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Turning Point

Long Border

Did you know...

  • Although this is a garden of two halves, one shady and one sunny, some plants are repeated on both sides of the divide to hold the design together
  • Clipped yew balls and Baltic cow parsley (Cenolophium denudatum) tolerate both sun and shade, so are planted on both sides

About the garden

A naturalistic planting design gives this traditional long mixed border a 21st-century edge. Designed for a windy site with plants in motion, arching into waves and rippling along its length, this border is divided by a sculptural, curving screen that winds through the planting and circles in on itself. On the south-facing side, grasses catch the wind and dance among the foliage, stems and buds of herbaceous plants. An anchor shrub at the western end tips the screen down to its lowest point. On the north-facing side, shrubs and grasses interweave with loose, subtle, textural herbaceous planting. Gardens are always in movement: as the earth turns, shadows shift through the day, and across the years a cycle of growth, decay and renewal repeats. This border captures the turning point from late spring freshness to midsummer plenty. 

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