Semi-formal walled garden with shrubs and herbaceous borders
, rose garden, Victorian greenhouses and chicken village.
Stephanie Wilkins' pictures of the herbaceous borders
in Bute Park, Cardiff
Garden - once an unused swimming pool, the organic vegetable garden and colourful herbaceous borders
A Herbaceous borders
are low maintenance but are best cut back each spring.
The furry little blighter has already gnawed through all the bird feeders, dug up every bulb in the herbaceous borders
, made a fatal incision in the garden hose and completed the Telegraph crossword in less than half an hour, although I had to help him write in the answers, as he still has no opposable thumbs.
Over the river, King's College has an absolutely stunning Fellows' Garden: a great lawn surrounded by herbaceous borders
(cultivated to be at their best throughout the year) and fine, well grown trees -- the place is clearly the product of a very old and skilful tradition of gardening.
With their characteristic hairy stems they look great in herbaceous borders
and their early summer blooms make good cut flowers.
Anyone who has seen the twin herbaceous borders
at Wisley in Surrey or, for that matter, Duffryn Gardens near Cardiff, will shudder at the thought of the work involved in maintaining what is generally regarded as a treasured part of the garden scene.
They include a mediumsized cottage garden with exuberantly planted herbaceous borders
, roses, clematis, ferns and palms and a small packed garden with roses, clematis and fuchsia.
While euphorbias form a diverse group including succulents and poinsettias, it's the hardy types you want to include in your herbaceous borders
, such as E polychroma, which has a neat dome of bright yellow bracts, and E characias, which offer architectural value and height.
2m (3-4ft) tall and bears sizzling tomato-red blooms, ideal for mixed and herbaceous borders
The gardens are on several different levels, with stunning herbaceous borders
, a winter garden, water garden and beautiful arrays of hellebores.