A Herbaceous borders
are low maintenance but are best cut back each spring.
Although hellebores, which can be deciduous or evergreen, tend to only grow to a couple of feet, they don't need to be at the front of the herbaceous border
as there won't be anything stealing their thunder at this time of year.
Has the sun failed to shine on your herbaceous border
DELPHINIUM A MAGNIFICENT plant, the backbone of many an English herbaceous border
or cottage garden, the delphinium stands tall, covered in flowers.
One gardener will advise on ferneries, heather beds and rockeries while others can give general advice at sessions held in the garden's Lavender Court in the Garden Rooms On Thursdays, from 11.30am to 12.30pm, there will be advice from gardeners in the walled garden and herbaceous border
,while on Fridays from noon to 1pm visitors can learn how the Dyffryn experts care for the turf on the croquet lawn.
With its huge leaves and bright red stalks, it makes a spectacular addition to a herbaceous border
, vegetable patch and even large containers on the patio.
denticulata, which bears mauve lollipop flowers on stout 45cm (18in) stems and looks lovely in the herbaceous border
. White varieties are also available, flowering in mid-spring and early summer.
Grow them in the herbaceous border
or a winter border under shrubs, under witch hazel, which is twiggy in winter, or in a mixed border.
With its huge leaves and bright red leaf stalks it makes a great addition to an herbaceous border
and even large containers on the patio.
It does well in hot, dry sites in sandy or even chalky soils, and looks great in a mixed or herbaceous border
or as ground cover.
THINK of an herbaceous border
and it conjures up images of elegant Edwardian ladies strolling gracefully on the lawn of a country house garden, admiring the riotous display of beautiful summer colour in the long, flower-packed, yew hedge-backed border.
MAINSTAYS of the herbaceous border
, heleniums will warm the garden with fiery colours just when other perennials are beginning to fade.