During the month of June ‘ Mottisfont’ gardens are open until 8pm at night. I was lucky enough to be able to go one wet day in June. Graham Stuart Thomas designed the gardens to combine roses with a mix of perennials to give a long display.
I love going to see gardens you get so many ideas for your own garden and in my case my clients aswell. I was expecting it to be a very traditional rose garden with just roses but how wrong was I. Mottisfont is beautifully planted with perennials and bulbs to complement the roses,providing complementary colours and plant shapes which is always very important in a border and this is achieved very successfully in this garden
The garden has a number of vistas/focal points. In this case by cleverly putting a large bench that has a tall back at the far end of the view it makes the view much longer then it actually is with pergolas dripping in scented climbing roses.
Path ways that entice you into other rooms with an open door way.In some places the borders are edged with box or lavender to give structure and in others the plants are left to droop over the edge.
Tall topiary are used to great effect at Mottisfont , which means in the winter there is wonderful structure in the garden.I loved this border edged with lavender and beautiful roses complemented with Allium christophii, the tall spikes of Linaria purpurea ‘Cannon Went’ and for ground cover Viola cornuta ‘ Alba’ and viola cornuta ‘Blue’.
This border edged with box had some wonderful combinations I particularly liked the tall spikes digitalis purpurea ‘ Alba’ with the blue Polemonium ‘Lambrook Mauve’ in the foreground.I will definatley be revisiting Mottisfont next June to have another look at this spectacular garden.
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