A quintessentially English style garden containing an abundance of old fashioned Roses and scented plants. Although its peak is in June and July when the roses are at their best, it does however have something to offer all year due to the clever use of underplanting.
The Rose Garden was designed just before the Second World War by Major Compton, and replaced an old grass tennis court. He wrote at the time, “Background is so important for Roses. At Newby we tried the experiment of a sunken garden with flagstones and a surrounding hedge of copper beech”.
This is a formal garden of straight lines, the centrepiece being a circular pool with a stone urn fountain, mirroring the Autumn Garden to the east. The pool was added as recently as 1992 by Mr Robin Compton. At each entrance the planting is formal – Viburnum davidii being a useful naturally mound forming evergreen – and Dianthus ‘Moulin Rouge’ is used as an edging plant to mirror the shape of the pool.
The roses themselves are predominantly old fashioned hybrids and cultivars: gallicas, damasks, albas, centifolias and mosses. Most of these only flower once, the peak season being June into July, although some such as the more modern Austin hybrids will repeat flower. To extend the season of interest we plant annuals between the roses, such as Salvia, Cleome, and Cosmos, changing the combinations on a yearly basis to add extra interest. The purple beech hedge that surrounds the garden is an excellent foil for the profusion of colour within. A garden seat is provided above the garden itself giving a stunning view of the roses and on towards the Ferry disaster monument.