It’s a Gold for our RHS Chatsworth Long Border

Middleton Hall & Gardens were awarded a Gold medal for our Long Border at this year’s RHS Chatsworth.

‘A touch of drama’ featured a dramatic clash of tactile plants. Fluffy grasses and velvety foliage jostled with strap-like leaves and spiky flower heads. Muted, metallic silvery under-planting was splashed throughout with vibrant spikes of colour from lupins, cirsium and digitalis.

The Long Border was designed by Middleton Hall & Gardens’ Senior Gardener Paul Martin, and he was ably assisted by his enthusiastic garden volunteers. The planting scheme was linked by handcrafted iron spikes topped with glass pendants that were created by our volunteer blacksmith, Di Vernon.

“It has been a fantastic experience for everyone. My volunteers have loved getting involved, seeing behind the scenes of a big flower show. I have met so many lovely people and learnt so much from people in the industry. Myself and my volunteers have been able to share the Middleton Hall & Gardens story with thousands of people, and we have already had visitors to the Hall who we met at RHS Chatsworth. All that, and we won a Gold RHS Medal!”
Paul Martin, Senior Gardener

The plants have all been brought back to Middleton Hall where we hope to re-plant a replica of the border.

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

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

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

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

Velvety
Stachys byzantina
Solenostemon ‘Chocolate Mint’

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’