June's romantic rose gardens
A rose by any other name would smell as sweet
What would an English garden be without the stately rose? June is typically the best time to see roses in full bloom, so start planning your romantic getaway to the intimacy of a rose garden.
Kiftsgate Court Gardens, Gloucestershire
A romantic English garden perched high on the edge of the Cotswolds, Kiftsgate has magnificent views. Stunning displays of roses, peonies and lavender (including the largest rose in the country, the Kiftsgate rose) emerge in springtime to create a ruckus of colour. Created by three generations of women gardeners from the early twentieth century to the present day, Kiftsgate mixes the traditional with the contemporary.
Chartwell is a stunning walled rose garden, designed and planted by Lady Churchill with help from her head gardener. Full of soft pink and white blooms of Floribunda and Hybrid Tea roses, it's a romantic and beautiful retreat from the bustle of daily life. Don’t miss the Golden Rose Walk, planted with 32 varieties of yellow roses; a golden wedding anniversary gift to the Churchills from their children.
The Alnwick Garden, Northumberland
Tumbling masses of fragrant roses, a mix of climbing, shrub, old and English varieties, greet you in the Alnwick Garden. Stroll along the winding paths of the rose garden to discover more than 3,000 David Austin Roses, including Just Joey, Jude the Obscure and Gertrude Jekyll.
The walled garden is one of the most famous rose gardens in the world, and home to the National Collection of old-fashioned roses. A breathtaking display of over 500 varieties awaits, including some that may otherwise be extinct, and hybrids so ancient they are prehistoric. Look out for the creamy pink blooms of Adelaide d’Orleans smothering the wooden arches. This is rose heaven!
Castle Howard, Yorkshire
A display of modern roses housed in a 10-acre walled garden and dedicated to the memory of Lady Cecilia Howard who, with her husband, was responsible for opening Castle Howard to the public for the first time. With romantic Italianate trellises, hornbeam hedges and backdrop of brick walls, these gardens are a sheltered paradise of colour and intoxicating perfume, displaying 2,000 modern roses of all types.
The Savill Garden, Surrey
Opened by Her Majesty the Queen, The Rose Garden creates an intense sensory experience with its gorgeously arranged selection of roses. As the deep aroma of the roses naturally rises, visitors are able to enjoy the perfume and stunning views across the Garden from a walkway which, from a distance, appears to ‘float’ above the Rose Garden. The garden contains over 2,500 roses, including two named William and Catherine.
Wightwick Manor, West Midlands
Created by Thomas Mawson, one of the most influential designers of the early 20th century, the Wightwick Manor gardens are intimate and classic. Featuring formal compartments with clipped yews, topiary, shrub borders and old fashioned roses beloved by the Arts and Crafts movement, there's always something new to be found. Roses bloom alongside paths and lawns as well as in the formal rose garden.
Queen Mary’s Gardens, Regent’s Park, London
The Queen Mary Gardens include London's largest collection of roses, with approximately 12,000 roses and 85 single variety beds on display. Stop for a while on one of the benches and enjoy the rich sights and scents, and watch the life of the city move about you.