Clumber Park's rose garden

The rose garden at Clumber Park

Take in the wonderful scents and glorious views of the rose garden in the Walled Kitchen Garden. A place to sit back, relax and make the most of the summer months.

When we think of walled kitchen gardens we naturally first think of edible plants - vegetables, fruits and herbs, but kitchen gardens also produced decorative plants, including cut flowers, which would have been used for button holes and corsages, but mainly to decorate the mansion.  Clumber’s rose garden includes over 40 varieties, all introduced before the 1920s.  Most have a glorious perfume and the walls of the kitchen garden trap their scent.   The borders are planted in red, white and blue which are the Newcastle family colours and roses are combined with bulbs, annuals and herbaceous perennials to provide interest from spring to autumn.  
 
Amongst the roses are:
 
‘Veilchenblau’ (rambler) – fragrant lilac blue flowers, midsummer
‘William Lobb’  (moss rose) – fragrant purple magenta flowers, midsummer, buds and flower stalks are “mossy”
‘Reine des Violettes’ (hybrid perpetual) – fragrant, cerise flowers fading to violet, summer and autumn flowering
‘Cardinal de Richelieu’ (Gallica rose) – fragrant purple flowers, midsummer
Rosa rugosa ‘Scabrosa’ – (rugosa) - grown for its large, fragrant violet-crimson flowers and bright red fruits (which resemble small tomatoes), repeat flowering.
 
There is usually a selection of sweet peas in the rose garden, grown both for garden decoration and for cut flowers, including the modern “Spencer” varieties with frilly edges to their petals and the older “grandifloras”, raised in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.