Okay, I’m a rose lover. I admit it. I can always make room in our little garden for “just one more”. I do have favorites, but that list grows faster and faster as I discover more and more gorgeous roses. In my garden I now have about 130 roses, give or take, depending on the harshness of the winter. I have shrub roses, hybrid teas, climbing roses, rugosas and miniatures. Some perform better than others, blooming so profusely that there are plenty for cutting. Some have heavenly fragrance while others have very little smell at all. I have white, lavender, apricot, pale, pale pink, pink apricot and even a couple of yellow and red ones.
Even though I’m a lover of roses, there are some that just don’t appeal to me. Usually it’s the color that puts me off. I can’t stand the neon oranges and I can take or leave red roses. I grow them though, because my Mom likes them so much. “Mr. Lincoln” is a pretty shade of red.
I don’t have much yellow in my garden at all, just some sunflowers and a few zinnias. So I’m not really drawn to yellow roses. I do have a couple of yellow roses I like though. “Full Moon Rising” is a soft, buttery yellow, and “Strike It Rich” is a rich, apricot yellow.
I don’t even know the name of some of my favorite roses. I inherited them from my Aunt (also a rose lover) when she moved
into assisted living. We dug them up and moved them and it wasn’t the best season to do it. They struggled to even live for a couple of years, but this last summer they began to grow and put out some gorgeous blooms. A couple of them look like they are going to be very vigorous growers. I just refer to all of them as Auntie A’s roses.
In my garden I like to create rooms, areas that can’t be seen unless you meander around a little. Sometimes I use tall rose shrubs to create the “walls” of these little areas. Or at least that is the plan. I’ve planted a row of “Sally Holmes” to divide a larger area. It will take a few years to get the full effect, but they will make a beautiful “room divider” when they’ve matured. The “Queen Elizabeths” I planted in ’09 are already 6′ tall and can get 8′ – 10′. They keep blooms almost all summer long.
If you’ve never grown roses, why not try at least one this spring? If you don’t have much room, grow one in a large container. Some of my most beautiful new roses were in containers this past summer. They turned out to be such fast and hardy growers that I decided to get them out of the pots and into the ground. Another wall went up.
Check out your hardiness zone (click on “Miscellaneous” above to see the Zone Map), so you’ll know what roses will grow in your area.
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Have a look at the “How To” pages for caring for your roses.