A garden border, with all-year round attraction, is a desirable addition for any country house!
Members of the Hardy Plant Society North West Group were delighted to volunteer to support Samlesbury Hall by taking over the cultivation of the main bed alongside the main building, known as "Audrey's Border". Four to five members turn up on alternate Thursdays to weed, plant, stake and divide plants as necessary.
They have planted hardy perennial plants which will give colour, texture, and form. Along with the existing trees and shrubs, they have introduced many new herbaceous plants.
They have also taken over a second border in the Rose-Garden to create more space for perennials and have introduced a ‘loggery’: similar planting to a stumpery but easier to create! It contains ferns, epimediums, helleborus, bergenias and other shade-loving plants amongst the snowdrops.
The Hardy Plant Society was founded in 1957 to provide members with information on growing hardy perennial plants. The North West Group (one of over 40 throughout the country) is an enthusiastic and plant-loving group of members who meet at Samlesbury War Memorial Hall on the third Monday of the month from September to May for great lectures on plants, garden design, propagation and a Gardeners’ Question Time for solving problems of growing plants in the North West of England – they range from Southport (with lots of sun) to Bolton and Bury (with winds and challenging frosts in the winter). They welcome new members, both learners and skilled gardeners, and provide social opportunities to visit both private and public gardens in the summer months. Please visit their website to find out more information on becoming a member.