Spring is definitely in the air here at Uppark and our revamp of the Scented Garden is coming along well. In my previous post, we looked at some of the existing plants staying to form part of the new design. Now we’re turning our attention to the new planting – particularly the roses.
Rosa ‘Old Blush China’ (image David Austin Roses)
In keeping with the Scented Garden’s peaceful, intimate feel, the planting style will be informal and the colour palette calm, using whites, blues, purples, pinks, and the odd touch of soft yellow.
The intimate scented garden in March
Old roses and aromatic shrubs such as lavender, rosemary and sage will provide structure. An informal look will be achieved with herbaceous perennials, most of which are scented and either introduced to the UK by the early 19th century or of British origin. These include Hesperis matronalis (sweet rocket), Dianthus plumarius (cottage pink), Crambe cordifolia (flowering sea kale) and Valeriana officinalis (common valerian).
In mid February, the bare root roses arrived and an excited garden team began planting straight away.
For the southern end of the two beds, which is pretty heavily shaded by surrounded trees, we selected Rosa ‘Madame Hardy’ and R. ‘Maidens Blush’ as both these varieties are recommended for shade. Both are summer-flowering only. ‘Madame Hardy’, introduced in 1832, is an elegant, white Damask rose with a rich, old rose fragrance.
‘Maidens Blush’, which has been around since before the 16th Century, is an Alba rose with lots of sweet smelling, delicate, blush-pink flowers.
For the other end of the two beds, we selected R. ‘Queen of Denmark’ and R. ‘Old Blush China’. ‘Queen of Denmark’, introduced in 1826, is another strongly fragrant Alba rose with large, beautifully-formed, soft pink blooms.
Rosa ‘Queen of Denmark’
‘Old Blush China’ is one of the repeat-flowering China roses brought to Britain at the end of the 18th century. It produces clusters of beautiful, pale pink flowers with a delicate sweet pea fragrance throughout the summer.
With the roses in, we can’t wait for the herbaceous material to arrive so we can carry on with the planting. If you’re visiting Uppark House and Garden over the coming months, do visit the Scented Garden to see our work in progress.
Thanks to David Austin Roses for the gorgeous rose images.