A BORDER of vibrant plants blooming at an Oxford garden look set to stay until November.
The autumn border at Oxford University’s Botanic Garden, in Rose Lane, is designed to peak in September and October.
Comprised of dahlia, canna, salvia and tithonia plants, the border has blossomed into an “eye-catching” attraction, according to trainee horticulturalist Virginia Vargo.
She said: “The border is looking really good at the moment, the planting is really beautiful.”
The border was first designed and planted in 1999, with additional plantings made each year. There are now almost 1,000 plants in the border, which is about 45 metres long and five metres deep.
The garden’s curator, Tom Price, said he expected the border to stay in bloom until about November. He said: “It will keep looking good until we get the first hard frosts.
“This is better than previous years because we have had a really good growing season.
“The plants have had a huge amount of growth by controlling the amount of water given to them and because it has been so warm.”
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