Hassle-free rose gardens – Lowvelder

Hassle-free rose gardens – Lowvelder

Formal elegance

Clipped hedges and immaculate lawns give this formal, terraced garden a classical elegance, with massed plantings of roses providing the only colour. The upper terrace features pinkish-red  ‘Knockout’ roses, bordered by clipped hedges, with apricot-pink ‘Deloitte and Touche’ Colourscape roses one level down.

‘My clients love roses, but they don’t want the hassle, so I go the for toughest roses that I can find, that don’t need spraying for disease and or pests’, says Helét.

  • ‘Deloitte and Touche’ is an upright growing groundcover rose that grows into a dense shrublet, that will fill the space as a low, flowering hedge.
  • ‘Knockout’ is a floribunda rose that spreads out at hip-height and is extremely tough. It flowers continuously, with clusters of deep pink to red five-petalled blooms, that attract bees.

Good to know: Monthly feeding and regular weekly watering keeps these roses healthy. Grouping the roses together means that the automatic irrigation can be zoned to meet their specific watering requirements.

Feast for the senses

Imagine cooling off in this splash pool while inhaling the scent of roses? Once again, Helét’s favourite rose, ‘Deloitte and Touche’ fills the raised planters, and, in time will tumble down over the edges to soften the rustic brick wall. As a companion rose, ‘My Granny’ fills the container and cascades over the edge, mingling with the ‘Deloitte and Touche’ blooms below. Between the two, is a bed of Salvia ‘Beautiful Blue’ .

‘My Granny’ is a spreading shrub that is always covered with lush green leaves and pink blooms in an old-fashioned rosette shape. The clusters of blooms cause the stems to cascade, making it a perfect rose for containers, raised planters and even hanging baskets.

Happy companions; grasses and roses

To complement the ultra-modern architecture of today’s homes, Helét combines ‘Knockout’ roses and swathes of ornamental grasses. The ‘whimsical ‘ result is a modern garden full of texture and colour, that’s a departure from the traditional rose garden.

Because roses don’t like competing with other plants for water, sun and nutrition, both grasses and roses are given enough space to grow, and the grasses are trimmed so that they don’t over grow the roses.

Get the look: bushy Floribunda roses, which produce more blooms than the traditional hybrid tea roses, are ideal for this natural, airy look. Other roses that will fit the bill are ‘Not Simply Pink,’ ‘Afrikaans’ (bright orange), ‘Forever Delight ‘(a floribunda version of Double Delight’) ‘Leeudoorn’ (bright yellow), ‘Tawny Profusion’ (buff yellow) and ‘South Africa’ (gold yellow).

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Romantically rosy

Containers planted with “The Fairy’ rose act as focal points, surrounded by mixed plantings of euphorbia ‘Breathless,’ gaura (butterfly bush), erigeron (white daisy groundcover) and Hebe in this soft, romantic garden.

No poisons are used in the gardens, which means that the roses must also be strong growers to withstand pests and diseases. Helét supplies each client with a ‘feeding calendar,’ detailing …….

Source: https://lowvelder.co.za/765282/hassle-free-rose-gardens/

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