The herbaceous border at Oxburgh Hall

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As you exit the orchard, your gaze will inevitably fall upon the Hall and its surrounding moat. But glance to your left and you'll see the riot of colour that is the herbaceous border.

Used in Victorian times as a secluded walk for the ladies of the house, the border has a yew hedge down its entire length, with a grass path between this and the planting.

The bed is backed by the orchard wall where - depending on the season - you'll see trained varieties of roses, clematis and honeysuckle. It's edged by pale mauve catmint.

The planting is a mixture of shrubs and perennial plants, with occasional bulbs. They give colour right through from May to late autumn. At regular intervals ,all the way down, you'll see lavatera shrubs flanking two unusual buddleias. The rest is a glorious array of delphiniums, lupins, lilies, peonies and many others.

If you decide to press on to Oxburgh Hall with its tearoom and toilets, on your return walk round the south side of the parterre and stroll up the herbaceous border from the bottom. You won't be disappointed.