Such a difficult choice . . . need a new rose to give good height to the border and am torn between one named for Gertude Jekyll (such an inspiration) and one for the wondrous contemporary garden at Alnwick, the Alnwick Rose. Both pink, both gorgeous.
The only way to decide is to go and enjoy other rose gardens, just now when they are at their absolute best.
Heart of England
Coughton Court’s award winning gardens have been given the seal of approval by the International Federation of Rose Societies. There’s nothing better than wandering through the Rose Labyrinth on a summer afternoon.
Vita Sackville-West and her husband have created a stunning garden that is a pleasure throughout the season at Sissinghurst Castle. The Rose Garden, originally a cabbage patch, has some lovely spots to sit and just take in the beauty.
A typical English country garden. I love visiting Coton Manor to while away a few hours in the gardens there with over 200 roses putting on a glorious display.
Breathtaking roses can be found at Castle Howard in the walled gardens – a sheltered paradise of colour and intoxicating perfume.
East of England
The Rose Gardens at Helmingham Hall have immaculately tasteful colour combinations that are subtly beautiful.
The pergola-covered paths of the rose garden combine shrub and climbing roses to create beautiful walkways through The Alnwick Garden. The planting of roses includes a fantastic mix including the delicate pink cups of The Alnwick Rose.
A garden-lover’s paradise with plants collected from around the world, Nymans boasts a rose garden that is encircled by a stunning collection of salvias and fuchsias – the perfume is heavenly.
Arley Hall is a favourite place to visit for a breathtaking array of roses as well as rhododendrons, azaleas and trees. Proof that the best gardens are living, changing works of art.
The RHS garden at Rosemoor has many delights and at this time of year the Rose Garden is just coming into its own.
A regeneration plan has taken hold at Bodnant Garden headed up by Troy Scott-Smith. The upper rose terrace has had its soil completely replaced and the result is a stunning display of rose varieties such as Darcey Bussell and the Falstaff contrasting against the beautiful white of the Susan Williams-Ellis.
In 1850, Lady Cawdor designed the oval rose beds, edged with lavender at Cawdor Castle that remain unchanged to this day.
Some of my favourite rose gardens around the country, for beauty for relaxation or for a bit of inspiration. Now where is my trowel?