Every­thing’s com­ing up roses on this trip

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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

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