Rosemoor is one of 4 gardens owned and run by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS). In 1988 Rosemoor was given to the RHS by Lady Anne Palmer who created the original 8 acre garden from 1959 onwards. The gardens include 2 rose gardens, a kitchen garden, herb garden and extensive woodland areas. Rosemoor is ablaze with colour at this time of year and the National Plant Collection of Cornus can be found scattered around the grounds.
The gardens of RHS Rosemoor have a spectacular view out to the Devon countryside
Rosemoor has 2 rose gardens set within the formal gardens – the Shrub Rose Garden (pictured here) and the Queen Mother’s Rose Garden.
Rosa Rosemoor ‘Austough’ in the Shrub Rose Garden
Rosa ‘Assemblage des Beautes’ in the Shrub Rose Garden
Rosa ‘Dortmund’ in the Shrub Rose Garden
The Rock Gully was constructed in the mid-late 1990s using over 500 tonnes of local stone.
The Rock Gully
Pileostegia viburnoides usually requires the protection of a south facing wall in Britain
The golden Chinese timber bamboo (Phyllostachys vivax f. aureocaulis AGM) thrives in this environment but is actually hardy down to -23 degrees Celsius.
Lady Anne’s Arboretum is filled with plants grown from seed collected by Lady Anne from 1960 onwards when she travelled far and wide to collect seed to increase her plant collection. There are many Cornus, Rhododendron, Hamamelis, Prunus and Hydrangea in this part of the garden including this beautiful Hydrangea aspera Kawakamii Group.
The borders around the Croquet Lawn feature a mix of plants from the Southern Hemisphere. These plants are suited to a sunny, sheltered position with free-draining soil, but they also cope well in the cooler, wetter climate experienced in Britain’s South West.
Lobelia tupa Orange Form in the Croquet Lawn borders
Built on a steep west-facing slope, the Woodland Garden was part of Lady Anne’s original gardens. At its best in spring the woodland is a relaxing retreat at this time of year.
The Mediterranean Garden is a more recent addition to Rosemoor. To cope with the wet Devon climate raised beds and large quantities of grit were used to provide the free-draining conditions favoured by this range of plants.
Also within the formal gardens is the beautiful Kitchen Garden in which a wide range of fruits and vegetables are grown.
Squashes trained over an walkway in the kitchen garden
Plenty of colour elsewhere in the formal gardens
The formal gardens are full of vibrant colour at this time of year
Set within the formal gardens are the Long Borders. These 180m long borders form the central axis of the gardens; they are filled with a mixed planting scheme with colours graduating from yellow through darker hues to shades of white and cream.