Big Boundaries Boundaries-Hilliers gardens can inspire us all

Since mid-spring, I have been cutting, trimming, and trimming my garden. In this blue year, there was a lot to cut and clean in British gardens. Most plants grow at a faster pace than ever before. One difference between gardening and traditional art is that gardeners should stick to it, but sculptures can leave out the final version. Gardening is always a work in progress.

How can a large border be improved when it is not in my care or under my control? Seven years ago, I described the huge double border of Sir Harold Hillier Gardens near Ampfield in Hampshire, one of the largest and most courageous openings recently opened to the public. The long central pedestrian sidewalks, both 20 meters deep and 250 meters long, were smashed into a central meeting place on both sides. In the garden, the soil is often mixed.

One border is slightly shaded and the other is in full sun. Behind them is a shelter of green trees and tall shrubs in the local arbor. To make the edges and accessibility easier, both borders have a flat, flat surface. They are a great expression on the main pole of this public garden. If they had been planted in 2012, they would have made a mistake. They are in stark contrast, a striking example of new frontiers, regardless of the scope of their project.

The two borders were taken over by others who lost their influence. A.D. In 1964, Sir Harold Hillier the Great decided to establish a 100-year-old frontier to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the world-famous gardener. The trees and shrubs around the border eventually became entangled and the planting became boring. A.D. In 1977, Heiller’s Garden and Arborret were transferred to Hampshire County Council, where they have shown remarkable commitment ever since. The redesigned borders are an example.

The last time I saw them, they were so amazing — they came to the forefront of disintegration and over time? In the locks, their supervisor, Fran Cliffe, had to take control of the entire garden as the position of the volunteers became less and less. Some annual cotton weeds still have to be pulled, but the double border has been crossed. It is in good condition and full of ideas for all of us.

Harold Hillier in Vegetation

Among the many differences, Hillier was a fan of cricket. To his credit, the designers of the new frontier worked with a 22-yard basic unit, a cricket field, to unify their plans. In each room, they are placed in the rules, not narrow holes, and to show the eye along the entire length of the border. I use the same method. When the actors of the season are separated, the spectator’s eye jumps over the non-flower and goes down from one color to the next full length. The two boundaries do not reflect each other, but some teams repeat from one side to the other. Last year, I was even more impressed with this result in the longest boundaries of New York Hall in Yorkshire.

I approve of the use of Hiliary Boundaries of Flower Shrubs. They give shape and height to the trunks and leaves around them. Cliffton, in particular, values ​​the Douzian family highly, and I agree. Strawberry Fields and Iris Alford are two favorites, I add Rochester Hammer Pink and White Pride, a beautiful variety. In late July, the best white Deutzia setchuenensis corymbiflora prolongs the season, but it is not always strong in cold gardens – unlike others it does not need to be cut after flowering. At the end of the day, the evergreen green Abelia Grafilora awaits the show.

The two boundaries run to a depth of 20 meters and a length of 250 meters and are broken at the central meeting point

The two boundaries run to a depth of 20 meters and a length of 250 meters and are broken at the central meeting place © Low level aerial photography

I guess this is one of the coolest gardens in the world, with lots of pink, shiny shrubs for a mixed border. It is 5 feet high and wide. I will never cut mine. I do nothing. In return it blooms for menstruation, looks good with dahlia. At the Hills border, the Dahlias never rise. Cliff recommends cutting the stems when the snow is dark, and then placing leaf mold or rot on the soil at least nine inches deep.

These tiny bumps, tied to a wire mesh, bring Dahlias in the coldest weeks of the past winter. In mid-November, they save my work by picking up the seeds and storing them in a shed every year. But the glue must be deep.

Deutzia Strawberry Fields

Deutzia Strawberry Fields © Steffen Hauser / Alamy

Deutzia Iris Alford

Deutzia Iris Alford, John Richmond

Height is important in such a long planting, and here, Hilliers’ boundaries hit the target. Long metal frames, like extended tree trunks, were commissioned by a local craftsman, and then installed in each center with a strong late-growing clusters. The clams must be fed from spring onwards and then compete in an iron nest and hide it in the middle of summer. They bloom freely this weekend, especially in the family of two Vitikala team, Mnuyet and the Hurier frontier stars. If you want to add more border height to the border, invest in local metalwork and follow this clematis method.

Glad I found border plants, new to me, consider using them at home. Flux had a great year this summer, but we should all hunt for the best varieties on the market. They bloom longer and resist mold. In Hampshire I have the red Phlox Kirchenfurst (provided by at least 10 suppliers in the RHS plant finder) and the Flux Endc Miss Jill, with a red central dot white (listed by at least seven suppliers). In August, Flax winners are improving, lying better and better in your North Garden.

I found two amazing things. Both are extremely easy to grow from seed ( is the source of both). Alcea officinalis grows to a height of about 5ft and is a wild hollyhock, flower-gray and very compact. I recently wrote about their friends Holihox but I have never seen it so good in the big British border.

Golden leather

Golden Lease © Aflo Co.

Also in the shadows, the golden leash, Patrinia Scabiosilia, catches my eye, confusing my uncertain eyes. Up to 3 feet tall, it has many acid yellow flowers that stand out in the long Vista. It is a simple plant that we ignore in half shade.

Three weeks ago, I criticized the expensive installation of a marble arch and the town hall boxes in Central Oxford. One 6 6 million, the FT earned, the second at least ,000 120,000. Hampshire County Council has been the most supportive of the last 40 years. Supporting one of Britain’s most spectacular plants, thousands of visitors are thrilled to be a gardener.

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