Designing a rose garden: for naturalistic and formal schemes

Rose garden design has been popular for centuries and roses have an enduring prominence in…

Rose garden design has been popular for centuries and roses have an enduring prominence in our gardens, putting on a show-stopping flowering display and prized for their rich variety of colors, blooms, scents and forms.

But while rose garden ideas are often associated with more traditional garden design, either in more formal, classical settings, or as part of a quintessential cottage garden or traditional herbaceous border, they work just as well in a contemporary, naturalistic scheme.

orange roses and mixed planting in an informal rose garden design

(Image credit: Michael Mariott)

Rose garden design – formal or informal?