Roses ready to burst into life

The Queen Mother's Rose Garden is going to look beautiful for Rosemoor's annual rose festival

The Queen Mother’s Rose Garden is about to burst into life once again to coincide with our annual rose festival. The roses are arranged in a colour wheel, starting from the top with the white cultivars. Working around in a clockwise fashion, they move through pink, then red and finally the orange and yellow shades.

We continually try to introduce new varieties to this garden and over the winter I have been gapping up with new roses and bringing in a new bed of roses that I have high expectations for. This rose, new to us, is called “Easy Does It”. I hope it lives up to its name!

The petals of this rose have an attractive scalloped ruffle and are a bright orange that turns yellowish as they age. It has a good record for disease resistance and this is one of the main criteria for our choice of cultivars. The eventual height is stated as being 75–90cm (2½–3ft).

Beautiful plants for small spaces

Another new addition to the Queen Mother’s Rose Garden are some lovely tall pots from Whichford pottery in Warwickshire containing clematis. These plants were spotted at Chelsea Flower Show by our curator and have been bred by Raymond Evison of Guernsey for container growing. We are having great success with Clematis Crystal Fountain (lavender blue), Alaina (bright pink), deep blue/mauve Edda (Boulevard Series) and Filigree (pale lilac).

We hope to keep them in these pots for a few years, so we planted in a 50:50 mix of John Innes No.3 compost and peat-free compost and used three plants per pot. Supports, available from Rosemoor Plant Centre, were from a local company called Plant Belles.

This is a fabulous way of growing these beautiful plants in a small space and I hope you are inspired to have a go.

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