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Traditional long borders

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There is something truly timeless about traditional long borders facing one another across a long sward of lawn. Here at Castle Kennedy near Stanraer the gardeners have made this exercise in gardening look easy but they have enlisted support. 

Beneath the planting around 50cm off the ground is a web of wide netting through which the perennial and annual plants have been grown affording great support as the plants grow taller and flower. 

Installed in mid-May and removed mid-October outside these months the borders can be mulched and have Spring flowering bulbs free of the netting structure. This support system is essential to prevent traditional border planting from collapsing mid-Summer.