Great Companion Plants for a Cottage Garden: Roses

This post about companion plants for roses (especially shrub roses) is the third in my series on companion plants.

Roses with perennials including Erigeron and Knautia
Roses with perennials including Erigeron and Knautia

Companion plants bring out the best characteristics of other plants and help to make up for any weaknesses. They mingle in, around, above or below other plants. Good neighbours, they will not compete too aggressively for food, water or space. Continue reading “Great Companion Plants for a Cottage Garden: Roses”

Gallery of White Roses

White roses

“There is something quite special about white roses… they are all purity and light.” – David Austin

I’m sharing pictures of white shrub roses and rambling roses in eager anticipation of the peak flowering season for roses which is a couple of weeks or so away in my part of the world. As my sweetheart would say, bring it on! Meanwhile, I’ll let the roses do their own talking.

Rosa 'Desdemona'
Rosa ‘Desdemona’

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Antique Rose Emporium in Brenham, Texas, and Memories of Roses

Romantic tumble of roses at the Antique Rose Emporium

A free-to-visit garden is not to be sniffed at – but then again, some of them are. Few visitors to a rose garden can resist leaning in to inhale the fragrance. We seem hard-wired to think ‘scent’ the moment after we think ‘rose’.

Shakespeare’s ‘A rose by any other name would smell as sweet’ can’t take all the credit. Scent associations trap memories like flies in amber in a lifetime’s layering of impressions. Continue reading “Antique Rose Emporium in Brenham, Texas, and Memories of Roses”

Rosa ‘Queen of Denmark’ | Pink Alba Rose

Rosa Queen of Denmark | Pink Alba Rose with long sepals
This old rose has full, flat, quartered blooms

I’m aware that rose cultivars achieve something approaching immortality when small parts of the plant are passed from person to person down the generations, but it still seems amazing to think that Rosa ‘Queen Of Denmark’ has been around since 1816.

Its bicentenary came and went with less fanfare than that accorded a human queen, but the important thing is that people are quietly growing it around the world. You may know it as Rosa ‘Königin von Dänemark’. Continue reading “Rosa ‘Queen of Denmark’ | Pink Alba Rose”