This rectangular area is the most formal part of the garden and was inspired by traditional herbaceous borders. The entrance and exit is via a lime lollipop walk.
It is exuberantly planted with an extensive range of herbaceous plants and grasses with a diverse range of foliage texture and colour. The borders run down to the east so one side faces south and the other north. There is some repetition in the borders but the north facing border has more shade tolerant plants.
The flower in this area peaks late July, continuing through August and September with a succession of Iris, Geum, Geranium, Potentilla, Monarda, Crocosmia, Chelone, Persicaria and Aster, joined by the flowering grasses such as Miscanthus and Molinia that have achieved a great size by then.