Roses at Antony

Orange rose with a backdrop of purple catmint and the north corner of the house.

Roses are an important part of the planting scheme at Antony with diffferent species adorning the formal summer garden and lining the beds on the terraces. Each variety of rose has been carefully selected for its location producing delightful displays throughout the warmer months.

The beautifully proportioned house at Antony sits high above three terraces on the north west side. The planting scheme on the terraces consists of whites, purples and blues in muted tones designed to complement the silvery glow of the Pentewan stone.

Rugosa Rose or 'Blanc double de Coubert' takes centre stage on the middle terrace. These large plants produce lots of blooms early in the season and repeat flower later in the year. The flowers are pure white, tinged with blush in the bud and have a strong fragrance, which lingers on a warm summer's afternoon. This type of rose is extremely hardy and disease resistant which makes it a reliable as well as attractive addition to the terrace planting.

Terraces in bloom at Antony
The north west facing side of Antony house and terraces filled with summer flowers in whites and purples
Terraces in bloom at Antony

The top terrace is planted with the Iceberg variety of rose which grows in a rolling, tumbling fashion with a mass of flowers. The profusion of exceptionally snow white blooms planted alongside Nepeta 'Six hills giant' commonly known as catmint form a striking contrast. This rose can flower all the way through to Christmas if the conditions are right.

Stroll along a summer border
White roses in a border or cat mint
Stroll along a summer border

In the formal summer garden the colours turn bolder and the planting includes Rhapsody in blue. This vibrant plant is famed as the closest example to a blue rose that hasn't undergone any genetic enhancements. The blooms grow in clusters with large amounts of green foliage.

Summer blooms amongst the borders at Antony
Summer flowers
Summer blooms amongst the borders at Antony
The black walnut tree at Antony and the sweeping Repton designed view down to the Lynher.

Glorious garden tours at Antony

Led by a National Trust gardener, this is your chance to learn more about the garden from an expert.