The Herbaceous Border

With its sweeping borders the Herbaceous Border reaches its peak in June & July - a real highlight not to be missed.

Lord  Fairhaven designed the Herbaceous Border in the early 1950s, in what had been an ornamental vegetable and flower garden.

The five curving borders are surrounded by closely clipped beech hedging to provide shelter. In the centre of the garden he placed a statue of the Saxon God Tiw, by the leading 18th - Century sculptor, Michael Rysbrack, which he had purchased from Stowe.

The original planting scheme was devised by his close friend Major Vernon Daniels.  Considered unusual at the time, large clumps of single varieties were planted for their shape and form, rather than in blocks of colour.

Today our team of seven gardeners look after over 230 varieties of plant which are chosen to reach their peak in June & July.

Work in the Herbaceous Border starts in early March and the gardeners can regularly be seen throughout spring and early summer staking the plants to ensure they have adequate support.  In late autumn the plants are cut down and the tops composted, to be used as mulch at a later date.