See also: Complete List of Garden Roses
I chose eight. I always choose eight. I've seen a lot of roses over a lot of years. These are the ones I would plant if my life depended on their success. They are for the most part resoundingly disease resistant. They are not just tough. They are also beautiful.
Dr. Robert Basye's masterpiece, Belinda's Dream is stunning from bud through bloom. Belinda's Dream has excellent disease resistance. Outstanding heat tolerance. The flowers are large, to 5". It's not perfect: Belinda's Dream has a lot of petals and may ball in cool, damp climates.
A worthy rose to start our list. Learn more.
Highly disease resistant shrub rose developed by Dr. Griffin Buck (Iowa State University), Carefree Beauty is highly disease resistant and blooms from Spring through to frost. They say it gets to three feet. Don't believe it...I've seen it to six on an extremely old rose at the Atlanta Botanical Garden.
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See also: Herbaceous Perennials, Peony Bowl of Beauty
I find peonies such as Pillow Talk achingly beautiful to look at and very difficult to photograph. Lots of petals and a cruelly short bloom time creates a narrow window of opportunity. Occasionally I stumble onto a worthwhile image and off we go...
Pillow Talk was released in 1974 and won a gold medal from the American Peony Society twenty years later. Such staying power says something. You can view the entire list of gold medal winners here.Read full post
When a garden designer or landscape architect plants something in their own garden, you know they are serious. We are happy to appreciate plants in other people's gardens, but to find the plants closest to our hearts, snoop around our places. There is only so much room after all.
Clematis armandii is a classic and one of my two favorite vines (the other being hops vine). It is the plant I walk under first thing in the morning and the plant I walk under last thing in the evening.Read full post
See also: Trees and Shrubs
I have found restraint is wise both in judgement of others as well as the pruning of forsythia. How harshly a plant is pruned may reveal something about the values of the person manning the shears. Or it might not. For example, one might believe tightly pruned forsythia to be a sign of a controlling or uptight personality.
Our gardens are often a reflection of our values, whether we intend it or not. Indeed, gardens throughout the centuries have tended to reflect the societal rules in place at the time. Still, when it comes to individuals, I choose to believe we do our best and maybe just need a little help along the way.
When it comes to the aesthetics of pruning, it often comes down to experience and knowledge*. There are some plants that respond to pruning tightly (hedges, topiary, etc.) and other plants that look best when allowed to retain their natural shape. One thing is certain: If you bring electric clippers to the job instead of pruning shears, you have lost.
Forsythia is best, always, when allowed to grow relatively unbound.Read full post
they mourn the death of Venice
but i do not.
all kings fall,
but the people will remain,
a sea, a plain
to the horizon, treeless.
and the grasses and the wind
are the things i love.
there is only one you.
only ever be one you.
never before. never after.
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