Our RHS Chatsworth Long Border

Middleton Hall & Gardens have been taking part in the Long Border competition this year at RHS Chatsworth.

‘A touch of drama’ features a dramatic clash of tactile plants and is full of contrasts. Fluffy grasses and velvety foliage jostle with strap-like leaves and spiky flower heads. Mounds of fluffy shrubs invite stroking, whilst spiky, thistle-like bracts suggest keeping your distance. Muted, metallic silvery foliage is splashed throughout with vibrant spikes of colour from lupins, cirsium and digitalis.

The long border has been designed by Middleton Hall & Gardens’ Senior Gardener Paul Martin and he was ably assisted by his enthusiastic garden volunteers.

The planting scheme of the border is linked by handcrafted iron spikes topped with glass pendant, created by our volunteer blacksmith.

Below is a full list of all the plants that feature in our border.

Fluffy
Imperata cylindrica ‘Red Baron’
Pennisetum advena ‘Rubrum’
Foeniculum vulgare ‘Purpureum’ 
Stipa giganteum
Stipa tenuissima

Persicaria bistorta

Spiky
Eryngium zabelii ‘Big Blue’
Cirsium rivulare ‘Atropurpureum’
Festuca glauca ‘Intense Blue’
Phormium ‘Maori Sunrise’

Silvery foliage
Senecio ‘Angel wings’
Artemisia ‘Powis Castle’

Mound-forming
Hebe ‘James Stirling’
Santolina ‘Lemon Fizz’
Ficinia ‘Ice Crystal’

Splashes of colour
Lupinus West Country ‘Rachel de Thame’
Digitalis ‘Foxlight Plum Gold’
Sedum xenon
Primula ‘Vialii’
Echinacea ‘Fatal attraction’
Achillea millefolium ‘Apple Blossom’

Velvety
Stachys byzantina
Solenostemon ‘Chocolate Mint’