First, I would like to say that sadly, David Austin Sr., acclaimed rosarian and founder of David Austin Roses, recently passed away on December 18th, 2018. He was 92 years old and he left behind a huge legacy in the world of roses. He spent much of his life creating an amazing array of romantic, “English Roses,” at a time when the trend was going with the more common, (dare I say boring,) Hybrid Tea Roses that can be found in any big box garden center. He definitely changed the way that many people appreciate and use roses in their gardens. His family will be carrying on with their wonderful roses, but he will be immensely missed.
So, with that being said, if you love growing roses, you’ll know that David Austin Roses are simply the most beautiful and healthiest roses available. Their old world charm, wonderful fragrance and hardiness make them my only choice for the new, rose garden at the Boonville cottage. While it is still too early to plant a majority of the plants in the main garden, I did order a couple of, “Wollerton Old Hall,” climbers this season to grow over the shed. The flowers are a pale apricot that fade to cream and I think that they will look nice next to the “salmon red” walls of the shed.
The rest of the rose garden will probably have to planted next year. There just won’t be enough time to get the lot graded and the hardscape done before the heat of summer sets in. However, I may go ahead and order the roses this spring, pot them up and leave them on my porch, where I can carefully watch and water them. Of course, buying in bulk is the way to go. David Austin offers several collections that are so enticing. I’ve also got a 15% off discount because I’ve ordered from them before. Nice!
Surrounding the rose garden will be hedges. Right now, I’m thinking of using a cultivar of Thuja Arborvitae for my hedge plants. They grow tall and will maintain a lovely, conical shape if left to grow naturally, or they can be clipped into a tall, boxy shape.
I plan to use smaller hedges closer to the cottage, most likely some sort of boxwood cultivar. The backyard will be lawn, rimmed with white Hydrangeas (arborescens Incrediball®) and already established trees.
There’s a lot of hard work ahead. I will have to get some help with the soil preparation and planting. These old bones just can’t take it anymore. Still, it is what keeps me young. Garden on!