The Perennial Border is an ornamental collection, which uses a variety of plant material for a display of colour and texture.
Using combinations of plants in large drifts, the Perenial Border has been designed for a bold contemporary display.
Flowering throughout Spring and Summer the display then mellows in Autumn as the seed heads darken and the grasses fade.
A bulb with purple leaves and a tall flower spike with cream flowers.
A multi stemmed tall shrub with large divided olive green leaves.
An ornamental grass with a fine leaf and a decorative flower.
Dark leaved Dahlia cultivars
Strap leaved plant with large orange flowers in early winter
Purple leaved Canna cv.
Two are grown, taller Canna 'Wyoming' with orange flowers and a red flowered cultivar.
Low growing succulent with light blue leaves.
Perennial with grey/green fern like leaf and golden yellow umbel shaped flowers.
Medium perennial with a divided silver/grey leaf.
Perennial with pale green succulent leaves. Large flower heads open pink, darken to a brick red then brown into Autumn.
- Plant selection is based on length of display, low maintenance and low water requirement.
- Most plants are cut down or pruned over winter.
- Herbaceous perennials and grasses are divided every two years.
- 1986 - existing site established as a perennial border.
- 1994 - border redesigned.
- 1998 - border enlarged and curved path constructed. At this time the backdrop hedge of Luma apiculata was planted.
From early summer through to late autumn
Perennial Border (GIF - 367 kb) Borders Gardens House, south of the Rose Pavilion and west of Princes Lawn; access from F Gate
All the plants in the perennial border are well suited to growing in Melbourne. They are quick to establish and in a few years will bulk up considerably. Many are available from general nurseries. Others will be found at more specialist ones. Generally they have medium to low water requirements.
Find out what plants grow at Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne.
Perennial Border collection map (JPG - 762 kb).
Last updated 12 Oct 2011