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Rhythm of Colour

Long Border

Did you know...

  • More than 400 plants, many grown on the college nursery, are packed into this Long Border with colours ranging from hot to cold and repeating throughout the scheme
  • Plants that have been growing in the 25-acre historic garden for many years such as Astrantia major and Achillea millefolium are grown alongside newcomer and now garden favourite, Geum 'Totally Tangerine'
  • Created by head gardener, Samantha Harvey, and a 35-strong team of volunteers, this border with its contemporary twist is filled with numerous inspirational combinations such as seed-raised Salvia x superba 'Rose Queen' with Stipa tenuissima and Lysimachia ciliata 'Firecracker', which is regularly tipped to keep the red foliage

About the garden

Designed to celebrate the history and beauty of Broomfield Hall Gardens at Derby College, and to champion the work of its amazing volunteers, this border has been inspired by Broomfield Hall’s long border. This was influenced by Gertrude Jekyll’s no-nonsense philosophy of creating natural planting effects, using form and texture, and seeing the value of ordinary plants. Textural, sustainable plants from the college grounds reflect light, and a rainbow of colours creates rhythm, drawing the viewer along the border. The colour choice repeats hot to cold to further define the sense of movement. Created by a team of volunteers, this border underpins the values of Broomfield Hall, one of the UK’s leading horticultural colleges.

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