These are on the south side of the Hall below the terrace and south of the Tea Room in the East Quadrant. They are planted to flower mainly in the summer after Silverwood has quietened down and are meant to be at their best from late June, through July and into August.
They consist mainly of herbaceous perennials with a few shrubs, while the gaps are filled in with annuals such as cosmos and tobacco plants. They are full of geraniums, mallows, lupins, delphiniums, and poppies etc., while below the top terrace the roses are edged with giant catmint. Roses at Howick are often surprisingly temperamental due to our cool summer and we have to be selective; ‘Golden Celebration’, ‘Mary Rose’, ‘Frensham’, ‘Deep Secret’, ‘Winchester Cathedral’, and ‘Perdita’ are all planted below the first terrace, while ‘New Dawn’ is below the yew hedge west of the goldfish pond.