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Rising Up

Long Border

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  • A golden sedge, Carex elata 'Aurea' brings a vibrant splash of gold to the planting, which is otherwise dominated by cool whites, blues and greens
  • The blue flowers and dark stems of Salvia x sylvestris contrast beautifully with the pale flowers of white foxgloves, Digitalis purpurea f. albiflora
  • Three Juniperus scopulorum 'Blue Arrow' stand proud in the centre of the border representing Emmerline, Christabel and Syliva Pankhurst.

About the garden 

This border commemorates 100 years since the Suffragette Movement achieved the right to vote for women. Like the suffragettes’ defiant uprising, figures of yew emerge through clouds of colour, standing strong and upright, coupled with repeated gypsophila swathes. The tiny white flowers twist dress-like around the Juniperus, hinting at femininity. Each delicate flower represents a woman rallying behind these influential political groups. Within the Suffragette Movement some engaged in violent protests, depicted by spiky, upright perennials creating intrigue, contrasting with graceful, feminine-like forms. The colour scheme is mostly purple, white and green – colours associated with the Suffragette Movement – presented in drifts of contrasting textures and shapes.

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