Bowes-Lyon Rose Garden
Royal Horticultural Society.
The Ten Best Rose Gardens. Roses are soon to be in full bloom in gardens across Britain. Here are 10 outstanding RHS Gardens and Partner Gardens where you can see roses at their very best this summer.
RHS Gardens and shows
Celebrating its first anniversary this summer, the Bowes-Lyon Rose Garden creates a memorable summer spectacle with more than 4,000 roses interplanted with 5,000 herbaceous plants. Designed to demonstrate the full range of rose types available to modern gardeners, from true old roses, English roses and floribundas (cluster-flowered) through to rose species that are rarely seen in a garden setting, this garden boasts more than 150 cultivars. The colour scheme, of hot to cool and back again, creates a visual impact that complements perfectly the impressive range of scents.
More than 2,000 roses from nearly 200 cultivars are found within Rosemoor’s two rose gardens that make up part of the formal, hedged gardens in the 65 acre estate. The Queen Mother’s Rose Garden bursts with more than 60 modern cultivars of hybrid tea (large-flowered) and floribunda roses, with a mix of climbers to clothe the central arbour, arches and obelisks, while the Shrub Rose Garden mixes 130 old-fashioned and traditional selections. Visit Rosemoor for Rose Weekend, 23 – 24 June.
The Modern Rose Garden at Hyde Hall reaches its full glory in June when the roses erupt into a wonderful display of colour and fill the air with a heady fragrance. The area, bounded by yew and box hedges, is planted in a formal style with a range of colours from deep, velvety red through oranges and yellows to pale creams and crisp, clear whites. Obelisks add height and structure for climbing roses and late-flowering clematis.
RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, Surrey
From 3-8 July, the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show will bring together some of the UK’s best rose growers in the ‘Romance and Roses’ marquee. Bursting with blooms to buy at the peak of perfection, the marquee will also be home to the rose nurseries’ new roses for 2012, alongside floral interpretations of some of the great love stories of myth and literature, such as Beauty and the Beast, Romeo and Juliet, and Lancelot and Guinevere.
RHS Partner Gardens
The rose garden at Houghton Hall is divided into two contrasting areas: one stately and formal, the other in a looser style. The outer garden has an informal, cottage style, and the roses are interplanted with Philadelphus, rosemary, peonies and euphorbias. It is a mass of colour, perfume and variety, and a great place to see how roses can look when grown alongside many other kinds of plants.
Staging its Rose Festival from 22 June to 7 July, Cambo Gardens has a collection of more than 100 climbing and rambling roses, particularly in the Walled Garden and Woodland Garden. See ramblers such as Rosa ‘Paul’s Himalayan Musk’ and R. ‘Wedding Day’ growing up trees, through shrubs and hedges, on ropes, walls, trellises and pergolas.
The four acre, walled rose garden in the grounds of Hever Castle boasts formal beds, densely planted with more than 3,000 roses. Each bed contains just one cultivar, creating impressive blocks of colour and scent. Seek out cerise Rosa Buxom Beauty (‘Korbilant’) and Rosa Champagne Cocktail (‘Horflash’).
The Rose Labyrinth within the historic Walled Garden at Coughton Court is undoubtedly the jewel in the garden’s crown. More than 200 different selections of shrub, climbing and rambling roses are grown, along with a wide range of herbaceous underplanting, such as geraniums, violets and achilleas. Rose cultivars include Damasks, Albas and Noisettes as well as many other old-fashioned English roses.
The garden at Millgate House in Richmond, North Yorkshire, shows just how versatile roses can be. There are more than 70 rose cultivars throughout the compact town garden: clambering up stone walls, trained as standards, and grown as shrubs in herbaceous beds. Especially spectacular displays come from lemon-yellow Rosa helenae and Rosa ‘Maigold’, which is draped along a cast-iron balcony, making the most of limited space.
The classical rose garden at Nymans shows that it is possible to have beautiful roses without using pesticides. Each week, from leaf burst to October, the plants are sprayed with an organic solution of milk, garlic, seaweed or compost tea to keep major pest and disease populations at bay.
RHS members can visit each of these RHS Partner Gardens free in June.
Details of all our roses are available on our web site.
Over 1000 varieties to choose from.