Monday, June 2, 2014

I never promised you a rose garden…


As you probably know, one of the reasons we purchased Brandywine is because of the beautiful walled garden. (I know you probably thought it was for the floor-less living room.)


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But I must admit…I don’t “do” roses.  So as the roses are dying (because they’re so finicky, gosh darn it!), I am not replacing them with more roses.
I am more of a low-maintenance gal, so there are coneflowers and day lilies and hostas…but what’s a cottage garden without roses?
So I planted a Lady Banks, which is fun and easy, and my sister gave me a cutting from my Grandma Hazel’s garden (and she would be tickled to find that her name is back in style), so I planted that as well.  (It’s pictured below.)


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There are three of the original rose bushes left, and they are pretty, but I don’t see them lasting forever.
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This summer, I plan to do some research on cottage-style gardens so that I can plan the back corner where the roses are.  So that when they are no longer with us, I’ll have a plan.
What do you like in a cottage garden?

16 comments:

Bliss said...

We have wild roses and shrub roses, not sure if they are the same thing. Some we bought, some we dug out of our road ditch and people told us they would never grow. They took over.

Shannon Fox said...

I like cut roses in the house.. but never liked the look of formal rose bushes. Go figure? We have one giant, wild rose bush on our property. Taller than our house. I like the soft, clustery climbing kind. And the kind that grow on arbors.

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

Okay, I'll be crossing roses off my list! Let me know when you figure out that low maintenance thing. Oh, and nothing that needs my attention. Or clipping. Or cutting back. Or dividing ...

:) Linda

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

Definitely a climbing rose or two. (Ours died when a hurricane blew thru and took our fence and everything on it.)
Geraniums, snapdragons, herbs and hydrangeas, of course.
Plant some moonflowers to greet you in the evening!

Andrea said...

My cousin's wife swears by how easy knock out roses are...and hers are beautiful!!!

Mrs. Tuna said...

We had some work down on our house and the contractors shut off the sprinklers. Currently the lawn is "crunchy".

reFresh reStyle said...

Beautiful! I plant the Knock-outs, or mine would be dead ;)

Heidi @ Decor & More said...

Love roses but the only success I've had with them is the Knock out variety! You definitely need something climbing those walls in your cottage garden!
Xox Heidi

Debbie Borthwick said...

I had a Grandma Hazel too! I didn't know the name was back. I love so many types of flowers I couldn't pick just one.
Debbie :)

Suzan Sweatman said...

Gorgeous roses Kirby !
We've inherited a huge perennial garden here but not a rose to be found
I planted a couple of climbing roses ( easy easy easy ) we planted them along all the fences in one house we lived in and they grew beautifully with no maintenance ! ( I'm not great with roses either ) John's Dad was famous for his rose gardens in England )- John? Not so much ...............

Cheryl in Wisconsin said...

I had a wild rose that grew taller than the garage but eventually the bugs killed it. It was kind of sad, but at the same time I was a little relieved that it was gone. It was too close to a walk way and one of the branches would inevitably grab hold of my hair. I called it The Haircomber Bush.
Cone flowers, butterfly bush, bleeding hearts, delphinium, lilacs, wild geraniums - those are some of my favorites.

karen@somewhatquirky said...

Peonies. And climbing roses. There are a lot of new varieties that are not so high maintenance. I love Hazel's rose. And you need poppies. And shasta dasies - they're really easy.

Art and Sand said...

For my cottagey garden, I would like flowers blooming, any flowers . . . but our puppy thinks I plant flowers for her to dig up.

I can't wait to read about your research and see what you plant.

Andi Filante said...

For someone who doesn't do roses, your roses look great. I'm with Karen...I LOVE peonies!!!

-andi

Mel@Mellywood's Mansion said...

It's funny because in this climate roses are easy, I cut mine bak o nothing and they're always back the next season. I love lavender in a cottage garden.

Feral Turtle said...

My rose bush died this year. It did quite well last year and not even a green bud on it this year. I have another rose but it's a climber....and tea roses which are supposed to die over the winter as they are not for our zone, but they keep coming back. I am with you...roses are too finicky. My garden consists of "survival of the fittest" and definitely peonies are high on that list! BTW your roses look amazing.

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