Design Tips from the Rose Garden

The rose is one of my favorite flowering shrubs. There's just nothing like them to give a garden charm and beauty. That's why I decided to create an entire garden dedicated to roses.

The entrance to the garden is marked with hand forged wrought iron gates. I actually found the bonnet for the gate years ago at a flea market and hired a local craftsman to design the gates around it. Just beyond the gates an oval shaped garden is circled by a double row of Live Oak trees. Brick garden houses punctuate the eastern and western ends of the garden. Then on axis with the entry gates, across the oval lawn, a third octagonal garden house is home to an antique statue of a Roman goddess. Over time I'll add some more statuary and some urns. I want to give the garden a really old fashioned feel.

The rose collection is a combination of Noisette varieties from the 19th century and modern varieties from the Knock Out® Family of Roses and Drift® Roses.

This is a pretty large area, but some of the principles I applied to designing and also planting roses apply to any garden no matter the size.

Here are a few design tips you may want to consider.

  • When planting drifts of roses use two shades of the same color – one dark and one light. This can be more visually compelling than one large splash of a single color.
  • Another point to consider is that you can complement your roses with companion plants. I like to use shrub roses in my perennial and annual beds and mix climbers with gentle vines like clematis. You’ll want to use flattering colors and textures but also think about what can be on stage while your roses are in between bloom cycles or dormant in winter.
  • Always include varieties that are easy to grow, disease resistant and floriferous like the Knock Out® Family of Roses and Drift® Roses.

Rose Garden at the Garden Home Retreat

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