The central pergola in the Queen Mother's Rose Garden at Rosemoor (right), upon which we grow climbing and rambling roses, has been in place for twelve years. It is now in need of a facelift and has been removed and sent off for powder coating. During its absence we are taking the opportunity of doing some fine tuning to the planting scheme.
During the course of quite a few ‘ums’ and ‘ahhs’ and 'what if we did this and that', and the helpful input from the gardens committee, we have come up with what we hope are great improvements to this garden. We will be siting rest areas in each corner so that our visitors can get a different perspective. The bench seats (also sent for refurbishment) under the pergola, will be returned to their position, and it is hoped that with extra seating tucked away in the corners, visitors will be encouraged to linger and enjoy this garden to its fullest.
To make space for the new seats we have removed the flowering cherries and Portuguese laurel (left, before and after). We will plant white flowering shrubs, such as Hydrangea serrata 'Shojo', a lacecap variety that will enhance the flowering season of the roses, and two Agapanthus varieties: A. ‘Silver Mist’ and A. ‘Castle of Mey', to use as edging plants. We have chosen these to coincide with the roses' second flush in August.
The under planting will consist of Astrantia major ‘Star of Billion’ with Kalimeris incisa ‘Charlotte’ which has pale blue aster like flowers with golden centres and a long flowering period. The neutral colour scheme has been deliberately chosen so as not to clash with the roses.
Another criterion for selection was disease resistance and, touch wood, the plants that we have chosen will be good performers within Rosemoor’s unique garden.