Welcome to our Head Gardener’s Journal

In this monthly column, we will share technical aspects of our work and also keep you up to date about ongoing projects. If there is any topic you might want to hear more about, please ask during your next visit!

Clematis Filling the “Rose Gap”

As mentioned in February’s column, we devote a lot of time and effort to managing roses and clematis so that they flower at the same height and mingle. In June, roses take centre stage with their first abundant flush. In July, however, repeat-flowering roses take a short break before producing the next set of flowers in August. This is when their clematis partners come into their own: scrambling through the rose foliage, they lend their flowers to the rose, transforming a green shrub into a flowering one. This is a lovely effect well worth the springtime graft!

Clematis viticella ‘Emilia Plater’ in Rosa ‘Mme Figaro’
Clematis ‘Aotearoa‘ (Translated as “land of the long white cloud” from Māori!) in Rosa ‘Gertrude Jekyll‘
Clematis viticella ‘Kermesina’ in Rosa ‘Claire Austin’

We have many such couples throughout the South Garden and it is very exciting to see the changing effect.