Month: June 2012

Wordless Wednesday in my garden…

‘Gentle Giant’ Hybrid Tea rose



‘Wild Blue Yonder’ Grandiflora rose



‘Julia Child’ Floribunda rose



‘Annabelle’ Hydrangeas



‘Snowflake’ Hydrangea


Lady Diana planting bed



‘Chicago Peace’ Hybrid Tea Rose



Conifer and Rose garden. ‘Easy Does It’, ‘Gentle Giant’ and ‘Distant Drums’ roses.



‘Endless Summer’ Hydrangea



















Painting my Garden with Beautiful Roses (Part V)…..My ‘Peachy’ Roses

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 My ‘Peachy’ Roses

(Peach, apricot, salmon pink)

Climbing Noisette ‘Reve d’Or

Reve d’Or– Noisette climbing rose, buff yellow with shades of apricot/peach. Size: 10-18’h x 5-8’w. Zone: 7-9.

This graceful climbing Noisette rose, Reve d’Or,  was brought to my attention via #Rosechat, a twitter exchange for rose lovers. Paul Zimmerman, (a.k.a. rose expert), had tweeted on #Rosechat  how he loved this climbing rose and grew Reve d’Or  in his own garden. So naturally, this past fall, I had to plant one. Mine is growing up a triple arched pergola and already has taken off in growth and given me some lovely blossoms.

Reve d’Or– (French for ‘Dream of Gold’)-  has softly shaped, delicate double blossoms that are more ‘peachy’ in color. The flowers appear in clusters abundantly in the spring, lightly during summer’s heat, and again in the fall. One of the best climbing roses for warmer climates. A designated Earthkind Rose. AARS rating 9.2.

Beautiful modern climber ‘Compassion’

‘Compassion’– modern climber in hues of salmon pink and peachy/apricot. Size: 8-10’h x 5’w. Zone: 5-10.

An extraordinarily beautiful climbing rose with Hybrid tea-like buds that open into pretty ruffled petals that are exquisitely shaped. It’s fragrance is intoxicating. I have Compassion growing up my triple arch pergola alongside Reve d’Or . Wonderful repeat flowering. One of my favorites.

David Austin rose- ‘Evelyn’

‘Evelyn’- David Austin short climbing rose, silky soft apricot, tinged with pink. Size: 6’h x 3’w. Zone:

Breathtaking rose in bloom, with huge old-fashioned rosette formed flowers. One of the most fragrant roses in my garden. A very good repeat bloomer. A small climber, perfect for a pillar.

‘Evelyn’ was named on behalf of Crabtree & Evelyn, who used it in their range of rose perfumes, soaps and lotions.

Exquisite ‘Evelyn’

Hybrid Musk- ‘Buff Beauty’

‘Buff Beauty’- Apricot blend Hybrid Musk. Size: 4-10′ x 4-8’w. Zone: 5-10.

A Hybrid Musk rose new to my garden this year. To my delight, Buff Beauty has already produced flowers and graceful long arching canes. This fragrant Hybrid Musk rose has beautiful clusters of double apricot flowers that fade to soft yellow. In warmer climates it is often trained as a climber. I’ve heard that Buff Beauty’s blooms are lovely in the fall….I can’t wait!


‘Amber’ Flower Carpet shrub rose- Semi-double peachy, amber flowers. Size: 2-3’h x 2-3’w. Zone: 5-10.

This my all time favorite Flower Carpet rose. High in disease resistance and a prolific bloomer. I have several planted around my stonebridge in front of my weeping Blue Atlas cedar.


My new 2013 ‘Peachy’ rose additions are:

‘Lady Ashe’– Apricot blend climbing Hybrid Tea

Peach Drift’


Yes, that’s me…. amongst my ‘Amber’ Flower Carpet roses.


I’ve enjoyed sharing my roses with everyone with these multiple blog posts.  Roses offer us an endless combination of colors to paint our landscapes with in any way we choose.  So go ahead- paint your garden with beautiful roses!

Check out some of these helpful rose links:

Painting my Garden with Beautiful Roses (Part I)…’My Pretty in Pink’ Roses

Painting my Garden with Beautiful Roses (Part IV)… My ‘Hot Sunset’ Roses

Previous Post: Painting my Garden with Beautiful Roses (Part III)… ‘Different Shades of White’ Roses

My ‘Hot Sunset’ Roses

(Yellow, Orange, Tangerine and Coral)

Floribunda rose ‘VaVoom’

‘VaVoom’ Orange and yellow blend Floribunda rose. Size: 3-4’h . Zone: 6-9

Va-Va-VaVoom! This Floribunda rose blooms continually in my garden giving me amazing color . It’s fully double flowers are an intense bright tangerine orange with rich mahogany colored new foliage.

‘VaVoom’ stands up well to the heat and humidity in my Zone 7b garden. One of my favorite roses colorwise, especially mixed with deep blues and purples. Fragrant. Does seem to get occasional blackspot.

‘VaVoom’- Eye catching with deep blues. Please note: The foliage has deer repellant residue on it due to a heavy application I had to apply to this part of my garden.



