Everything’s coming up roses on this trip
Cherry Garland provided a red focal point amid beds of Bewitched and Mr Lincoln.
Romantic roses The most romantic use of roses was at the Bella Rosa rose farm, nursery and tea garden. Broad borders filled with an abundance of pink roses, silvery stachys, blue scabiosa and agapanthus flanked either side of a pathway, while archways of pink Blossom Magic climbing roses led the eye upwards. The effect was breathtaking.
Roses and perennials Two of the most charming gardens that mixed roses with other flowers were Angela Wilson’s potager with a distinct French flair, and Desire Myburgh’s formal rose garden. The appeal of Desire Myburgh’s garden was the simplicity and elegance of the formal layout. Plants were grouped in blocks: fragrant pink Bewitched and red Mr Lincoln, a mixed bed of pink gaura and blue scabiosa, a single spectacular planting of foxgloves and a mix of pink Bella Rosa standards with day lilies. By keeping the roses and other garden flowers separate yet together in the same space, landscaper Elizabeth Thornton-dibb created the effect of a sumptuous border while allowing the roses space to grow.
In Angela Wilson’s Beaulieu garden the formal clipped hedges contained roses, perennials, annuals and fruit trees to create the effect of a French country garden. Wisteria and climbing roses covered the walls, pots of pelargoniums stood at strategic points, sweet peas rambled through the roses and lavender abounded.
Roses for the home One of the pleasures of growing roses is to cut them for the home. Each of the gardens dedicated an area to cut roses but took different approaches. The most pleasing was Alison van Deventer’s formal garden. The square space was divided into four equal-sized beds filled with magnificent specimen roses. It matched the elegant, symmetrical approach adopted in the rest of the garden.
Rosy entrances Because roses always make a statement they are an obvious choice for decorating an entrance. At Cilito Brookstein’s home a raised bed of apricot Avril Elizabeth rose bed allowed the cascading blooms to be enjoyed almost at eye level. Flanking the other side of the entrance, the dusky pink-purple University of Pretoria were offset by bright pink gaura.
Inimitable Iceberg Iceberg in full bloom is always a show-stopper, especially when planted en masse. In Desire Myburgh’s garden, a bank of Iceberg was used to soften the side of the house and draw attention to a water feature. More were planted around the raised front veranda, providing a mass of flowers that no other plant could match.
At Alison van Deventer’s garden two dazzling beds of Iceberg roses invited one to the vantage point from which to look over the Kyalami valley.
Roses get the full romantic treatment at Bella Rosa, above. An archway of Iceberg invites one into the rosy abundance of Elizabeth Thornton-dibb’s garden at Bella Rosa, left