The Shed Garden, Before

Pear Tree Canopy

One of the things I’ve promised myself at my new house is a rose garden. And by that, I don’t mean neat rows of hybrid teas. I mean a romantic, lush, dripping-with-blooms-of-all-kinds garden. You know: roses, perennials, the whole smash. This is the place I want to put it, and what it looked like when we bought the house. It looks about the same now, just darker because it’s winter.

Shed From Under Pear Tree

This part of the yard has great southern exposure, so I think the roses will do well.

Rest of Yard From Under Pear Tree

On the whole, it’s a pretty blank slate.

Garden Shed

The house came with this shed, which I’m hoping to convert to some kind of fair-weather getaway, since all my garden tools are in the vegetable garden anyway.

Path From Yard

And of course there must be arbors and secret pathways and all of that.

I’ve been working on a plan, so I’ll share that soon. But meanwhile, I’m daydreaming about roses! Climbing ones, English ones, fragrant ones… I’m looking for romantic colors and an unfussy nature. Any favorites?

~Angela :-)

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  1. Sylvia (England) says:

    Angela, I am going to enjoy reading this story with you. While we all have lots of favouite roses I think performance (disease resistance) varies from region to region. So I suggest you choice what grows well locally and then add a few extras from your worldwide reading. Niels at has some good ideas and tips, he hasn’t posted very often recently so do dig into his achieves. My favouite is rosa banksiae lutea – it is a climber, thornless, scentless and should only flower once a year. But mine usually has a few flowers in Autumn and this year still has some though they are frosted! Which doesn’t explain why I like it so much, I just do.
    Good luck with your rose garden. Sylvia (England)

  2. Helen/patientgardener says:

    I think roses look better when they are mixed with perennials – I like the old English types. I dont have any David Austin roses but I have heard that they can be a problem with the flowers being too heavy and causing the stems to bend over.

  3. Hi Angela!
    I´m sure it will be a fantastic romantic rosegarden! I mix perennials with all kind of oldfashioned roses and it´s lovely!
    Hugs Annie

  4. I have so many favorites! I love:
    New Dawn- climber
    Abraham Darby- David Austin
    Madam Isaac Pereire- antique
    Frederick Mistral- Romantica Rose
    Those are four of my all time favorites. But I have so many more. I want to know what your must haves are!

  5. Two words, Angela. ‘Belinda’s Dream.’

  6. David Austin English rose “Heritage” has been very hardy and strong growing for me and I love the cupped, pale pink flowers. When in bloom, it perfumes the whole garden. I did a post on roses back in June, and there is a picture of it there, if you care to view it.

  7. Which zone are you in? I am in zone 4 (Minnesota) so I have Knockout Roses which are pretty carefree. I also have the newly developed roses from Bailey Nursery in conjunction with the University of Minnesota. They also are a shrub rose and they are called Ole, Sven & Lena. This is just the first year for them in my garden – I received them as a Mother’s Day gift :) so I will have to let you know how they faired over the winter. It will be fun to see how your garden grows. ~ Robyn

  8. I love the David Austin English roses, and used to grow them when I had a little cottage garden in the city. Unfortunately, where we are now, there are too many Japanese beetles, and they are pretty bad on roses, so I don’t have a single rose in my entire garden.
    Good luck with your rose garden. Just do a bit at a time, to keep it manageable.
    Cheers, Yvonne

  9. In Oregon you ought to have no problem with roses :) At least w/Japenese beetles and freeze problems.
    David Austin rose I like is “the “Mary” rose. (pink)
    Climber Alchemyst is old fashioned and apricot.
    Loved “Margaret Merrill” but lost it. Same with French Lace and Angel Face, both floribundas, but I recommend them for someone in a zone 6 or higher.
    I grow only super hardy roses now, although I love many roses and have tried many. My country garden is just too harsh for them- the city garden did better (enclosed and warmer, no wind!)
    One thing about the old types: they can be spreaders, which, if you are used to growing Hybrid Teas, might surprise you.

  10. Rosa x odorata mutabilis – although it is single, it is beautiful and cottagey and flowers throughout the summer. Even the new red shoots are elegant. Great trained against a wall, or plant three together for a weeping effect as they have done at Coton Manor in Northamptonshire

  11. This is so possible and it looks to me that you are off to the right start. I once lived in town and it took me a good 12 years to finally transform my lot into a wonderful cottage setting. You have inspired me to do a few entries about that undertaking in some of my up coming blog entries. At the present day I have been living out in the country working in a new environment and loving it as well. What made me leave all that work…. I needed more space!
    I added you to my ‘Gardens I like to visit’ on my blog so I can refer back to your work. THANK YOU for sharing.
    From my extremely cold garden in the Midwest!

  12. Oh, goodness, I did a post on this awhile back. I think it was last month. Zephirine Droughin is my all time favorite for dripping lusciousness. I also like Cl. Old Blush for early bloom, Cl. Pinkie for a cute climber, Don Juan and Altissimo for red climbers. The list goes on and on. Maybe I’ll do a favorites post in a few days. Great idea Angela.~~Dee

  13. CarolinOregon says:

    As to really productive, tough roses, my great rose triumph in a difficult cold windy spot was a pair of inexpensive “Gold Medal” roses, it’s a floribunda and it is rarely out of bloom. Beautiful every day, low to medium height, glossy deep green leaves, and vast quantities of sweet golden blossoms that open with pink-orange edges then fade slowly to cream. By far my best selection. First to bloom, last to stop blooming, etc!!!

  14. I enjoy progression pictures. I was attracted to your blog because of the age of your house. Ours was built in 1949. It’s a corner lot, so I can’t do the same things you can. Your place is really taking shape!

  15. I love a rose that has great fragrance so I’m very partial to Chrysler Imperial and Mister Lincoln, both of which are red tea roses. I grow them in Eastern Ontario (zone 4-5) so I have to protect them in the winter, but they are well worth the effort. For a no-fuss rose, the Explorer series is great.

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