bloom non-stop from April to October. The combination of shrubs, perennials, annuals, and climbers, is a master class of planting.
In the heart of London, there is Inner Temple, a group of buildings with a long history that during the 12th century were the Templar headquarters and are currently occupied by a society of barristers. The interior garden of the building (of more than 12000 m2) the mixed borders are very admired for their combination of perennial, annual plants, herbs, and shrubs of lush foliage.
The herbaceous edging is a characteristic element of the English Garden, so it is easy to find it in any garden in this country. Surely whoever has been in England will have known beautiful flower borders. If this is your case, can you tell us what you have seen?