The Merton Borders were developed in collaboration with Professor James Hitchmough from Sheffield University who is known for his work creating unique plant communities. Here we found a huge stretch of brilliantly coloured plants and grasses in huge variety. The plants come from The Southern Great Plains of the uSA, parts of East africa and Southern Europe to Turkey, Asia and Siberia. I later discovered that 85% of the plants had been established from seed sowing in situ. There is a high density of plants which will be tolerant of hot dry summers, require minimal maintenance and a display from spring to autumn. Seed was originally sown in 2011 and when visited last week the borders were spectacular. Whilst my pictures are reasonable, they fail to capture the sheer pleasure of walking through this spectacular field of flowers.
Do visit if you are in the area! For anyone interested to learn more and also view a short video of the development, check of the Oxford Botanic Garden's website here.