June and July are perfect for enjoying that ultimate garden favourite, the rose. Immerse yourself in glorious colour and scent at one of these RHS Partner Gardens.
Hever Castle, Kent
The walled rose garden at Hever Castle is designed to deliver what Head Gardener Neil Miller calls ‘knockout impact’. On entering the 1.6ha (4 acre) garden, visitors are greeted by the sight and scent of some 3,000 roses, most of them densely planted in formal, immaculately maintained beds.
Each bed contains just one cultivar, creating impressive blocks of colour. In recent years Neil and his team have focused increasingly on scent: one to seek out is powerfully-fragranced cerise Rosa Buxom Beauty (‘Korbilant’).
Loseley Park, Surrey
The Walled Garden at Loseley Park, based on a Gertrude Jekyll design, includes an award-winning Rose Garden planted with more than 1,000 old-fashioned rose bushes, including bourbons, gallicas, rugosas, albas, moss, damask and English, all framed by long, low box hedges. (Please note: free garden entry for RHS members applies May and September).
Borde Hill Garden, West Sussex
In summer the rose gardens at Borde Hill take a star turn. Follow the softly curving paths through Jay Robin’s Rose Garden, where more than 500 old English roses are complemented by delphiniums, lavender, peonies and phlox. You can also admire new rose beds featuring cultivars that hold the Gold Standard award of the British Association of Rose Breeders.
More rosy days out
Other RHS Partner Gardens with outstanding rose collections include: