The Gardens in Summer
Summer is a wonderful time to visit the gardens as they bask in the sunshine underneath blue skies. With seating in the majority of areas, visitors can sit and enjoy the stunning views of the countryside as they catch a scent of the roses and hear birds chirping in the background.
The parterre was laid out in the early 1990s to a design by David Hicks. The pattern of box hedged beds is based on the frieze above the Italian-style porch in the courtyard. It has greatly evolved over the years, with the development of topiary teapots and a more diverse planting scheme than in the original layout. From spring bulbs to salvias, catananche and geraniums, the parterre is a delightful and striking feature of the gardens at Deene, all year round.
The arrival of summer in June brings an abundance of English roses and philadelphus to Deene, these being a particular favourite of Mrs. Brudenell and are planted throughout the gardens, clothing walls and filling borders. There are many varieties, colours, and scents to enjoy.
Other Summer Favourites
The gardens in the summer are definitely a colourful place to be. In addition to the roses, other favourites found include irises, lavender, geraniums, pelargoniums and heliotrope.
The Long Borders
The traditional English country style of the borders lend themselves well to combining the lovely roses with a succession of traditional favourites such as foxgloves, phlomis, verbascums, penstemons, lillies, hemerocallis and phlox.