Roses and herbaceous planting in June

Roses and herbaceous planting in June

On two sides, the deep borders of this garden are split by a wide flagstone path which broadens out even further into a spacious terrace before the south elevation of the house. The borders are backed by high old brick walls to the south and west. Between the three borders and the terrace lies a formal lawn. Centred at the end furthest from the house and covered in climbing roses and clematis, stands a wrought iron garden arch with a bench. Despite its cool pastel colours which are in stark contrast to the hot palette of the Kitchen Garden, the planting is sumptuous, stocked with plants which epitomise the 'English' garden. Seventeen varieties of tulips along with several magnolias mark the beginning of the display in early May, accompanied by an array of clematis tumbling from walls and arbours. These are followed in succession by combinations of peonies, roses and clematis, campanulas, aconites, penstemons and veronicas.

Irises in all shades, from purple black to pale white, agapanthus in both white and blue, and salvias carry the show on into high summer. The spring tulips are replaced by a host of summer annuals including cosmos, echiums, nicotianas and cleomes. In late summer and early autumn, eupatoriums, echinaceas, asters, phlox and anemones make their appearance. The path from the South Garden is shaded by a huge two-hundred-year-old chestnut tree with a rich carpet of spring bulbs underneath. A tall oak-framed arbour is draped with white wisteria and climbing roses and surrounded with fragrant shrubs.

South Garden Highlights

Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
Winter aconites YES YES YES YES
Cyclamen coum YES YES YES YES
Anemone blanda YES YES YES YES
Clematis alpina YES YES YES YES
Tulips YES YES YES
Magnolias YES YES YES YES
Alliums YES YES YES YES YES
White wisterias YES YES YES
Iris germanica YES YES YES YES
Peonies YES YES YES YES
Aconites YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES
Roses YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES
Campanulas YES YES YES YES
Clematis viticella YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES
Agapanthus YES YES YES YES
Eupatoriums YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES

At the far end of the arbour stands a statue of Socrates and to his left a break in the high hedge reveals the entrance

to the Rockery