Discover an abundance of colour in the grounds of the Tudor palace
A wander through the intimate Rose Garden at Hampton Court Palace is not to be missed.
Explore our displays of stunning rose varieties, developed over 80 years by our team of expert gardeners, as you savour the fragrance and colour of the flowers.
A summer spectacular
There is so much to see in the Rose Garden over the summer season. The planting has been designed to pique the interest of gardeners and gardening enthusiasts alike, as well as attracting wildlife.
Rose varieties provide a stunning range of colour from whites, yellows and creams to pinks and crimsons. See varieties such as Rosa 'Gertrude Jekyll', Rosa 'Darcy Bussell' and Rosa 'A Shropshire Lad'.
Late flowering hydrangeas such as Hydrangea paniculata 'Limelight' and Hydrangea arborescens 'Incrediball' complement and contrast with the roses.
A multitude of annuals, biennials and perennials add yet more colour, form, texture and fragrance to the seasonal display.
Plant of the moment: roses
The Rose Garden at Hampton Court Palace is in full bloom with a romantic display of these beautiful flowers.
In this short film, Greg Leeson shows us some of the more unusual varieties of roses on show, from the Gertrude Jekyll to the Darcey Bussell. There's a rose in our gardens for everyone to fall in love with!
Creating the Rose Garden
The Rose Garden is a relatively new concept in the history of the Hampton Court Gardens.
This area was once William III's kitchen garden, which supplied the court with vegetables and herbs. Our Rose Garden on the same site has been evolving since the 1930s and the shape of the beds reflects the original formal grid design.
Originally roses were planted in few island beds, but now this wonderful space has developed to include formal beds and borders of rose species and cultivars.
We've also added grass paths through the rose beds, to allow more intimacy with the roses. This also allows for easier maintenance and upkeep.
Looking to the future
As the saying goes, 'a good garden never stands still', and we’re now giving the Rose Garden a new lease of life.
We’ve got exciting plans for the next three to five years and further ahead, so there will something new to see each year.
Our gifts and souvenirs are are inspired by over 500 years of history from Hampton Court Palace.
Exclusive English fine bone chine tea sets inspired by our historic royal palaces. Collect our traditional Palace china afternoon tea sets, with designs including elements from all our royal palaces.