The Waterperry Gardens in Oxfordshire

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Waterperry gardens are steeped in history, with the famous, purely herbaceous border dating back to the 1930s when the indomitable Beatrix Havergal established her School of Horticulture for Ladies.

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While there are no formal plans for the garden from that time, her general planting principles are still followed today.Running more than 200 feet along the length of the old kitchen garden wall, the south-facing herbaceous border was designed to give as long a display as possible of colour and interest.

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New design elements have been incorporated into the 8 acre gardens over the years, including the mixed double colour border. This shows beautifully how to use flowers, stems, autumn foliage and fruit in design, with each colour change reflected in the border opposite.A formal knot garden reflects plants that would have been found in Tudor or Stuart times, moving onto Georgian and Victorian gardens and the twentieth century. There’s also a herb border and a spectacular white and lavender wisteria arch.The Mary Rose Gardens show how different types of rose can be used in different settings.

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