Floribunda rose 'Easy Does It
Floribunda rose ‘Easy Does It’

‘Easy Does It’– Floribunda rose in hues of mango orange, pink and apricot. Size: 3-4’h. Zone: 5-10.

This rose lives true to its has to be one of the easiest Floribunda’s to grow in my garden. Extremely disease resistant and a non-stop bloomer from spring to frost! The flower petals are beautifully scalloped with ruffled edges, starting out mango orange and then turning coral and pink. 2010 AARS Award. In the spring, I love mixing Easy Does It with orange tri-color snapdragons.

‘Easy Does It’ inter-planted with snapdragons in my spring garden.


Floribunda rose ‘ Julia Child’

‘Julia Child’ – Warm buttery gold/yellow Floribunda. Size: 3-4’h x 3-4’w. Zone: 5-10.

Huge clusters of deliciously fragrant old fashioned blooms in a gorgeous buttery yellow. Extremely disease resistant (one of the best in my garden), constant bloomer.

2006 AARS Winner.  Adored by many and definitely one of my favorites!


Kordes Climbing rose ‘ Golden Gate’

‘Golden Gate’ – Golden yellow Kordes Large flowered Climbing rose. Size: 8’h x 5’w. Zone: 5-10.

Newly planted in my garden this spring is the Kordes climbing rose ‘Golden Gate’. It has already grown to 7 feet tall and given me lots of blooms. ‘Golden Gate‘ has lovely double blooms that are golden yellow slowly fading to cream. Beautiful healthy green foliage. Wonderful repeat bloomer and fragrant.  It’s a keeper in my garden.

‘White Licorice’ Floribunda rose

‘White Licorice’ – light yellow Floribunda rose. Size: 3-4’h x 3-4′ w. Zone: 5-10.

Another newcomer to my garden this spring ‘White Licorice’  Floribunda rose. Two of them grace the entrance to my backyard stone arbor. The sweet licorice/lemon fragrance is a wonderful greeting, along with the lovely lemon yellow blossoms which turn to ivory white. .  Only downside…seems to be susceptible to blackspot. Already thinking about replacing this rose with a few Julia Child Floribunda’s.

‘Coral’ Flower Carpet Rose

‘Coral’ Flower Carpet Rose-Size: 3-4 feet. Zone: 5-11.

This prostrate- growing shrub rose is a real eye catcher in my landscape. The coral color is bright and cheery even in our brutal summer heat. Extremely  disease resistant and requires little care as most Flower Carpet shrub roses. Prolific bloomer.

Next Post: Painting my Garden with Beautiful Roses (PartV)… My ‘Peachy’ Roses

Painting my Garden with Beautiful Roses (Part III)…. My ‘Different Shades of White’ Roses

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My ‘Shades of White’Roses

 ( White, Near White, White edged with pink, Blush)


Climbing ‘Iceburg’ Floribunda Rose- Size: 8-10′ h. Zone: 5-10.

Climbing Iceburg

Climbing Iceburg produces beautiful semi-double white flowers all summer long in my garden. I’ve read that it’s considered to be the best white climber, however, Sombreuil also has my vote.  Iceburg’s flowers are fragrant with beautiful dark green foliage. The only fault is that the flowers are not very long lasting when cut.

A reliable climber in my garden and even performs well in a bit of shade.

Climbing Iceburg growing on my trellis in my garden



Beautiful ‘Sombreuil’ Climbing rose

‘Sombreuil’ Creamy White Climbing Tea Rose. Size: 8-12’h. Zone: 6-9. 

‘Sombreuil’ is an outstanding climber in my garden reaching about eight to ten feet . One of my all time favorite white roses due to its fragrance and elegant creamy white flowers. It’s flowers remind me of the ‘Alba Plena’ camellia with their formal flat double petals ever so slightly blushed with pink. It flowers profusely and sheds its soft faded petals beautifully. Sombreuil  adds an Old World charm to my garden. It’s believed by some, that it was named after the daughter of Comte de Sombreuil, who was governor of Les Invalides at the time of the French Revolution, and she saved her father from prison and possible death.

 These next few roses are different shades of white–they either start out white or eventually turn white as they mature….

Hybrid Tea ‘ Moonstone’

‘Moonstone’  – Soft cream finely edged in delicate pink Hybrid Tea rose. Size: 3-4’h x 3’w. Zone: 5-10.

Moonstone is an absolutely stunning hybrid tea rose blooming in my garden. It’s flowers open from large buds to lovely white petals finely edged with pink. The blooms are huge and exquisite. The flowers change colors as they age, becoming more creamy white.  Moonstone is a noted prize winning exhibition rose and also an excellent cut flower.

Hybrid Tea ‘Moonstone’

I have two planted in my garden; one in full sun, which is doing excellent (above photo), and the other is planted in part sun and has been prone to some black spot. This rose definitely prefers some sun and heat.

Climbing Noisette ‘Madame Alfred Carriere’

Madame Alfred Carrienear white Noisette Tea Climber. Size: 10-20’+ . Zone: 7-9.

