3 steps to rose heaven

Gardening Australia - - GSPRECAITAGLAPRLDAECNES -

Deryn loves roses, and has filled her gar­den with climbers, Hy­brid Teas and minia­tures. Here are some of her favourite ways to grow them.

✱ TREL­LIS Roses make great screen­ing plants, and can be trained up a trel­lis and along a fence line. Deryn has ‘La­mar­que’, with clus­ters of vi­o­let-scented white flow­ers and few thorns, ‘Sou­venir de Madame Léonie Vi­en­not’, a

Tea Rose with cop­pery pink flow­ers, mostly in late win­ter to spring, which re­peat flow­ers, and ‘Cré­pus­cule’, a vir­tu­ally thorn­less rose with masses of small, apri­cot-yel­low flow­ers.

✱ SWAG Grow­ing roses on a swag, which is a chain or rope strung be­tween posts or col­umns, can de­lin­eate ar­eas within a gar­den. This is also a good use of space, as other plants can be grown un­der­neath the trail­ing rose. Deryn uses climb­ing ‘China Doll’, with trusses of hot pink, dou­ble flow­ers, for this pur­pose, and she says that climb­ing ‘Pinkie’, which has pale pink, semi-dou­ble blooms, works well, too.

✱ POLE Deryn grows roses on a pole to add height, but not shade in her gar­den. ‘Pene­lope’, a Hy­brid Musk rose from 1924, has the per­fect shape for a pole (see page 21). It has cop­pery salmon-tinted buds that open to per­fumed, creamy pink, semi-dou­ble flow­ers, which have prom­i­nent yel­low sta­mens that fade to white.

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