My Front Yard Rose Bed

sara_ann-z6bokNovember 17, 2013

I planted this rose bed in early April of this year. This picture was taken on June 30th. Roses include Bewitched, Fragrant Plum, Chrysler Imperial, Pink Peace, Perfume Delight, Tiffany, Midas Touch, Tropicana, JFK and Mellow Yellow.

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Same bed on August 10th

    Bookmark   November 17, 2013 at 7:50AM
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And on September 15th. I was amazed at how much my roses grew this year.

    Bookmark   November 17, 2013 at 7:54AM
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dublinbay z6 (KS)

Bigger and lovelier! Good job!

They are looking really healthy also.


    Bookmark   November 17, 2013 at 9:29AM
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Beautiful with the brick around it. They really grew nicely! I love bricks with roses. I love your fragrant choices too. What about another row just like this for next year with brick and a small fountain between to make a small Charleston style garden? You already have the beautiful large tree. You have almost all of my favorites!

Others I like in this style are
Jardins Bagatelle
Radox Bouquet
Memorial Day
Fragrant Cloud
Pope John Paul II
Eternal Flame
Love Song

Congratulations again on your rose garden

    Bookmark   November 17, 2013 at 10:21AM
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jim1961 Zone 6a Central Pa.

Very nice! Thanks for sharing! :)

    Bookmark   November 17, 2013 at 10:25AM
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Beautiful roses, Sara Ann!

    Bookmark   November 17, 2013 at 11:12AM
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view1ny NY 6-7

wow. simply gorgeous. enjoy!

whatever you're doing, keep it up.

    Bookmark   November 17, 2013 at 11:37AM
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Everything looks great, and healthy. Watch out for Tropicana. It can get real tall real fast.

    Bookmark   November 17, 2013 at 11:38AM
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Thank you for the kind words everyone. Kitty, thanks for the suggestions, I've never had a knack for design, I welcome any suggestions in that area. Interesting that you mentioned Jardins de Bagatelle. I was glancing through one of my rose books yesterday and for some reason that one stood out, it is a beautiful rose with the classic hybrid tea shape that I love. They are all good suggestions. You would think I would have Oklahoma, but I don't. I've never been that impressed with the way it looks when I see pictures of it, but a few years ago I saw it in bloom at an area nursery and it was gorgeous, was tempted then to get it, but I didn't.

I've seen some pictures of some beautiful roses from most of you on here, that is something I thoroughly enjoy. Hope to see more in the future.

    Bookmark   November 17, 2013 at 12:24PM
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Kippy(SoCal zone 10. Sunset Zone 24)


Are you going to add to the bed for next season? Looks like that could be a fun start to a formal garden

    Bookmark   November 17, 2013 at 12:36PM
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seil zone 6b MI

Wonderful job, Sara! Not only is the bed lovely but the roses are beautiful and look so very happy and healthy!

    Bookmark   November 17, 2013 at 1:49PM
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Sara-Ann what a lovely rose garden! It is just beautiful and your roses are so healthy. Thanks for sharing them! Lesley

    Bookmark   November 17, 2013 at 2:56PM
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hoovb zone 9 sunset 23

Beautifully done and cared for. Bravo!

    Bookmark   November 17, 2013 at 6:19PM
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So pretty!

    Bookmark   November 17, 2013 at 6:41PM
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canadian_rose(zone 3a)

I love what you've done!!!! Stunning!!
You DO have a knack for design - it shows in what you've done.

    Bookmark   November 17, 2013 at 6:55PM
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Thanks so much everyone for the kind words and the encouragement, I appreciate it. You've got the wheels turning in my head, you are all enablers, but in a good way!

    Bookmark   November 17, 2013 at 9:45PM
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A square rectangle of rose beds with brick paths and a sculpture in the center might be pretty too. You have so much room and the roses are doing so well. I'd keep going.

