|'Princess Alexandra of Kent'|
Roses have a good reputation for drought tolerance but look their best with a regular watering schedule. The roses in our garden have started blooming again after a brief hiatus in July.
For the most part, I am pleased with the ones we have, especially the David Austin English roses. The newest addition, 'Princess Alexandra of Kent' (pictured above), is off to a good start. This is one I have wanted since seeing it at the Portland Rose Garden.
Other David Austin roses in the garden -
|'The Lady of Shallot' - the first rose I planted in this garden. It is a big one at almost 6 ft. high and wide and that is with pruning.|
|'Golden Celebration' is doing much better since I moved it to a spot where it would have more room to spread. I have been a little disappointed with it as the color is not as deep and spectacular as I expected. I have hopes that it will improve.|
|'Phyllis Bide', a rambler growing on the moon arch, was one that I debated about for months. So far, I have no complaints and it seems to be getting better and better.|
|'Cornelia', a hybrid musk rose that I am growing on an archway. |
|'Coral Cove' is a shrub rose from the Easy Elegance series. We sell these at the nursery where I work and I loved the color of this one. I have been really impressed with the second flush of bloom and the leaves also look healthy.|
|'Double Delight', still one of our favorite hybrid tea roses. It has looked a bit rough on many occasions and looks best if old growth is constantly removed.|
Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy