Planning and Designing your Rose garden

As the garden design chosen will impact on the health of your roses, the choice of position should be guided not only by aesthetical reflections but also by practical considerations.

Planning and Designing
your Rose Garden

Plant your roses together with other plants that will bloom at the same time and other, later, perennials. Daylilies, delphinium and lavander offer a particularly nice foliage in combination with roses.

Plant odd numbers of anything, five for small plants, three for medium-sized and one occasionally for one big specimen.

Design influences

It is certainly a good idea to visit rose gardens in your area (see: Famous rose gardens) to get some inspiration and general idea of the various ways roses can be presented and combined to form a harmonious entity.

Keeping the planting simple

Keep your choice focused to prevent a mixed planting from becoming too complex. Special care should be taken when grouping different varieties or species of roses together. This applies to foliage as well as color and shape of the flowers.

Red roses combined with blue Delphinium
Photo by Wolfgang Amri

Color and flower combinations

Beautiful American Rose Gardens
by Mary Tonetti Dorrahor,
Richard Felber
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Finding successfull color combinations is probably the trickiest part of a harmonious rose garden design. Unless you are very comfortable with color mixing, we recommend not to plant roses close to plants that have yellow, orange, peach or salmon colored flowers when the roses are blooming. Nice rose color combinations are either, purple, rose, lilac and light yellow, or orange and deep yellow. Light orange and salmon colored roses also make a perfect match.

With the wide selection of roses available it is wise to consult a good rose guide detailing the availability, stature and habit, usage, and disease susceptibility of each variety in various climates. ld roses and the frequent blooming habit of modern hybrids. Most of them are easy to grow in most climates and they form an ideal start to develop further combinations.

Practical Considerations

Air circulation and full sunshine are important for growing healthy roses. Roses should be planted where air circulation is not hampered by screens, walls, fences, buildings, hedges or other plantings.

Smith & Hawken: 100 English Roses for the American Garden
by Clair G. Martin (Author),

Source: www.lillysrosegarden.com


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The course you have to take is extremely superficial and teaches little more than how to look stuff up in reference books.
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