When it comes to climbing roses, ‘Zephirine Drouhin’ is one of the most versatile. It’s a thornless, shade-tolerant rose that unfurls deep pink blooms. Thorn-free canes make this a great rose to place on arches or pergolas over walkways or patios. ‘Zephirine Drouhin’ opens intensely fragrant flowers from spring to fall frost. This antique rose was officially introduced in France in 1873. Plants grow to 12 feet tall and 3 to 6 feet wide. Hardy in Zones 5-9.
Beloved for its ability to beckon bees, butterflies and hummingbirds, bee balm (Monarda) also earns rave reviews for its mosquito-repelling qualities. For many insect-deterring plants to work, you have to crush leaves or blooms to release the plant’s volatile oils. Bee balm is an exception to that rule. As it grows and blooms in your garden, it releases fragrances mosquitoes dislike (so does basil, by the way). Bee balm is a perennial that flowers in a variety of colors and plant sizes. This beauty is Balmy Rose monarda, which is a compact type growing to 1 foot high. It’s a great choice for edging beds or tucking into containers.
This floribunda rose is outstanding for its nearly glowing, red-orange blooms.. The full flowers may remind you of lush English roses. Bred especially for containers, 'Brilliant Veranda' is stunning when combined with annuals or perennials and also thrives in a sunny bed or border.
When the temperatures change, so do the colors of '‘Sweet Mademoiselle’. In hot weather, the flowers are light apricot; when it’s cooler, they become peachy-pink to deep pink. The full, double blooms are sweetly scented, held on 5-foot shrubs with dark green foliage. This hybrid tea blooms from summer to fall.