Penshurst Place replanting programme underway

The first phase of a replanting programme at a 600-year-old garden in Kent has been completed with the clearance of its 72m herbaceous border.

The border at Penshurst Place has now been completely cleared, ready for its newly designed planting scheme created by Chelsea gold-medallist George Carter.

Head gardener Cory Furness and his team of five gardeners are now starting on a year-long programme of weed control and soil improvement. Progress will be recorded and updated on a DVD presentation in the historic site's Garden Tower.

The plants that are being reused have been weeded and re-potted for subsequent replanting and new topiarised shrubbery background to the herbaceous material is growing in reserve beds.

Carter's plan is to create a mixed border that will incorporate fruit trees and evergreen shrubs, as well as herbaceous planting.

A division of the length into separate bays, interspersed with lawns and seats, will create a new aspect. Furness explained that this will make it possible to colour-theme each bay. The idea takes its inspiration from Gertrude Jekyll's long borders at Munstead Wood.

Box cubes will delineate the edges of the grass bays that punctuate the length of the border and new apple trees are being grown for training in goblet form.

They will echo the 1900 version of the border, which consisted of an underplanted double avenue of apples.

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