This page has my personal observations on certain roses in the garden.
You will probably need more information on roses than I am furnishing, so for your convenience
I have a group of the rose sites I find most helpful
on my first page.
Don't forget how useful catalogs are when shopping through
a store full of beautiful rose plants. And consider ordering your roses through the catalogs
-just because you can
get fresh plants delivered to your door.
Roses Can Run
I don't know why,but there are some things that garden writers tend to overlook. One fact is that some roses run at the root. I consider this important, and now (unintended) have an entire bed devoted to Charles De Mills and whoever can compete with him. This is a Gallica rose, and the eglantine rose spreads widely as well. The Rosa Glauca seeds itself, but it is not difficult to dispose of unwanted plants. Watch out for Thérèse Bugnet, since she likes to develop root spread as she settles in, as well.
Blues Are For Moons
Everyone has color preferences and I am sure there are people that love the modern attempts for a blue rose. The colors achieved so far, in types such as the Sterling var. are what I would term "insipid". Pale anemic roses, although perfect for a Gothic/Vampire theme garden, do not find a place in my garden. If I want pale, Nymphe de Cuisse, Konigen Von Danemark, and others give something lovely. But, chaque à son goût.
Roses are Shrubs in the Garden
Flowers in our home
Fragrance in our hearts
Small but Mighty
Miniature roses are often surprisingly hardy and give a unique look in the garden. They have the rose asset of being both perennial and blooming throughout the season. One of my favorites is called "Green Ice". It has that lovely ivory white that turns to softest sherbet green, the same coloring that you find in a grander scale in the "Annabelle" Hydrangea. It has healthy foliage and full little flowers all summer! Great for front of borders or little stops at the edge, and a hedge would be something.
Social Climbing Roses
And here are my favorite climbers: "America" -wow, this rose has hardiness (with some protection), lovely fragrance, warm coral color, good bloom; "Alchemyst" a single bloomtime in spring, but so generously! A very soft apricot in an old fashioned full petal form. New Dawn Climbing Rose which you can purchase conveniently through Amazon! This rose is one of the hardiest, which really means something when you want a climber in cold climates
- it is a soft pink color and is healthy- if you try this you won't be sorry.