English Gardens - South

RHS Garden Rosemoor, Devon - Part 2


The Formal Garden area


The Model Gardens are an area of grassland and trees to the left of the Formal Garden. They feature a terrace garden a ‘small town garden’ and an area of shade loving plants which have the RHS Award of Garden Merit. When we visited, some of the trees were decorated by knitted bands and crochet items by local craft groups.
  Rosemoor Gardens

The Winter Garden runs along the edge of the Formal Garden. As well as decorative conifers and winter flowering heathers, this has deciduous shrubs with brightly coloured stems or highly scented flowers.
Rosemoor Gardens

Rosemoor Gardens

The Formal Garden is surrounded by neatly trimmed yew hedges which divide it into different areas. Running down the centre is the long border, planted with flowering perennial plants and at its best from May to October. Paths off frame vistas to the woodland beyond.
Rosemoor Gardens

Rosemoor Gardens

The Cool Garden was being laid out when I visited in April 2019 and was due to open later in the year. Along with pale stone paths and steps, this will feature white and blue plants with a small pond area. It is designed to complement the Hot Garden next to it, which is at its peak from July until Mid September with vibrant red, orange and yellow flowers.  

The Queen Mother’s Rose Garden is planted with modern roses. The Shrub Rose Garden contains old fashioned varieties of roses. Clematis and once flowering rambler roses scramble up wooden garden features. Early flowering bulbs and later flowering cottage garden perennials provide additional colour. At the centre of the garden is a modern stone sundial.
Rosemoor Gardens

Rosemoor Gardens

Rosemoor Gardens

The Shrub Rose Garden leads into the Herb, Potager and Cottage Garden. The Herb Garden has beds around a central pool.
Rosemoor Gardens

Rosemoor Gardens
 
The Potager is an ornamental kitchen garden based on French Renaissance gardens, with symmetrical circular beds. Flower beds are surrounded by willow hurdle edges. Grape vines are trained up wrought iron arches.
Rosemoor Gardens

Rosemoor Gardens

At the far end is the Cottage Garden which features a thatched summer house built of local oak wood with wattle and daub walls.
 Rosemoor Gardens

This is a small, secluded garden filled with flowering shrubs and flowers characteristically associated with cottage gardens. Clematis scrambles up the walls. Plants are allowed to self set, giving the garden a very informal feel.
Rosemoor Gardens

Rosemoor Gardens

Rosemoor Gardens

The Foliage Garden depends on plant form, texture and colour rather than flower colour. Conifers and evergreen shrubs are interwoven with lighter and more graceful grasses.
Rosemoor Gardens

Rosemoor Gardens

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