For me a garden filled with roses is the dream and I want to have lots of them in my cut flower arrangements. Roses from shops can often be mass produced on farms in other countries where the farming process is pretty relentless. We have the ability to grow beautiful roses in this country and I’m all for the more rustic, less perfect looking blooms (which is probably a good thing as I’m a complete beginner in terms of growing roses). It was so much fun choosing which beautiful blooms to buy but it was worth considering what I wanted from the roses in our garden. With all the different types, colours and varieties to choose from it helped to narrow my selection down by choosing roses that had the right qualities. I wanted roses that would be fast growing, good for cutting and would also smell amazing. As well as a few shrub roses I have chosen climbing roses that can scramble over the garden fences and walls and will hopefully work well with the other climbers and shrubs I have chosen.
Here’s my rose lineup:
ROSA ‘A SHROPSHIRE LAD’
A stunning David Austin rose with large peachy pink blooms and a gorgeous fragrance. Mum has this one growing in her garden and I’ve always loved it. This rose is lacking in the thorn department which is great news as I want as many roses as possible to be used as cut flowers . I hope to grow this rose up the back of the house and over the patio doors. It’s a fast growing, vigorous climber so should do the job nicely. It will be so lovely to walk through its rosey perfume and into the garden.
ROSA ‘NEW DAWN’
New Dawn is a fragrant, vigorous climbing rose. It should grow quickly and will easily help to cover the fence over on the east facing bed. New Dawn will do well in partial shade so should be ok in this slightly shady bed. It has classic sprays of pearly pink blooms and flowers all the way from July until September. I hope that it will also spread onto the back wall adding some soft pink tones to the evergreen climbers on the north facing wall.
ROSA ‘CHARLES DE MILLS’
A highly recommended rose by David Austin and Sarah Raven. This deep crimson beauty really caught my eye and will look stunning in any border. I going to plant Charles De Mills in the east bed as I want vibrant colour to pop out even when the bed is in shade. A hardy and reliable shrub rose, it smells delicious and is apparently really good for use as a cut flowers. I can’t wait to see it bloom in the garden!
ROSA ‘MADAME ALFRED DE CARRIERE’
I have read that this is one of the best roses for growing on a north facing wall. SOLD! By growing a rose along the north facing wall at the back of our garden means I can hopefully have happy roses in every bed. Is it possible to have too many roses in a garden? I don’t think so. Growing in shade is not the only trump card this rose has; It’s full hardy, has a lovely fragrance and grows quickly. It also has stunning flowers that change from white to pale pink.
ROSA ‘ICEBERG CLIMBING’
A vigorous, bushy climbing rose with white, double headed blooms with a sweet fragrance. The stems are pretty much thornless which makes it a great cut flower option. I plan to plant my climbing Iceburg in the west flower bed to help cover the fence. I’m hoping it will bush out into the bed and form a pretty back drop my poppy’s (which I’m slightly obsessed with) and other perennials.
ROSA KONIGIN VON DANEMARK
Such a beautiful, soft, classical rose. With deep to light pink, crushed, double blooms. Fast growing with a lovely fragrance. Koni (as I’ve started to call it) will look stunning in the garden and vase as the flowers are apparently great when cut and will add impact to my south bed. I want to match it against pretty shrub foliage, peony’s and fox gloves for a romantic feel that I hope will do this old fashioned beauty justice.
ROSA MALVERN HILLS
A fragrant, repeat flowering rambling rose. I had to include this magnificent David Austin rose as a tribute to the Malvern Hills where my Grandma lived and Grandpa still lives. I’ll always remember walking on the hills with my Grandma. She would talk to me about the different wildlife and plants that we came across. Her passion for flowers has always inspired me and continues to do so. I know I will smile often and think of her when I see this one bloom. Great for cutting and almost thornless I will be able to make the most of seeing if flower inside and out.
All of the roses have now arrived and it’s so exciting to put them in the newly formed flower beds. As they are all going in at once and I’m going to have my hands very full this year I tried to choose roses that were known to be reliable and resistant to disease. Anything too high maintenance might lead to a lot of disappointment. Fingers crossed this hardy bunch take to the garden and more importantly to me and my rather novice approach to gardening!
It would be great to hear any rose growing tips or advice. I’d also love to hear about other people’s faveourite roses. What roses can you not live without in your garden?