This border runs along the back of the stock beds on the southern edge of the nursery. This long narrow area used to contain a row of Black currents, which were great but were messy and I needed more space for planting. The border is only six feet wide at the most so it was interesting to plan out a long narrow border. I decided to divide it up into smaller area with a colour theme. These small areas were then divided up with blocks of Molinia varieties in a nod to my design hero Piet Oudolf. This also gives me a place to show the differences between all the Molinias we grow and sell.

Many of the plants are available to buy in the nursery.

The Long Border

The Long Stock Bed border (top terrace)

Section One - White and Purple Shade Planting

Athyrium filix-femina (Cruciatum Group) 'Lydiate Victoria'

Betula utilis var. Jacquemontii

Cirsium rivulare 'Atropurpureum'

Chaerophyllum hirsutum 'Roseum'

Lamium maculatum 'Orchid Frost'

Luzula nivea

Polystichium tsusimense

Rogersia podophylla 'Smaragd'

Block of Molinia caerulea subsp. arundinacea 'Cordoba'

Section 2 - Pinks and Whites with a splash of yellow

Astrantia major 'Sunningdale Variegated'

Phlox paniculata 'Mount Fuji'

Helenium 'Pumilum Magnificum'

Thalictrum lucidum

Thalictrum 'Black Stockings'

Block of Molinia caerulea subsp. arundinacea 'Fontäne'

White and blue border with a splash of yellow

Aruncus dioicus

Briza media

Camasia leichtlinii subsp. Suksdorfii Caerulea Group

Campanula lactiflora 'Pritchards Variety'

Chamaenerion angustifolium 'Album'

Delphinium Black Knight Group

Echinops bannaticus 'Taplow Blue'

Galega officinalis var Alba

Inula magnifica

Malva moschata 'Alba'

Block of Molinia caer. subsp. arundinacea ‘Karl Foerster’

Box balls

Erysimum 'Bowles Mauve'

Euphorbia wulfennii

Helleborus argutifolius

Tulip Bellona,

Tulip ‘Yellow Empress’

Tulip 'Princess Irene'

Molinia caer. subsp. arundinacea ‘Skyracer’

Allium giganteum

Anthriscus sylvestris 'Ravenswing'

Cephalaria gigantea

Chaerophyllum hirsutum 'Roseum'

Cirsium rivulare 'Atropurpureum'

Dryopteris erythrosora

Melica altissima var. Atropurpurea

Verbascum phoeniceum 'Violetta'

Molinia caer. subsp. arundinacea ‘Transparent’  

In the pink

Achillea ‘Flowerburst Lilac shades’

Althaea cannabina

Dianthus carthusianorum

Echinaciea pallida ‘Hula Dancer’

Echinacea ‘Powwow ‘Wild Berry’

Kautia macedonica

Verbena hastata ‘Pink Spires’

Molinia caer. subsp. arundinacea ‘Windspiel’