Whim­si­cal mag­nif­i­cence

Country Life Every Week - - The Country Life Highlights -

Culzean Cas­tle in Ayr­shire, set on a stony bluff look­ing out to­wards Ailsa Craig, has ap­peared nu­mer­ous times. In­evitably, most vis­i­tors are keen to see the re­mark­able cas­tle it­self, but through the sum­mer sea­son, they should cer­tainly stroll to the dis­tant ‘new’ walled gar­den, dat­ing from the 1780s, to see a dra­matic fea­ture: an enor­mously long dou­ble herba­ceous border. Such a large-scale, care­fully de­signed, but fe­ro­ciously labour­in­ten­sive fea­ture is rarely seen now, al­though such con­ceits were once de rigeur in any se­ri­ous gar­den. De­spite the work in­volved, herba­ceous bor­ders (usu­ally of lesser size and am­bi­tion) are still pop­u­lar, epit­o­mis­ing the ro­man­tic Coun­try Life ideal of sum­mer abun­dance and Gertrude Jekyll-style colour grad­ing (June 22, 2011) KBH

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