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Member rose garden   Listing last updated on 21 Mar 2018.
In the Upstate of, South Carolina
United States
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:

Abraham Darby
Autumn Sunset
Belinda’s Dream
Blush Noisette
Carefree Beauty
Carefree Sunshine (3)
Christopher Marlowe
Chrysler Imperial
Cinnamon Twist (Standard/Tree Rose)
Climbing Pinkie
Country Dancer
Cramoisi Supérieur
Don Juan
Double Delight
Duchesse de Brabant
Faith Whittlesey
Frances Drubeuil
Général Galliéni
Green Ice
Gruss An Achen
Gruss An Achen--Pink
Hawkeye Belle
Honey Bouquet
Hot Cocoa (2)
Julia child (2)
Knock Out (3)
La Marne
Lady Hillingdon
Lillian Austin
Margo Koster
Marie Pavie
Moulton Noisette
Mystic Beauty (2)
Old Gay Hill
Papi Delbard
Pink Knock Out
Scepter'D Isle
Sea Foam
Sophy’s Rose
Uncle Joe (a.k.a Toro)
Weeping China Doll
White Dawn

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,
awesomely simple
... that's creativity.
- Charles Mingus
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