My What a Lovely Herbaceous Border: Victorian Term Explained

Gentle Reader, I present to you, this week's weird Victorian term explained: herbaceous border.

This style of gardening, begun in the Victorian Era, remains a hallmark of the English landscape to this day: shorter plants to the font, and taller ones to the back, arranged closely together.

From Pullham photo by Charles Hawes

Despite its name, herbs do not necessarily have to be involved in a herbaceous border, although they often are.

Water Perry Gardens

Usually herbaceous borders are a riot of different colors, running alongside a path or a wall.


Helen Allingham (British, 1848-1926). A Garden In October, Aldworth, 1891. Watercolor.


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Jordan House, Virginia

1873, a typical Victorian bedroom, cluttered with antiques (highboy chest of drawers - Georgian, mirror above the washstand - Federal). I imagine Alexia's room in town as much like this. Note how dark everything is - clearly interior design of the period was intended to easily accommodate vampires or werewolves by blocking out the sun (from picasaweb). Going to Minnesota? Why not stay at the Victorian Oaks Bed & Breakfast, so cute!

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The Omnibus hardback editions are limited run through the SciFi Bookclub only.

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"What a man needs in gardening is a cast-iron back, with a hinge in it."
~ Charles Dudley Warner

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