A pas­sion for roses

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Ra­mona started gar­den­ing three years ago af­ter join­ing a friend on a bus tour or­gan­ised by Lud­wig’s Roses. “We vis­ited four rose gardens,” she says. “There were masses of roses of all kinds. That’s when I first saw the David Austin rose, ‘Shar­ifa Asma’. Its pale pink hue and won­der­ful fra­grance was sim­ply ir­re­sistible and I im­me­di­ately fell in love with roses.

“I have cre­ated a ro­man­tic gar­den by plant­ing more than 350 rose bushes in a sim­i­lar way to which Euro­pean gar­den­ers do it: I cov­ered the area around the roses with other flow­er­ing plants and ground­cov­ers so that no soil is vis­i­ble. Tra­di­tion­ally, noth­ing is planted next to roses so that they get all the nu­tri­ents out of the soil. But this isn’t nec­es­sary. It also looks too for­mal and doesn’t cre­ate the ru­ral aes­thetic I’m af­ter.

“I adore UK rose grower David Austin’s fra­grant old-fash­ioned roses,” she says. “I also love plant­ing ‘Ice­berg’ roses in the back­ground – they show off my other plants to per­fec­tion.”

Ra­mona does a lot of re­search on gar­den­ing and plants. “I watch YouTube videos and check out Pin­ter­est. I have a Pin­ter­est board with a list of all the roses in my gar­den.” >>

I’ll live any­where in the world, as long as I am able to gar­den. – Ra­mona

White ‘Ice­berg’ stan­dard roses pro­vide a showy dis­play in this part of the gar­den, while laven­der bushes soften the path­way. Ra­mona uses the white shed next to the pool for prop­a­gat­ing plants. A neatly clipped hedge of Du­ranta ‘Sheena’s Gold’ frames a wa­ter fea­ture.

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