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.)
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.)
There are three of the original rose bushes left, and they are pretty, but I don’t see them lasting forever.
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?