    Bookmark   November 18, 2013 at 12:23PM
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nanadollZ7 SWIdaho(Zone 7 Boise SW Idaho)

Your luscious roses obviously love the Oklahoma sun and the good care you give them. I second kitty's suggestion above--a rectangle with central sculpture or fountain would be spectacular. I wish I had the space to do something like that. Diane

    Bookmark   November 18, 2013 at 2:33PM
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Thanks again Kitty and Diane, it sounds lovely, I'm trying to picture all this in my mind. I've always wanted suggestions on the layout of my roses, I really do appreciate this..

    Bookmark   November 19, 2013 at 5:50AM
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What a lovely bed! So neat and the roses so gorgeous, so green and healthy too! I'm green with jealousy, my young plants grew well this year but were attacked by thrip and cucumber beetles, I'll have to work harder to fend those off next year.

I have a question though, about the spacing of the plants. All info I have found online says keep HT's 2-3 feet apart, others even further apart, mainly to prevent the spread of disease. But Sara-Ann's roses seem to be planted very closely, will there be enough room for them to grow into? Or are you going to control the sizes by pruning? Or are these all very disease-resistant so you don't worry about diseases spreading?

Folks, what spacing do you use in your rose garden/bed?

I plan to do minimal pruning and just let the plants grow to their content, so the way I did it was first give each plant the estimated space that they will occupy when in maturity, then I added 2 feet, that's where the next rose's perimeter would start. For instance, Generosity is supposed to grow to 4' wide, half of that is 2'; Cherry Parfait is supposed to grow to 3' wide, half of that is 1.5'. So the planting holes are 2'+1.5'+2'(spacing)=5.5' apart. Did I do it right or was the spacing too wide?

    Bookmark   November 27, 2013 at 11:34PM
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Rosybunny - Thank you for your honesty. There are two rows and in each row the roses are planted about 4 feet apart, but the rows are too close together, I know that, realized it as soon as I did it, but I wasn't going to do it over, very poor planning on my part. I'm going to have to live with it for right now and maybe control it some with pruning. I think you probably have planned much better than I did and you live in Zone 8, so your roses will probably grow fast. I am going to try to plan better in the future.

    Bookmark   November 28, 2013 at 7:24AM
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harryshoe zone6 eastern Pennsylvania

Beautiful. The formal rose bed is still a wonderful option for HT's. Your bed looks great and provides easy access to your plants. Not to mention plenty of light and air.

Spacing is less important when the plants are in a row with no root competition from the sides. The wide brick border provides free space for their roots.

Nice job.

    Bookmark   November 28, 2013 at 11:27AM
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dublinbay z6 (KS)

I second Harry's remarks. : )

Rosybunny, about spacing, I think it partly depends on whether you plan to mix in some other plantings with the roses or whether you want it to be all roses and nothing else. If you want just roses, I might be inclined to stick a mini rose in-between the hts--since there is lots of space open between them. There are some lovely minis out there. There's certainly nothing wrong with the spacing you used, but for future reference, you don't need that extra 2 ft between the roses--maybe just 6 inches or so--unless, as I said above, you want to insert something, presumably smaller, in between them. It really just depends on what look you are striving for.


    Bookmark   November 28, 2013 at 11:50AM
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kentucky_rose zone 6

Beautiful and so healthy looking!

    Bookmark   November 28, 2013 at 7:39PM
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Oh Kate, what a relief to hear form you that I didn't plant them too closely! Even better, they don't actually need that much spacing, which really will be convenient when I plant out the rest next spring!

The bed where I planted the roses is rather small, narrow and one end doesn't receive much sun, and I was trying to provide this wide spacing which makes the task rather screwy. My husband (a vet farmer but not particularly experienced with roses) kept telling me they didn't need to be That far apart but I wouldn't trust him. Now that I got your word, I plan on putting some annuals in between, such as marigolds in the hope of fending off the pests a bit.

Again Sara-Ann, I do adore your bed and roses, I'm glad you showed us. Best luck and have fun. :)

    Bookmark   November 29, 2013 at 7:37PM
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Rosybunny - Thank you and I wish you the same.

    Bookmark   November 29, 2013 at 8:09PM
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