Upper Tan House at Stansbatch, Herefordshire

a garden open for the National Garden Scheme
Our borders

The Borders

The borders slope down from the house to the lawn and brook, falling more than 18 feet before leveling out. The garden was largely a vegetable garden before we came in 1996, giving us a wonderful, deep and fertile soil.

Our solution to gardening on a slope was to disect large beds with gravel paths and steps. This allows one to walk through and around the borders and gives lovely views across the garden.

The borders are well stocked with an interesting collection of plants and shrubs. The borders peak in June and again in August and then remain very colourful through the autumn.

We sometimes think the garden looks at its best in late September and early October.