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i could have written this post. i planted tons of different kinds of roses all through my gardens years ago. i never sprayed them. this last year towards the end of winter i checked on them and they were downright ugly. i missed trimming them last year and they had grown into monsters. i have a lot of them in a roomed in part of my gardens. recently i walked down the path and opened the doors and literally
caught my breath. all of them were at top bloom and were gorgeous. i think i will keep them. they have no idea how close they came death! you can see them in all their glory on my blog.

Great post, Elizabeth. I am never interested in rose gardens per se, even at fabulous botanical gardens. But mix roses in with other perennials, and I'm enthralled. That's the way they should always be grown.

I introduced a rose-garden only friend to the wonder of perennials and not spraying, when I told her that the holes in her passion vine were from butterfly caterpillars and made that connection for her between the plants and the critters. She ended up being a butterfly freak, and including butterfly plants in her garden which was beautiful with all the roses. Side benefit, of course, less spraying of things since all the good critters that ate aphids were attracted to her garden now.

Then again, she's the only reason my garden has roses, since that was the one question she had when she saw my pretty yard -- where were my roses. She insisted on buying me a couple, and now I have a lot of them, all organically grown.

So now we both have roses, and perennials, and butterflies Always something to learn from each other!

I'm with you Elizabeth...the few roses I have are mixed in with perennials and are mostly climbers. Yours look quite lovely.

The only thing I don't like about the roses mixed in with the perennials is it is hazardous to weed. I have a no- name lovely little pink rose that spreads by runners (only rose to survive from the former owners rose garden,oh and Blaze, too) and weeding in that bed results in bleeding and hair catching.

I never tire of reading how people use roses in their landscapes. Roses can be beautiful, healthy plants. We just need to choose the right types for our gardens. I like that you have a few sneaking back. 'Double Delight' was one of the first roses I ever grew, but it is long gone. Too much trouble.~~Dee


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