REDESIGNING A TOWNHOUSE ROSE GARDEN


  

Do you live in a townhouse?  Where do you grow your roses?  Some says in pots but I rather grow them in the ground and the roses like it better. 

We bought our townhouse in 2004 and during construction, I requested roses to be planted in my yard.  They did and when it first bloomed, I found out that they were all Blushing Knock Out Roses.  At that time, we were still living in New York and we used the townhouse down south as a vacation home.  We came down four times a year and only spent two weeks at a time so I did not care how my roses looked like.

A year ago, we moved south permanently.  I noticed that they were not maintaining the roses as I would like them to do.  The Blushing Knock Out Roses looked terrible.  Knock Out Roses are the easy maintenance roses but they never pruned them and I didn’t think they were even fertilized so I decided to redesign the front yard.  I always had a rose garden and the fact that I live in a townhouse won’t deter me from having a rose garden.  The Homeowners Association was supposed to do all the outside work but since they were not doing it, I plan to do mine.  I’m embarrassed of the way the front yard looks.  After all, I’m a Master Rosarian and my roses do not show it.  Basically, I didn’t change the layout.  I just changed the plants.  I dug out all the Blushing Knock Out Roses and some terrible-looking shrubs.

 
I ordered some roses and planted Memphis Music, Scentimental, Fourth of July, Cramoisi Superieur, Nicole, Jubilee Celebration, The Alnwick Rose and Bow Bells.  I edged the bed with white alyssum and it looks fabulous.  Then I talked to my neighbor and see if I can plant roses on their side of the property.  They said yes.  I planted Nicole across my Nicole on the other side of the walkway.  Since I ran out of potting soil, I’ll finish planting this week.  I have another Scentimental and a Louis Philippe for the neighbor’s front yard.  I looked out my terrace and I saw two spots where I can put two Blush Noisettes on the other neighbor’s yard.  I can’t wait to see them blooming in May. 

Roses are easy plants to grow contrary to popular belief. Why do you think Roses have been around for millions of years?  All they need are food, water and sunlight.  Just like you and me. 

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