Conserving the herbaceous border

The long, double herbaceous borders running down to the pond at Upton House, Warwickshire.

This garden conservation project started in July 2017. Over the next three years a different section of our impressive double herbaceous border will undergo replanting.

Kitty Lloyd Jones was the pioneering garden designer Lady Bearsted chose to redesign Upton’s garden in the 1930s. At a time when few professions were open to women, Kitty’s design talents, practical determination, and warmth won her respect and esteem from the aristocratic clients she advised.  

Her commission at Upton marked the start of Kitty’s flourishing career.  Upton’s herbaceous borders remain a legacy of her knowledge and craft in this form of planting. The work you see in this border is part of an ongoing project to control perennial weeds, and to revise Upton’s herbaceous planting schemes.  

Our gardeners are following Kitty’s guidelines for the herbaceous border, as set out in the publication, Modern Garden Craft (1936). Over the next two years they will remove the border a third at a time, and replant with varieties that will flower between July and September, the summer period, when the Bearsted family would have been at home.

The double herbaceous border is in full colour in summer
The sloping herbaceous border in full colour
The double herbaceous border is in full colour in summer