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Member rose garden Listing last updated on 14 Dec 2018.
In the Upstate of, South Carolina
USDA Zone: 7a
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I originally had over 80 roses until I relocated. It was a difficult decision on what roses to leave behind, but there was just no way to bring them all.
I currently have a home that is on .18 acres. Within the first 4 years after the move I had planted over 60 roses. I can not add roses like I used to but I love the ones I have. They are intermixed with evergreens, perennials and annuals in an organized fashion, but my spacing and layout leans towards the cottage style.
I have a hill in the back of my lot that is too steep to grow grass on. When I moved in it was planted with creeping juniper shrubs. They were home to yellow jackets and hornets. The back yard was hot, ugly and unwelcoming.
Here is the lot before I moved in. You can see it is small and there are junipers lined up like soldiers on the back hill:
I decided that I would make this hill area work for me as it was the only real gardening space I had!! I have mixed the hill with evergreens, arborvitae, red maples, wax myrtle, and over 30 different roses.
I grow roses that are hardy, disease resistant and good on repeat blooms. The roses placed on the hill must be able to survive extreme conditions since the soil is a horrible clay and rock mix. I try to dig the holes wider and deeper than the plants will initially require and amend it so they have a good start….however…..this is nearly impossible on the left bank. One this side there is a rock shelf under the thin layer of clay Amazingly, many roses have survived this harsh condition and have even flourished. (Namely: Knock Out, Carefree Sunshine, Madison, Blush Noisette, Sea Foam, and White Dawn)
Here is the work in progress on the hill:
I do not like to spray chemicals so I actively seek out roses that can handle the heat and humidity of our region. I do this so I can avoid foliar spraying for fungus. I have been pleased with the Bayer All in One drench to control thrips, Japanese Beetles and black spot.
Currently I grow the following roses around the house and on the hill:
Carefree Sunshine (3)
Cinnamon Twist (Standard/Tree Rose)
Duchesse de Brabant
Gruss An Achen
Gruss An Achen--Pink
Hot Cocoa (2)
Julia child (2)
Knock Out (3)
Mystic Beauty (2)
Old Gay Hill
Pink Knock Out
Uncle Joe (a.k.a Toro)
Weeping China Doll
Total Roses = 63 on .18 acres!!!
Roses that didn’t make the cut (I shovel pruned them):
Altissimo: too big for the space I had for him
Daybreaker: Had RMV when I purchased it and it faltered immediately
Spanish Rhapsody: Didn’t love the blooms, some disease and defoliation
The Fairy: a heart breaking loss to rose gall. This was a beautiful standard rose,
I cried when I had to remove it for crown gall.
I hope to show others that a small lot size should not contain a gardeners enthusiasm! I also hope that I can discharge the myth that roses are hard to grow and maintain. I choose my roses carefully, fertilize with 10-10-10 in spring and then just water. You don't have to fuss with chemicals to grow beautiful roses!
Making the simple complicated is commonplace;
making the complicated simple,
... that's creativity.
- Charles Mingus