The herbaceous border is in many gardeners minds closely associated with Gertrude Jekyll. She would have undoubtedly been even more creative had she had the range of plants available today.
Herbaceous perennials are no longer restricted to a specific border or bed, but are used in a range of situations where colour, ground cover, drought resistance or an ability to cope with moist or boggy situation are required.
Although tall cultivars are still used, there are now many compact plants available that do not require so much staking and support.
The increasing interest in gardens and plants, fueled by television gardening pro grammes, has led to an increased demand for new cultivars and larger quantities of plants.