Traditional long borders


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. 

This support system is essential to prevent traditional border planting from collapsing mid-Summer but doesn't allow the borders to be planted with Spring flowering bulbs when the netting and stakes would be visible. Perhaps a reason to separate these planting schemes for different areas of the garden.