Sculpture always adds additional visual interest to any yard and this lovely obelisk adds a memorable accent to the newly created formal garden with its crushed rock pathways, rose beds and bench seating. On the far left side, a stairway leads down to the lower yard.
Viewing the edge of the pool and the rose garden from the rear of the owner’s home, you get a better perspective on this side garden and its amenities which provide unlimited opportunities for hosted gatherings and events.
English Rose 'Kew Gardens' is an unusual English rose with small, single flowers clustered in very large heads somewhat like a hydrangea. Though more like a species hybrid in appearance, it enjoys all the strengths of a David Austin rose. The young buds are soft apricot opening to pure white, with a hint of soft lemon behind the stamens. After bloom, small red hips which should be removed to encourage repeat flowering from early summer through the end of the season. It is extremely healthy, nearly thornless and produces masses of white blooms, lending the bush the appearance of being covered with snow. Its growth is bushy and upright. It makes a lovely flowering hedge. Repeat-flowering. Grows to approximately 5 ft tall x 3 ft wide. RHS "Award of Garden Merit." (David Austin 2009, Ausfence).
With perennial beds and rose bushes on either side of the path, guests will love strolling through this European-inspired garden. Thanks to its sleek design, the swimming pool ahead blends beautifully with the horizon line.
David Austin's two-acre rose garden in Albrighton, UK attracts visitors from all around the world, many of whom travel thousands of miles to visit the home of the AustinÕs English Roses. The rose garden's 700 different varieties of roses bloom in fragrant flushes from late May until the first frosts. Featured areas include The Lion Garden (seen here), The Renaissance Garden and the National Collection of English Roses. The Austin gardens are open to the public year-round.
Terrariums take on a new twist in Garden Made: A Year of Seasonal Projects to Beautify Your Garden and Your Life, by Vancouver author Stephanie Rose. Rose, who blogs about gardening, cooking and crafting at Garden Therapy, adds layers of colored sand to her glass gardens. Although sand art has been around since the 70s, it feels fresh and trendy when used with your favorite houseplants.
New for Spring 2017: 'The Ancient Mariner', a tall repeat-blooming English Rose from David Austin Roses. For gardeners, it's a perfect choice for the middle or back of a border or use as a larger landscape shrub rose. Its big, many-petalled flowers have a strong myrrh fragrance. 'The Ancient Mariner' is covered with blooms from late spring through frost. After bloom, the spent petals fall cleanly away. Available in the U.S. and Canada as bare root stock from 800-328-8893 or DavidAustinRoses.com.
A rose trellis on the arched front gate ushers visitors into the lush and colorful garden pathway to this remodeled, private country cottage. Nestled on nearly a quarter of an acre, the home has three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a detached art studio and is approximately 2,127 square feet.
English Rose 'Crocus Rose' as a Tree Rose - 'Crocus Rose' is a robust, free-flowering rose with lovely cream-colored rosette-shaped flowers, initially laced with soft apricot at the center. It is a very good choice for US growing conditions, including those with very cold winters. Grows to four feet tall and three feet wide. The fragrance is light Tea rose. Repeat-flowering. Awarded RHS "Award of Garden Merit." (David Austin 2000, Ausquest).
Formal walkways in the garden lead visitors through a succession of rooms, each with their own ornamental focal points. Here, a series of overhead metal arbors act as guides for garden roses to grow and climb upon, structured at the base by topiary boxwoods and strong stone pillars.
'Flawless' is a Flora-Tea rose, a special type of rose developed by the Jackson & Perkins Company that combines the best characteristics of hybrid teas and floribundas. The plants have pastel pink, fully double blooms with a raspberry fragrance. The flowers grow almost 4 inches across on long stems and open in waves throughout the summer. ‘Flawless’ tolerates the heat and humidity in southern and western gardens.
A rose slug is the larvae or immature stage of a rose sawfly. It’s easy to overlook on roses, until its feeding begins to damage leaves. Rose slugs feed on leaf undersides, out of sight, nibbling on leaf tissue—the part between the veins. When they’re done eating, leaves resemble skeletons. Usually when gardeners spot rose slug damage, they think their roses have a disease because leaves are speckled and have holes in them. Sawfly larvae are not slugs or caterpillars, but a different type of critter. Blast them off roses with a spray of water, or spray them with spinosad, a bioinsecticide made from soil bacteria.
Savannah, a hybrid tea rose, should take a bow. This variety was named Best Hybrid Tea, Most Fragrant Rose and Most Outstanding Rose at the 2015 Biltmore International Rose Trials. It's able to withstand the heat and humidity in southern gardens and is especially resistant to black spot and mildew. The vigorous shrubs grow to 4 feet in zones 5-9, producing glossy green leaves and lots of fragrant, salmon-pink blooms in the summer.