We have been visiting the RHS garden, Rosemoor, regularly for the last 20 years. Ever since it first opened to the public in 1990, in fact, and it has been a pleasure watching it grow towards maturity. The garden was gifted to the RHS by Lady Anne Palmer and part of the gift included a beautiful house and the garden Lady Anne had already established containing more than 4000 plants, many collected by her. The new formal garden has been created in what was pastureland, on a slope, in an area of heavy rain, on heavy clay and bisected by the A3124.
The site, whilst suffering from the clay and the rain and incidentally, also being in a frost pocket, has a beautiful setting in a wooded valley. And I think it is a triumph over the difficulties of the site. I know there has been a decent budget here, but the designers and plantsmen have created a garden that is for all seasons and if you haven’t visited-I recommend adding it to your must do list for next year. Careful placement of the plants in the landscape and in the hard landscaping has resulted in some stunning combinations, at whatever season you visit. Three cheers for designers and gardeners who created and maintain this place.
I want to mention that this is a post also inspired by Emma’s plea for pictures of colour, made on her blog here. These are part of my contribution for November-possibly my least favourite month.