Summer in the garden at Mompesson House

The garden in summer

The layout of the garden was designed by Denis Martineau who lived at Mompesson House from 1952 to 1975 with a central lawn surrounded by herbaceous borders and a pergola. Today our gardener Colin and his team of volunteers are creating a garden inspired by Denis’ time at Mompesson, reflecting his character in the choice of plants and their colour. Here are some of the highlights in the summer months.

Midsummer colour

The rose border has a variety of beautiful roses including the fragrant ‘Olivia Rose Austin’. This is an English Shrub rose bred by David Austin Roses and flowers in flushes until well into the autumn. Towering over the roses are foxgloves whilst stachys byzantina (fondly known as lamb’s ear) and nepeta (cat mint) are planted underneath.

Rose 'Olivia Rose Austin'
Rose 'Olivia Rose Austin' in the rose border
Rose 'Olivia Rose Austin'

In the border opposite pink and white phlox provide a splash of colour as you enter the garden. You'll also find peonies, verbena, calendula and dianthus. 

The border nearest the house has been planted with hardy geraniums. 

In the main border at the back of the garden there are tall and graceful hollyhocks, alstroemeria and daylilies. Colin has also reintroduced hybrid tea roses ‘Whisky Mac’, ‘Peace’ and 'Home Sweet Home' in the main border like Denis had in the 1950s.

The trachelospernum outside the tea-room provides rich scent from mid to late summer, whilst the pots contain pelargoniums. 

In the courtyard border, Colin has sown a mix of wildflowers and traditional cottage garden favourites which will provide colour and interest until September, and be used in flower arrangements in the house. Sweet peas, tomatoes, runner beans and rhubarb are also being grown in this area.

Late summer colour

Planting for late summer includes dahlias, spray chrysanthemums and fuchsias. There’s also a rich assortment of eye-catching bedding plants including cosmos and antirrhinum. 

Dahlias in Mompesson garden