Rose Gardens: A Plan
Roses do not need their own place in a smaller garden, but can be combined with the other flowers placed in the bed and border. They look especially pretty if left to climb along a charming pedestal fountain. Water features placed near roses will help water the roses as they gently splash when running.
It is unknown why the practice of giving roses their own bed came about; perhaps it is a result of the bushy habit of the rose making it contrast the appearance of other flowers. Today, this idea is not true, and the rose should be placed into any and all parts of the garden!
Roses can fit into any area, and there can never be too many of them. Roses seem to look best along walls and fences. Here they can decorate and dress up an empty wall, especially since they are prolific climbers. In the shrubbery, they help to take the monotony out of the masses of green foliage.
Create standards or pillars for your lawn with roses, adding a beautiful touch of color. In beds and borders they will add to the overall effect. Roses can even be used as hedges, for arches, pergolas, and festoons, since there is no better climber available. No matter how you use them, roses will add a beauty matched by no other flower.
If you have ample space, the addition of a rose garden can be a stunning accent. Although it does not need to be planted alone, there is something truly enchanting about a garden full of beautiful and fragrant roses!
Planting a rose garden goes to show how the rose is anything but monotonous. This queen of flowers will add vibrant shades of colors and levels that will truly add appeal and interest!
When planting a rose garden choose a sunny area, and create a formal layout as rose deserves this tribute. Formality is not achieved by shape alone in the garden details; beds and borders of informal outline can be made quite formal in the planting and accessories.
Always have a plan for your roses when planting, and do not simple plant roses all over the garden. Little is known about natural roses and garden roses are a stunning product of man’s art. They are, perhaps, the most artificial of all flowers.
A rose garden looks best when planted on formal lines, especially if you plan it on a symmetrical basis. The most common method is to cut the rose beds in grass; there is much to be said in favor of a grass setting for roses.
Here are some key things to remember:
- The beds should not be too small or too elaborate in outline.
- The groups should show a geometrical relation between their component beds in the way that is advisable for groups of flower beds.
- Outlying borders give a sense of enclosure and sanctity to the whole arrangement, which may be enhanced by planting their outer lines with standards or pillars.
- The introduction of arches at suitable points is an excellent way to gain height.
- The necessary shelter in exposed sections may be created by the use of rose or sweet-brier hedges, or of roses trained upon a skeleton fence.
- It is not unusual to carry a path through the rose garden, or to set it where two paths intersect at right angles. The point of intersection is sometimes marked by a sundial or vase.
- When a path or paths lead into the rose garden, the beds may be separated by gravel, thereby excluding grass altogether.
A rose garden should appear dainty and tidy to add to the effect. This is done by keeping the edges well clipped.
A rose garden does not need to be shaped with equal dimensions both ways. You can make it long and narrow, especially when you have a limited amount of space available. You can bring the garden into harmony by planting roses in adjacent parts of the garden. Allowing it to be easier to walk around and enjoy them.