Roses at Coughton Court
The Throckmorton family rose garden at Coughton Court is recognised as one of the finest in the world and received the Award of Garden Excellence from The World Federation of Rose Societies in 2006 – the first British garden to have done so.
The garden was designed by Christina Williams as a gift to her mother, Clare McLaren-Throckmorton in 1996. It contains a breath taking number of rose varieties and the smells and sights are not to be missed.
Christina has exhibited at the Chelsea Flower Show and in 2010 won a Gold medal and Best in Category for the urban courtyards category. In 2019 she won a silver medal in the Artisan gardens category and the winner of the People's Choice Best Artisan garden.
The gardens boast over 200 different varieties of roses with a large selection of rambling and climbing roses, including Damasks, Albas, Teas and Noisettes, all releasing a delicate fragrance. These are found not just in the labyrinth but in many other areas as well.
" Opening the gardens every morning, the sweet smell of the roses is wonderful, and late June is the best time of year to enjoy this fantastic display. The fragrance of the roses in the Walled Garden on a hot summer's day is something the gardeners look forward to all year; it really is the jewel within the Throckmorton family home."
One feature of the labyrinth is that the roses are all underplanted with herbaceous perennials unlike a traditional rose garden where there is a lot of bare earth. One of the most spectacular, in season, is the foxgloves.
The roses are regularly deadheaded to encourage flowering and extend the season. A large number of varieties, including some with spectacular hips also help with this.