Creating a cottage garden – and roses of course ….


Phyllis Bide – the perfect rambling rose for a cottage garden – informal flowers in a muddle of apricot and cream – and not a monster either, like Kiftsgate or Wedding Day…

Morning All!

I’m contributing to a workshop at Petersham Nurseries today hosted by Amanda Brame, and of course I’m talking about roses. I haven’t done any hand-out notes as I’m purely second fiddle in the occasion but I thought I ought to mark the event here with links to some excellent writing and articles from my usual favourite subjects.


Reine de Violettes, a Hybrid Perpetual, perfect for the cottage garden

Blowing my own trumpet as ever, iI you click on the tags for Roses, or David Austin – or search for ‘Mottisfont’, a whole host of my articles will pop up for your delight and delectation. Mottisfont being the National Trust property near Romsey in Hampshire (south of Winchester) and is home to the National Collection of Old Roses, in two impossibly beautiful walled gardens – roses are exuberantly planted with cottage garden perennials and I’m due to make my first annual pilgrimage any day now. I recommend you visit too!


Have a look at the blog by the Enduring Gardener too –


Gertrude Jekyll, scion of Comte de Chambord, with another cottage garden favourite, Lavender.

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