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Bodnant’s Hot Border

We recently visited the National Trust’s Bodnant Garden in North Wales, a garden we had not seen for five years or more and we had heard that the new Head Gardener had made many changes for the better. We were blown away by their new hot border which is one of the first areas of the garden you encounter. On the opposite side of the gravel pathway is a border of very different mood and character. A gentle mix of Verbena bonariensis and Verbascum chaixii with highlights of Dahlia “Bishop of Llandaf” creates an atmosphere like a gentle summer’s day Their new Head Gardener has certainly made huge steps forward and the garden looks the best we can ever remember it being.

By greenbenchramblings

A retired primary school head teacher, I now spend much of my time gardening in our quarter acre plot in rural Shropshire south of Shrewsbury. I share my garden with Jude my wife a newly retired teacher , eight assorted chickens and a plethora of wildlife. Jude does all the heavy work as I have a damaged spine and right leg. We also garden on an allotment nearby. We are interested in all things related to gardens, green issues and wildlife.