Kilver Court has announced the completion of its 100 metre herbaceous border redesign situated behind the Charlton Viaduct within its 3.5 acre garden in Shepton Mallet, Somerset.
The project was the vision of Kilver Court and Mulberry founder Roger Saul who has wanted to replant the border since taking ownership of the gardens in 1995.
The redesign process started in September 2016 where a team of gardeners emptied and remodeled the shape of the border.
More than 50 wheelbarrow loads of roots were removed and replanted with over 1,000 plants in hundreds of different varieties to the planting scheme designed by Roger.
Saul’s design was inspired by the time he spent working alongside Nori Pope, a garden designer whose style focused on harnessing the power of colour.
Saul used Pope’s colourist theory as inspiration, and designed the planting scheme to flow through the full colour spectrum, encompassing the entire length of the herbaceous border.
Saul said: “As a designer I’m constantly thinking about how to refresh and reinvent and as one of my true passions is gardening, I couldn’t wait to tackle this enormous challenge.
“I felt that the viaduct in some way acted as a block to the last section of the garden, but now it’s like a huge looking glass that draws you through to the final story the garden has to tell.”
He added: “This project has been a real labour of love for the whole team because a garden is an ever-changing landscape where you’re trying to tame living things whilst battling the elements.
“I’m delighted with our achievements as a team and I hope this new herbaceous border will both surprise and enchant our visitors.”
Visitors can see the newly redesigned 100m herbaceous border at Kilver Court Designer Village now.
The gardens are open Mon – Sat, 10.00am – 5pm and Sundays, 10am – 4.30pm.