Mottisfont, with its National Collection of roses, is an easy run from Joan Taylor’s garden in Romsey. After the cold spring the roses are just coming into their prime, a couple of weeks late, and should be at their best from this weekend onwards.
The scent within the walled garden is wonderful and visitors were queuing up to sniff the climbing roses trained against the walls. The roses are under planted with early summer perennials and I shocked one of the gardeners by asking him if the white Geranium was ‘Silverwood’. When I owned up to having just visited Joan he could understand my powers of plant identification.
Peonies are also featured in this area and were flagged up as the plant of the week.
Mottisfont is particularly associated with Graham Stuart Thomas who planted the roses in the early seventies and there is a leaflet available which lists all the cultivars to be found in the garden.
26 June: Exclusive access to the roses. Have a look at the website for details