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’