Photo courtesy of petals and buds
Private rose garden Listing last updated on 15 Dec 2017.
Located in the Northern Mount Lofty Ranges, We live in a Mediterranean climate with hot dry summers and cold wet winters. With our summer months being the most trying on the plants. Our official annual rainfall of 450 to 500mls. Our temperatures range from 42 degrees in summer to -5 in winter.
We only grow heritage roses in our rose garden but grow other modern rose varieties in other garden areas. We grow hundreds of varieties of roses, pretty heat-loving perennials and attractive flowering shrubs. Our gardens are organic, using organic and permaculture-style techniques to keep the roses and other annuals and perennials healthy and happy. Hundreds of butterflies, native honeyeater birds and ladybirds etc are attracted to our garden and help to keep the aphids etc in balance. Roses grow here happily with little pest and disease problems mainly due to the dry climate and constant air movement that prevents mildew-like diseases. Our main issue is water and how to provide them with adequate water and mulch to keep them alive and flowering right through the long hot summer/autumn months.
The roses grow happily with many and varied companions like annuals, perennials, herbs, ground covers and vegetables. I like to grow the roses with companion which are complimentary in both colour and style to the heritage roses. Favourite companions to the roses are nepeta, cerastium, carnations, dianthus, annual statice, hollyhocks, lamb's ear, verbenas, shirley poppies, santolinas, wormwoods, salvias etc. Anything that likes our hot and dry summers and can cope with our alkaline soils and is beautiful fits the bill.