The Mottisfont Pictorial Rose Catalogue continues with another update…

Spong One of the most famous sports of Rosa x centifolia, originating in 1805, probably in England. It will reach 4ft (1.2m), bears typically rounded leaves of its parent and neat flowers about twice the size of De Meaux (also a sport of Rosa x centifolia), with the same good fragrance. Its failing is that…

Through the centuries – roses at Mottisfont Abbey

Hippolyte White foxgloves come into their own in statuesque quality in contrast to the dark purplish colour of rose Hippolyte. This is a Gallica hybrid for which we have no date. Strangely it is almost prickle-less and in this way as in the shape and colour of the flowers Gallica ancestry is indicated. Reaching 5…

The parade continues – a perfect rose sanctuary at Mottisfont Abbey

Adelaide d'Orleans This originated in France in 1826 (presumably from open-pollinated seed since hybrizing was not then understood) and suggests R sempervirens as a possible parent. Of extreme grace, the lax clusters hang down. It would not reveal is beauty if trained on a wall, so it is best over an arch or a tree…

More from Mottisfont – a glorious catalogue of very classy Old Roses

  Rosa Complicata It is the white centre and yellow stamens which give the rose Complicata its brilliance, enhancing the already vivid clear pink. It is sometimes called Rosa gallica 'Complicata', but while the Gallica rose is almost certainly in its parentage, it is a rose of unknown origin. Old, flowering wood should be cleared…

Paradise is a Rose Garden – Mottisfont Abbey

The Rose Gardens at Mottisfont Abbey The gardens at Mottisfont Abbey are a year-round attraction. However, during June, when their unrivalled collection of Old-fashioned roses fills two (well, almost three) walled gardens with scent and dazzle the eyes with colour. It is an unforgettable experience. These roses have a historical importance beyond their beauty. They…

Mottisfont Abbey Rose Gardens – that’s the way to do it!

If you want to find just the right rose for your garden, to compare one variety over another, learn about their varying forms and habits and take inspiration from planting combinations and companions, this is the place to do it. Quite staggeringly beautiful. Everything.

Mottisfont Abbey Rose Gardens

A slide show - the first of many to come - from an afternoon spent in the three Rose Gardens at Mottisfont Abbey, near Romsey in Hampshire. Rose Heaven. The collection of Old Roses, shrub roses, climbers and ramblers must be one of the most extensive and complete in the country - the rose gardens…