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Jim Gardiner Director of Horticulture RHS Garden Wisley

Jim Gardiner is the recently appointed Director of Horticulture for the Royal Horticultural Society and has previously been Curator and Chief Curator based at Wisley for over twenty years. Before that he was Curator at the Hillier Gardens and Arboretum. His primary interest is in woody plants, in particular Magnolias on which he has written two books, “Magnolias, their Care and Cultivation” and “Magnolias, A Gardener’s Guide”.

  • Date Joined: 12 Jul 2007

Ways to play with roses at Wisley this June

Posted by Jim Gardiner on 09 Jun 2009 at 04:39 PM

There's never a dull moment at Wisley, despite the weather.  June is a fabulous month to enjoy the colour, fragrance and beauty of roses.  The Bowes-Lyon Rose Garden is progressing well, with levels in and paths taking shape.  But, for this year, no roses (although there are some in the borders at the top of hill).

  

You can find plenty of them in the Jubilee Rose Garden.  The fragrance is breathtaking, and worth a visit to Wisley in it's own right.  One of my favourites is the hybrid musk rose, with cultivars such as 'Buff Beauty', 'Penelope' and 'Prosperity'. 

  

Hyrbid musk roses can be grown in a number of ways.  In the Rose Garden we have them trained into a hedge form, against supports.  These flank the central axis of the garden.  But in the neighbouring Country Garden, where the planting is romantic, flowing and mixed, we leave them to fill their space as they wish (with just a little tending, of course).  Around the central water feature they flower freely in low mounds, and in the beds, surrounded by annuals and perennials, they provide important structure and colour as they have a long flowering season. You can get a second flush of flowers if you prune after flowering.

  

We have a special rose event in the Plant Centre, a Riot of Roses on the weekend of 20th and 21st June, where they'll be numerous experts on hand to question, as well as containerised roses to buy, and a reservation service for those out of stock, so you can enjoy the glorious fragrance for yourself in your own garden.

Rose planting advice

 

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