We have an enchanting collection of roses at Gravetye and they’re all in bud, and flowering. One of my favourites is Rosa Mutabilis, which seems to bloom forever. Well, until the first frost anyway. Its specific name mutabilis is Latin for ‘changing’, which refers to the way the colours change, as the buds develop into flowers, creating splashes of yellow, orange, pink and crimson.
This year we’re going to plant Dahlia ‘Magenta Star’ next to it. The purple hues will create a striking combination with the Dahlia‘s dark foliage and create a charming entrance into the Flower Garden from the Manor. Don’t leave before sticking your nose in the lovely flowers of Rosa ‘Gertrude Jekyll’ and R. ‘Paul McCartney’, in the kitchen garden. They smell divine.