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Discussion id : 10-218
most recent 11 SEP 07 SHOW ALL
 
Initial post 2 OCT 05 by greg
I've heard that garlic is good at keeping bugs away when planted in the rose garden.
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Reply #1 of 3 posted 3 OCT 05 by Anonymous-97434
I'd also read that plants such as Society Garlic repelled aphids, etc. Didn't do it in MY garden! It did, however, provide a very suitable home for snails. Garlic is effective if sprayed on your roses. It will repel as well as kill soft bodied insects.
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Reply #2 of 3 posted 10 SEP 07 by BarbaraG SE Virginia
I've tried both garlic and chives, but I took them out (which wasn't easy!) because everytime I brushed against them working around the roses they released a bunch of oniony garlic smell. When I work in the roses I want to smell THE ROSES!
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Reply #3 of 3 posted 11 SEP 07 by Holmes Garden
I removed all but a few of the garlic this year as it was taking over the rose bed and whether or not it made any difference time will tell.
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Discussion id : 9-893
most recent 11 OCT 09 SHOW ALL
 
Initial post 31 AUG 05 by Zaslawska
I have a climbing rose "Sombreuil" and would like to have one or two clematis climb with it. There are so many clematis to choose from! Any recommendations on colors or specific clematis that would complement the creamy white of the rose?
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Reply #1 of 4 posted 7 SEP 05 by The Old Rosarian
Because the colour of Sombrieul is a beautfull cream, you could put any coloured clematis with it. It all depends on what look you want to create. As you know there are three types of clematis in regards to pruning. Because a rose has nasty thorns, it may be easier to plant a class where you just cut the clematis off at the bottom every year, such as the vitcella group. Plus you get more bang for your buck with this group as they produce a greater amount of flowers. Also the flowers are smaller and so don't overpower the rose blooms. Here are a few sugestions for this class of clematis. Etoile Violette...single deep purple with yellow stamens, Blue Angel...icy blue, petals look like crepe paper, Mme Julia Correvon...rich wine red and Ville de Lyon...carmine pink. All these will grow without a lot of trouble. If you have never grown clematis before, then try jackmanii Polish Spirit, it will grow if you just drop it on the ground. The colour is a rich royal purple.
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Reply #2 of 4 posted 17 SEP 05 by Unregistered Guest
Thank you so much for your input, especially regarding pruning. There are so many lovely clematis - your comments will help narrow down the choice!
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Reply #3 of 4 posted 7 OCT 09 by oakslesly
I am considering purchasing a climbing Sombreuil (sic) What has been your experience regarding frequency of blooms, fragrance, etc? I live in southern California. Thanks for your help.
Oakslesly
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Reply #4 of 4 posted 11 OCT 09 by Jeff Britt
I have Sombreuil (two actually) planted on a long pergola. In coastal Northern California, I get 4 to 5 flushes of roses a season. If you deadhead promptly, the flushes are quicker to come. The scent is lovely, a spicy and sweet fragrance that though isn't strong, it carries well and is surprisingly persistent. For my money, this is the best white reblooming climber there is.

And, I grow Clematis Jackmani and C. Polish Spirit up my Sombreuil. They look sensatinonal and I just whack them back to about 2 feet tall when I prune Sombreuil in January.

My only caviat with Sombreuil is it seems to be irresistable to thrips.

Jeff
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Discussion id : 9-602
most recent 17 JUL 05 HIDE POSTS
 
Initial post 16 JUL 05 by Jess
Can ground cover like vinca minor or others be planted amongst roses? Is there any ground covers that are preferred or others that are harmful? Thanks Jess
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Reply #1 of 1 posted 17 JUL 05 by Wendy C.
Shallow rooted ground cover works well, because it doesn't compete with the roses. Anything that is too dense or mats can cause problems unless kept trimmed away from the roses.
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Discussion id : 3-682
most recent 2 SEP 04 SHOW ALL
 
Initial post 11 SEP 03 by tom hooper
my rose garden is covered with allysum which has self sown there.it looks pretty,do you feel they would be inhibiting growth and well being of the roses?
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Reply #1 of 1 posted 2 SEP 04 by lizzie
no allysum wont worry your roses. infact it is a prefered ground cover. unlike pansies and violets wich attract red mites.let it grow!
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