Geoff Hamilton

Geoff Hamilton

A frosty morning with the few roses cocky enough to be flowering all rimed with ice.

A little rose garden with climbing rose The Generous Gardener on tall black obelisks, accompanied by a trio of English shrub roses also from David Austin, Gertrude Jekyll, Geoff Hamilton and Winchester Cathedral. The whole scheme is bordered by an outer planting of Hidcote lavender (dense, bright flowers, intensely fragrant and compact) and a low Buxus sempervirens (Box) hedge.

Strong lines, good geometry – strict enough to contain the boundless enthusiasm of the roses in High Season, and here in Mid-Winter, a still interesting, simple and formal garden licked with frost and ice.