The Rose Garden is a very sheltered area protected by the house on two sides and a wall with yew and holly hedges enclosing the remainder. It is dominated by the four central beds which, until 2006, were planted with roses, hence the name. On entering the Old Rose Garden from the Terrace you are greeted by an old pond and fountain and a kidney-shaped bed containing, among other plants, repeat-flowering old roses, Allium 'Purple Sensation' and Nepeta x faassenii.
Campanulas & Lilies in early July
Rose Garden in early September
At the end of the 2005 season we reluctanly decided to take out the roses in the four central beds of the Rose Garden. There had been roses planted in this spot since the 1920's, so far as we know. We found we were having to replace increasing numbers every year, probably due to 'rose sickness' or 'Specific Replant Disease'. After digging up 160 roses we removed the topsoil and placed it on one side while the subsoil was scooped up and taken away. We then added considerable quantities of gravel before the topsoil was restored to the beds and thoroughly dug over.
Campanula lactiflora & Lilium regale
We have now put in a variety of plants which enjoy sun, good drainage and minimal watering. Some of them are fairly tender and we shall discover over time, by a process of trial and error, which ones favour this location. We have not discounted replanting roses in these beds, but not for at least five years.
Agapanthus, Perovskias, Sedums & Salvias in September
Clematis viticela 'Purpurea Plena Elegans'