souvenir du dr jamainSome things are worth waiting for; the Mottisfont rose garden coming into bloom is definately one of them. Many of the modern rose varieties have an extended season of flowering to give a show of colour throughout the summer, but old fashioned roses bloom just once, in June.

But what a show…what the flowers lack in longevity, they more than make up for with fragrance, character, toughness and abundance of blooms. And then there’s the names – Souvenir Du Dr Jamain, Sissinghurst Castle, Tuscany Superb, Belle Amour, Indigo and Queen of Denmark – names as enticing and evocative as the roses themselves.

mottisfont old rosesThe rose collection at Mottisfont was developed during the 1970’s when Graham Stuart Thomas began to save rare varieties from extinction. Now with over 500 varieties, this brief but spectacular display is not to be missed. The gardens are also a first class tutorial in how to plant with and around roses, using perennials to extend the short flowering season of the ‘star attraction.’


The gardens will be open until 8pm (last entry 7pm) on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 9th – 25th June (excluding 17th June) in 2016. The walled garden kiosk will stay open for refreshments, as well as the shop and plant centre. Romsey, Hampshire, SO51 0LP. For prices see the link HERE. Garden opening time are to be found HERE.

mottisfont_garden_roses_originalMeet the gardeners

You can also join one of the garden team from 2 – 3 pm daily throughout June, where they’ll be happy to answer your gardening questions.