The Herbaceous Garden

Before the untimely demise of the old yew hedge that separated the south lawn from the herbaceous garden, the main border was much narrower. Now, with the expanse of bank, there is extra room for a combination of prairie style and more traditional herbaceous planting. So a number of grasses ( miscanthus, calamagrostis, imperica and pennisetum), eupatorium, sanguisorbia and persicarias combine with the more traditional paeonies, astrantia, roses, eryngium, delphiniums,geraniums, nepeta and monarda (to name but a few). Height is provided by four ornamental pear trees and six metal frames that house roses and clematis.

Atop the bank and forming a boundary between the lawns and herbaceous garden, sits a "baker's dozen" of yew shapes. It would be good to say there was some story behind both the shapes and their number but there isn't; the number was dictated by a job lot that was available at the stockists, Wykeham Mature Plants. Their existence is really down to a strong desire to have yew shapes following our frustrated initial attempt to position them on the south lawn. Sitting on top of the bank, drainage is not an issue so the yew shapes have not only survived, but prospered in that location.