Friday, June 17, 2011

The Rose Garden in Hyde Park, Part I

After we finished our tea in the Orangery at Kensington Gardens we walked back to Hyde Park to see the Rose Garden there, not expecting too much. But we were in for a surprise. The Rose Garden was bigger than expected, beautifully designed, and maintained. It was a great finale of our first day in England.

(you can click on the photos to enlarge)

Entering the Rose Garden our eye was caught by this amazing rose bed with a huge structure for climbing roses in the back. 

Beautiful cerise colored rose growing in one of the beds. Unfortunately almost none of the roses were named, so I will just show you the pictures of them, even though some of the roses looked quite familiar to me.

Different view of the rose bed in front and the big climbing rose walk in the background.

Again, shown from a different angle.

Pink beauty.

 Another rose bed in front with the same climbing rose walk in the background.

I do not know about you, but I never can get enough of pink roses!

Walking through rose beds towards the tall climbing structure.

Finally we entered the climbing rose walk ourselves. It was simply stunning. My photos do not do it justice.

Another rose bed. I love the gray weathered wood benches. They are unobtrusive and integrate themselves so well into the flower beds leaving the show up to the roses and other blooms.

Lovely combination of different colors and plants.

What an abundance of roses and other flowers!

I really loved this fountain!

Close-up of one of the yellow roses near the fountain shown in the picture above.

Another shot of the fountain from a different angle. The yellow flowering tall shrub was quite impressive. Again, unfortunately I have no idea what it is. If someone of you, my dear readers, knows it, please leave a comment.

This rose had almost a pompom like shape. Very nice red color.

I am finishing up this post with one of my favorite rose bed shots from this area of the Rose Garden. I totally love the combination of the dark heucheras in the foreground the blush-pink roses in the middle ground flanked by some spiky-leaved yellow flowering plants and some gray ones with the repetition of the dark brown/red color carried on by some shrubs in the background. Don't you think that this is a quite stunning design? I guess, the first thing I do when I come home is getting some chocolate colored heucheras.

Talking about getting home. Today is already the last day of our vacation. My husband and I had the most wonderful time in England and we took literally thousands of photos. I intend to continue to post about the gardens of England that we saw when I am back in California, alternating with more current posts of my own garden.

How my humble small garden might be doing? I have to say that I am really sad that we have to leave England soon, but I have missed my own little garden and my roses and I am looking forward to seeing both, again.

See you in the garden!



  1. Faktycznie, pięknie w tym ogrodzie. Pozdrawiam

  2. Beautiful pics. Such a lovely garden. I especially love the climbing rose walk. It looks beautiful inside it as well as outside. I love the picture two shots down from it too, with the bench in the middle. I know you'll be excited to come home. I hope your roses are blooming for you. Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful journey.

  3. Christina, what beautiful photos of this excellent garden. I wonder why they don't put markers at the roses. Your close-up shots are gorgeous. Sorry your vacation is ending, but I know you'll love getting home to your own garden. I bet you miss the sun.

  4. Thank you for the wonderful tour! It is like being there. Lovely!Lovely!Lovely!

  5. This is one of the most gorgeous gardens I've ever seen, Christina. I love how the English have lush plantings that seem almost wild, and yet so perfect, and the architectural structures only add to the beauty. Thanks so much for the gorgeous pics.

  6. So beautiful, Christina ! Perfect rose-garden !

  7. Giga, thanks for leaving a comment!

    Holley, thanks! The climbing rose walk was very lovely indeed! I am back home now, but it was dark when we arrived. I can't wait to have a look at my own garden in the day light tomorrow!

    Sherry, I am glad that you like my photos! Every vacation has to come to an end, but I am so thankful that my husband and I were able to make this wonderful trip. We had a lot of rain in the UK, so you are right I am looking forward to the San Diego sun, again :-).

    Sandra, I am happy that I can take you to England ;-)!

    Ingrid, the Rose Garden in Hyde Park is really stunning, but so have been many more gardens that we have seen afterwards. I am still in awe how great the English are in the art of gardening. I think, one has to be very skillful to design borders like I have shown in this post. I hope, I can find the time to blog about the other gardens that we visited.

    Dani, I think, you summed it up: It is a perfect rose garden!


  8. I am glad you are enjoying your vacation. The rose garden looks spectacular, thanks for the tour. As I was looking at the last picture I was thinking that it is only in England that heucheras work under roses. Won't they burn over here with so much sun?

  9. Masha, you are most likely right that the heucheras would burn in the blazing California sun unless the rose is directly shading them. I should have that in mind, if I really try to replicate the planting scheme from that photo.