The Her­ba­ceous Bor­der from 1951

Amateur Gardening - - A Gardener’s Miscellany -

The con­cept of a her­ba­ceous bor­der, full of dif­fer­ent types of peren­nial plants, is un­der­stood by every gar­dener, but in the his­tory of plant cul­ti­va­tion it is quite a re­cent phe­nom­e­non. It started with a man called Ge­orge Ni­chol­son, who worked at the Royal Botanic Gar­dens, Kew, Sur­rey, who came up with the idea in the 1890s, when AG was just a few years old.

The mag­a­zine wrote about the con­cept, and pro­moted ideas, plants and colour schemes through­out the late 19th cen­tury and the en­tirety of the 20th. In 1951 Frances Perry, a fre­quent AG con­trib­u­tor, wrote the de­fin­i­tive book – for its time – on the sub­ject (see above). It was pub­lished by the Lon­don firm of W.H. & L. Collingridge, started by two brothers who, back in 1884, also founded AG.

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