Surrounded by Hawthorn and Privet hedges, the beautiful, English style cottage garden at the Racecourse Inn puts on an impressive display all year round, but truly comes to life in Spring and Summer.  The garden was planted with year round colour and structure in mind, with a magnificent display of Autumn leaves, and a selection of picking flowers and shrubbery in winter, the legacy of several keen gardeners over many years.

This beautiful garden features some unusual trees and shrubs, including Tree, Species and hybrid peonies, Horse chestnut, Man ferns (Dicksonia antarctica), Golden ash, Oak leafed hydrangeas, Golden chain tree (Laburnum x watereri Vossii), Japanese rose (Kerria Japonica), Forsythia, white and pink Prunus, Shasta daisies, Pompom tree (Viburnum opulus), numerous Camellias, Rhododendrons and Azalias, Winter and spring flowering Clematis,  Honesty, Foxgloves,  Lupins, Larkspurs, Canterbury Bells, Star of Bethlehem, Solomons’s seal, Japanese wind flowers, various Hellebores, Tiger, Dragon’s blood and day lilies, Lily of the valley, Water Iris, Verbena, Viburnum sargenti onondaga, Stephenandra, Indian hawthorn, Flowering dogwoods (Cornis florida rubra and Cornis capitata ), Purple elderberry, Correa alba, Eriostemon,  Tasmanian Mountain pepper berry (Tasmannia lanceolata ), Philadelphus, Ovens Wattle (Acacia pravissima), Bottlebrush, May bush (Spirea), Variegated Wygelia, Bronze Fennel, Hemp agrimony (Eupatorium cannabinum), Veronicastrum, and several different Buddleja, including dwarf Buddleja.

Our fruit trees include a large old pear tree,  a white peach, Kentish cherry, blood and greengage plums, cherry plums, figs, Pink Lady, Cox’s Orange Pippin, Cider and Royal Gala apples and a quince tree.

A list of roses at The Racecourse Inn is included at the bottom of the page.   We recommend Wychwood Garden and Nursery at Mole Creek, and Allan’s Garden Centre at Prospect for interesting and unusual perennials.

Roses

Our extensive collection of shrub, hybrid tea, pillar and climbing roses includes:

  • A Shropshire Lad (David Austin)
  • A Shropshire Lass (David Austin)
  • Abraham Derby (David Austin)
  • Apricot Nectar
  • Augusta Luise
  • Ballerina
  • Bettina
  • Black Boy
  • Blue Moon
  • Big Purple
  • Bonica
  • Bourdeaux
  • Brother Cadfael (David Austin)
  • Canterbury (David Austin)
  • Charles Austin (David Austin)
  • Chaucer (David Austin)
  • Chicago Peace
  • Clair Matin (David Austin)
  • Climbing Iceberg
  • Crepuscle
  • Culzean
  • Daybreaker
  • Double Delight
  • Dupontii
  • Eglantyne (David Austin)
  • Elle
  • Ellen (David Austin)
  • English Garden (David Austin)
  • Garden of Roses
  • Gertrude Jekyll (David Austin)
  • Gold Bunny and Climbing Gold Bunny
  • The Fairy
  • France Libre
  • Golden Celebration
  • Graham Thomas (David Austin)
  • Handel
  • Heritage (David Austin)
  • Heidesommer
  • Jacquinetta
  • Just Joey
  • Kathryn Morley (David Austin)
  • Lady Hillingdon (David Austin)
  • Lavender Pinocchio
  • Light Touch (Lilia Weatherley, Austin’s Ferry, Tasmania)
  • Maria Callas
  • Mermaid
  • Mother’s Love
  • Mother and Child
  • My Hero
  • New Dawn
  • Ophelia
  • Our Vanilla
  • Peace
  • Papa Maillard
  • Pasquale
  • Peter Frankenfeld
  • Pierre de Ronsard
  • Princess Alexandra of Kent (David Austin)
  • Seafoam
  • Seduction (Climber)
  • Shropshire Lass (David Austin)
  • Silver Lining
  • Sombreuil (David Austin – climber)
  • Swan
  • The Childrens’Rose
  • The Moth (David Austin)
  • The Pilgrim (David Austin)
  • Troilus (David Austin)