Rosa mutabilis

Rosa Mutabilis is such good value in the garden.  This year it began flowering by bloom day (April 11th) and the bushes are now full of flower.  Each flower is simple but changes colour from light apricot-yellow to copper-pink to deep pink; three colours for the price of one plant.  It does need careful thought to combine it with other plants.  I have chosen Hemerocallis sirocco in sunset shades, I will have to wait and see whether this works or not.  I have also been looking at tulips for next year and maybe Fringed Lambada? Or the single late Dordogne might be good as it is described as changing from claret rose to nasturtium tangerine; if they don’t work I can always cut them for inside the house.  Here it is in its various stages of colour:

Here are some views of the borders rather than just individual flowers.  I am pleased with the shapes of the island and drive borders – using hose pipe to mark the beds (Beth Chatto style) has certainly proved a success.

who needs flowers?

The drive border

I’m about to add a page about the vegetable garden, please look and then tell me about your favourite varieties.

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8 thoughts on “Rosa mutabilis

    • I’m using the Rosa mutabilis as a hedge between the drive and the vegetable garden so apart from spring bulbs and the Hemerocallis they don’t cause any problems by their colour. They should flower from now until Christmas so are good value (we’ll see).

    • I use Festuca glauca (atually it’s Blue Fox) as a signature plant. Always planted in groups of three, they are in almost every border. Luckily they have seeded themselves, though not as prolifically as Stipa tenuissima

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