The original garden at RHS Garden Rosemoor was created by Lady Anne Berry, and is a true plantsman's garden. The whole of Rosemoor is surrounded by woodland, and the acidic soil and valley-bottom location proffer their own challenges, as despite a generally mild climate, the garden is subject to frosts from October through to May.
Highly ornamental gardens with shrubs, roses, perennials and bulbs were established during the first ten years of the gardens' life, and now the emphasis has shifted to more extensive, long-term projects. For example, the surrounding woodlands have been purchased and are being carefully managed to reintroduce native trees and wild flowers - and of course encourage wildlife. Here we share some the highlights of RHS Garden Rosemoor.
Some of the garden areas to explore
Stream and rock gully
The stream runs alongside the main pathway leading to Lady Anne’s Garden, it was landscaped using boulders to achieve the effect of walking through a deep rock gully.
The woodland garden and woodland banks sit on a steep west-facing slope and form part of Lady Anne’s original garden. The planting features a huge variety of ornamental woodland trees and shrubs.
Fruit and vegetable garden
The fruit and vegetable garden contains a mouth-watering display of produce grown in a variety of ways to demonstrate to the home gardener the possibilities for their own plot.
The vibrant hot garden reaches a peak in summer, when the form, texture and vivid colours of the perennials provide an exciting contrast with the delicate flower heads of ornamental grasses.
Here, we have fulfilled the romantic ideal of the cottage garden, with brick pathways and beds crammed with a classic mix of flowering shrubs, perennials, annuals and biennials.
This sheltered courtyard-style garden offers excellent growing conditions for a range of plants including camellias, acers, peonies and a selection of choice woodland perennials.
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