This is one blooming machine in my garden… and that’s an understatement. Climbing Madame Alfred Carrie blooms almost all year round for me in my Zone 7b climate. At times I’ve had blossoms in January!

This climbing Noisette rose is very vigorous so make sure you have a tall and strong structure (or a house) for this rose to climb upon. I made the mistake of planting mine against a wrought iron railing about 9′ high and 20′ wide and it’s already outgrown that space, requiring the task of pruning on a regular basis to keep this climbing rose within it’s bounds .

Madame Alfred Carrie

 The blooms are a pale white tinted with a hint of blush and very fragrant. This climbing rose has a soft romantic appearance when in bloom. It’s undemanding, provided you plant it with plenty of room to grow, and it is quite disease resistant. ‘Madame Alfred Carrie’ has a long blooming season and is almost thornless (which helps in pruning) . I truly love this climbing rose and would never have a garden without it.

‘Marie Pavie’

‘Marie Pavie’ – white blend Polyantha Rose. Size: 15″-4’h x 2’w. Zone: 4-10.

‘Marie Pavie’ is one of the oldest Polyantha’s.  This jewel-of-rose is new to my garden and I’m already in love with it. It’s semi-double flowers open from small flesh pink buds before fading to white. The plant is vigorous, compact, thornless and good for the front of the border or container planting. Intensely fragrant, especially on humid evenings in my garden.

My new 2013 white rose additions are:

2 – ‘Moondance’– white blend Floribunda rose

‘Green Romantica’– white blend hybrid tea


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Painting my Garden with Beautiful Roses (Part II)….My ‘Sultry Red’ Roses

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My ‘Sultry Red’ Roses

(Red, Dark red, Crimson, Pale red)


‘Don Juan’ climbing rose

‘Don Juan’ -modern large flowered dark red climbing rose. Size: 8-10’h x 6’w. Zone: 5-10

This is definitely one classy climbing rose. My favorite red climber of all times. Enough so, that I have three climbing up the stone exterior walls of my home. The beauty and fragrance is amazing. The color is a true, deep, velvety red. I have two ‘Don Juan’s’ growing in a sunny location that have grown tremendously in the last 2 years and the third in a part sun location that, to my surprise, is doing very well.

‘Don Juan’ climbing up my stone exterior wall.

Eventually, this climber will be trained to grow over the arch entry of my home, but for now, it’s still in it’s ‘growing phase’. Requires little attention other than deadheading (or in my case training the canes)  an excellent repeat bloomer. Occasionally can get spells of black spot, but that doesn’t seem to slow this rose down since new growth compensates the loss of leaves.  I would not have a rose garden without a ‘Don Juan’!

In a few years, ‘Don Juan’ will be trained over the arch.



David Austin- ‘William Shakespeare 2000’

William Shakespeare 2000 crimson red David Austin shrub rose. Size: 4′ x 3′. Zone: 5-10.

Another newcomer to my garden this spring, this David Austin rose has exquisite, large double crimson red blossoms that are full petaled, cupped and quartered. The rich luscious color is outstanding ( hard to capture with a camera), especially when planted with pinks and violets. I was impressed and pleased with the number of blossoms WS2000 provided me this month considering I just planted it 3 months ago. Mine is planted next to several pink ‘Huntington Roses‘,  another David Austin shrub rose.

Red Flower Carpet Rose surrounded by colorful conifers

Red Flower Carpet Rose ‘ Noare‘- Carmine red shrub rose. Size: 2-4’h x 3’w. Zone: 4-10.

Most of my roses, especially my shrub roses, are integrated as part of my landscape design. My Red Flower Carpet roses ‘Noare’ are no exception. I have several groupings of this shrub rose flanked around my Blue Atlas Cedars ( conifers are another passion of mine) and the color pairing is just stunning!

A prolific bloomer with beautiful carmine red flowers with yellow centers. Highly disease resistant and easy to grow. Love it for its punch of vivid color from spring until frost.

Flower Carpet Rose – ‘Noare’

Stunning ‘Double Delight’ Hybrid Tea rose

‘Double Delight’ cream blushing red Hybrid Tea rose. Size: 4’h x 4’w. Zone: 5-10.

Even though ‘Double Delight’ is not totally red in color, I still placed it in the ‘Sultry Red’ category due to it’s spectacular bi-color with red being it’s eye-catching attribute.

‘Double Delight‘ is a gorgeous Hybrid tea whose fragrance and perfectly formed flowers are creamy white with a tinge of red that looks like it was hand-painted on its outer petals, and then as it matures it’s flowers turn more red in color. To me, it’s an artist’s dream to paint this rose for it’s alluring two-toned beauty.

My new 2013 red rose additions are:

2- ‘Dublin Bay’– red large flowered climbing rose

‘Traviata’– dark red hybrid tea

‘Munstead Wood’ – dark red David Austin rose

‘Tess of the D’ Ubervilles’– crimson red David Austin rose

5- ‘Warm & Fuzzy‘- Christmasy red miniature rose

Next Post: Painting my Garden with Beautiful Roses (Part III)… My ‘Shades of White’ Roses