Carolside would probably match many people's vision of the perfect english garden... Carolside is at its best from late June to early August and is one of Scotland's finest private gardens.
Hidden away in a deep and sinuous valley in the Borders is one of the finest flower gardens in the country. Once through the unassuming gateway, you descend the drive into a wonderful landscape which reveals itself bit by bit as you continue downwards.
The 1834 New Statistical Account of Scotland described Carolside in Berwickshire as "a sweet and secure asylum from the toils and troubles of the world".
A walled garden in the Scottish Borders is the setting for a romantic blend of old roses, stately delphiniums and blowsy perennials, planted in a relaxed cottage-garden style that contrasts with understated Georgian elegance.
The 1834 New Statistical Account of Scotland described Carolside in Berwickshire, poised on a green plateau beside the River Leader and sheltered by surrounding slopes of its own extensive woodlands, as 'a sweet and secure asylum from the toils and troubles of the world'.
Heading south down the A68 road from Edinburgh, one could almost be forgiven for missing the house nestling in the valley below. It is a scenic stretch of road, overhung by beech trees, bright green with their fresh unfolding leaves in springtime and with delightful tints as autumn progresses.
One of Scotland's top ten gardens.
Carolside in the Borders is home to a range of magnificent flowers, but it is the collection of roses - ancient, new and rambling - that set Rose Foyle's garden apart from the rest.
Roses: ‘This is the best time for gazing, sniffing and falling in love with them’
In this garden in the Scottish Borders, the owner's passion for plants, particularly roses, underpinned her work to reinvigorate the existing planting.