Award-winning garden designer Chris Beardshaw and gardeners from The Royal Parks have started planting a spectacular new herbaceous border - the largest in London - at the front of historic Queen's House in Greenwich Park.
Chris Beardshaw was appointed last year by The Royal Parks to completely redesign the 200 metre herbaceous border, which dates back to 1925. He said:
"It's been a very interesting project, not only because of The Royal Parks team, who are very forward thinking, but also because of the monumental nature of the architecture behind. You don't have to walk more than 100m in the park before you stumble across something which is of world importance, historically. To be given the opportunity to create not only one of the longest herbaceous borders in the country, but also in one of the premium parks, is a once in a life time opportunity."
The designs reveal that the herbaceous border will be split into sections with yew hedges. Each section will have its own colour and will reflect the shapes of the historic buildings behind. Planting is expected to finish in about four weeks.
Graham Dear, Greenwich Park Manager said:
"What we wanted was something specifically designed for the location, a herbaceous border that would complement the historical buildings. Chris has fulfilled the brief perfectly and the designs are absolutely stunning.