Floral Inspiration at RHS Garden Rosemoor

Published: Wednesday 26th Sep 2018

Written by: Katie Bessant

Adored by romantics for their symbolism for beauty and love, the Rose is one of the nations best loved flowers. And in North Devon we are very fortunate to have one of the UK’s largest collections of roses which can be found at RHS Garden Rosemoor, situated just outside the town of Torrington.

RHS Garden Rosemoor is home to two dedicated rose gardens, bringing together over 2000 roses across more than 200 different varieties and a wealth of hues and perfumes. From cottage garden climbers, to bright and beautiful container varieties, there will be a rose to inspire and suit all gardens.

Steve Bowyer, Head of RHS Garden Rosemoor tells us a bit more about the rose gardens, “We are lucky enough to have two wonderful rose gardens which showcase some of the best examples in the UK. If you enjoy traditional flowers, then the Shrub Rose Garden has on display some of the oldest varieties whilst the Queen Mothers Rose Garden highlights more modern hybrid varieties, both of which come into their own during midsummer.”

If you are holidaying in North Devon during June or July don’t miss out on visiting RHS Garden Rosemoor during its five-week-long Rose Festival where you can experience a breath-taking showcase of colours and scents of the nation’s favourite flower. Top highlights of this festival also include guided tours, expert advice from RHS horticulturists, a craft market, a rose trail, and much, much more.RHS top tips for growing  Roses in small gardens Growing roses in containers is ideal for small gardens or where space is limited, such as on a patio or terrace. Not all roses will thrive in containers, so it is important to choose the right type, such as a patio or miniature rose.


Here’s the RHS top 5 roses suitable for containers:

  • Nice Day
  • Sweet Dream
  • Magic Carpet
  • Laura Ford
  • Robin Redbreast

Roses love sunshine and should receive sun for at least half the day. However, it is important that containergrown plants do not dry out or they will become prone to powdery mildew. If possible position the container so that it is shaded for part of the day, leaving the plant itself in full sun.

Ideally pot up plants in November using bare-root plants, but container-grown plants will do as well, and can be potted up any time between October and April.

Katie Bessant



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