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Vicki Green's Garden

Vicki Green's garden is one of the neatest and most immaculate gardens I've seen and it is a showcase for beautifully grown plants as well as art objects (she is a glass artist). The property was once wall-to-wall grass and now just a central portion is devoted to the green. A long pathway leads you around the perimeter of the garden adorned with lush plantings. Vicki is a master at pruning and her technique reminds me of the way Michael does it. She has trained many of her "shrubs" into small trees, such at the waxleaf privet and elderberry. A Wax Leaf Privet ( Ligustrum japonicum ) trained into an attractive small tree. I was taken aback by the size of the plants, some of which I grow, and my mind was racing. Driving up, I was immediately wowed by her 'Golden Spirit' Smoke Bush ( Cotinus coggygria ) although now I do recall seeing a very large on 117th St. However, this one is the most beautiful I've seen -   I also was surprised to see how large her 

Climbing Roses

Climbing Rose 'Dublin Bay' and Clematis 'Jackmanii Superba'
I was just looking at my rose spreadsheet and I counted 50 names. This includes all of them, including a miniature in a pot. Of course, that number is probably incorrect as I am always finding plants that I forgot to put on the inventory list.

A large number of these roses are climbing types. I have always loved climbing roses, spilling over walls and arbors, and intermingling with vines and other plants.

Many of the roses are the same ones I grew in Alabama and some are completely new ones for me. One of these is 'Dublin Bay' which is on the gate/arbor entry in front. This is a modern rose, introduced in 1974, and has 'Altissimo' and 'Bantry Bay' as parentage. I've seen it described as a "climbing floribunda" and it actually grows in the habit of a floribunda before achieving a more vertical status. According to my notes, I planted this on March 4, 2016 so this is its fourth year. It is just now reaching the top of the arch. The roses are a deep, velvety red but it doesn't have a strong fragrance.

'Dublin Bay' with Spanish Lavender

On the other side, just planted last year, is 'Veilchenblau', a rambler rose that I grew in the past and knew that I must have it again. It is a once-bloomer but so beautiful and unique that it is worth pursuing. It is starting to take off with new growth this year and bloomed for the first time.


'Don Juan' is another red velvet rose that is planted along the front fence. It has not been that vigorous and has had several canes that look bad. I am keeping an eye on it. Gorgeous rose though!

'Don Juan'

Another red one - 'Red Eden' - has improved greatly from last year and has been loaded with blooms. 

'Red Eden'

I must say that I have been disappointed with the pink 'Eden' which shares the moon arch with 'Phyllis Bide'. The flowers ball and turn an ugly brown color. Blackspot was rampant on it last year and looks to be a repeat this year. This one may get the heave ho. I've never been happy with the color of the two roses together. Problem is, I'm not sure what color would look good with 'Phyllis'.


On the other side, 'Phyllis Bide' is just spectacular. It also had a repeat performance last year.

'Phyllis Bide'

Perhaps I should have used 'Westerland' as a neighbor to 'Phyllis'. This is one of my favorites. I read that it was one of the best climbing roses for the Pacific Northwest. I am crazy about orange now and this rose is certainly a dazzler.


Another option would have been 'Buff Beauty' which I am growing as a shrub. One of my favorite roses. It has attained gigantic proportions here. It just keeps growing!

'Buff Beauty'

Another out-of-control giant is 'Climbing Iceberg'. It is a great rose but not really the best rose to adhere to a pillar. I should have thought more about this one.

'Climbing Iceberg'

I think 'Cornelia' looks great against the new purple wall -



Some new additions -

'Lamarque', a white noisette -


In my next post, I will show a few photos of the David Austin roses that we have.

Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy


  1. More than 50 roses... and you keep a spread sheet! I'm impressed.
    Both 'Westerlund' and 'Buff Beauty' would complement 'Phyllis Bide'. Gladly I don't have to make that choice. With that wonderful arch you can make your garden a venue for wedding ceremonies and receptions.

  2. 50 roses

    50 roses! omg, I would never remember any names or be able to find places for them. These that you have highlighted are gorgeous. You should have roses all summer blooming. Fun.

  3. A spreadsheet would have been useful back in the day when I had almost 70 roses. I'm down to I think around 25 now and two are on the dig-out list. If my garden were larger I would have more but I needed the space for other plants . I have Eden as well, and yes it is a black-spot rust mess. I don't get the brown blobs unless we have rain at just the right time-this was one of those years. The good news is it's growing up through the middle of a very large variegated Euonymous and I can't see the foliage at all -a good thing. Love that Westerland-if only I had a spot !


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