I've designed an old fashioned rose garden plan for you that incorporates a full color range and uses mostly David Austin Roses, with a Floribunda, a Rugosa and a Romantica rose thrown in for that antique look without a lot of effort!
This plan is for a corner, 44' x 34', one that could be in an area of your yard next to the house or in the far corner of the yard acting as a "Rose Garden Getaway". Just as long as the area gets at least a half day of sun, the more the better!
This rose garden plan has everything you need to create a beautiful corner in your yard, front or back. Accompanying them are some perennials that complete the antique rose garden look & feel. They also serve as a transition between the roses and whatever is in front of this bed, whether it is paving of some sort or grass.
The rose varieties I have chosen for this garden are not only beautiful, they will give you a colorful show that will last throughout the growing season along with wonderful old rose fragrance.
This is drawn in 1/8" scale meaning 1/8"=1 foot on the plan. To make it easier on you, go to your local office supply store and buy a 'scale' which when on the 1/8" scale side will tell you the exact measurements.
What you want to try to do is choose Rose varieties that are taller for the back of the bed, then transition or stair step the plants down to the shorter ones being in the front.
You may choose the perennials as well. You may make this a color specific rose garden as well by using a limited color palette. By this I mean use only cool colors such as pinks, purples, blues, whites, lavender, etc.
This has a very pleasing effect to the eyes. Or you could do hot colors, even all one color like whites or pinks. Whatever colors you choose, your end result will be a beautiful rose garden you will enjoy for many, many years as the plants get better with time as they get established in the garden.
I have chosen mostly David Austin Roses for this rose garden plan because they have an old fashioned rose appearance, most have an intoxicating fragrance, and the plants are handsome in bloom or out. I have been extremely pleased with mine and I recommend them highly.
They have a catalog you can order for free and it has many beautiful pictures with cultural requirements for each variety. I have made it very convenient for you to order one for free, just click on this link and it will take to the ordering page.
I have also chosen a Romantica rose, "Yves Piaget", which is one of my all time favorites. This rose looks more like a peony with a full cup of ruffled petals and a rich pink color.
Also included are Floribunda and Rugosa rose varieties. All are easy to grow and flower consistently throughout the season.
I've mentioned earlier about bare root season being the best time to pick your roses, I like to order some mail order catalogs in the fall and spend time going over them as I plan my garden.
Mail order offers an infinite selection to choose from, anything from very old, rare roses to the newest David Austins, an almost unlimited rose selection is at your fingertips.
Your local garden center will usually have a good selection also, and you will be able to inspect the bushes before you purchase them. Look for plump, healthy canes, not ones that are shriveled or brown. You should also avoid any that have started to sprout leaves.
Either way, you do not have to plant these plants right away,
just make sure to put them in your garage or basement or any dark, cool
place until you are ready to plant them in your garden. Don't wait too long!
If you are new to rose growing or feel you need some advise with this rose garden plan, you can never have too many good books on the subject.
One or more good books on
rose growing are an invaluable resource. Also if you ordered the David Austin Rose catalog from the link above, they have some great information for you as well.
If you would like more information on roses and rose gardening, you can consult your local rose society, or visit a local public rose garden. The internet is probably the best place to start looking.
I hope you enjoy this old fashioned rose garden plan, whether you use it as is or change it more to your liking. Be sure to check out the other rose garden plan as well, it is for a larger space.
Even if you don't plant one of the gardens, you can learn about a few rose varieties you didn't know about before and maybe just add one or two to your garden.
Take advantage of the mail order catalogs also, they are a great way to familiarize yourself with some of the roses out there and purchase some truly unique and rare plants.
It's wonderful to be able to support these growers and their efforts to keep these rare, old and sometimes forgotten rose varieties from becoming extinct, in some cases these old plants have quite a history.
It is fun to tell your guests that the very rose variety that
is in your garden was in Marie Antoinette's garden! If you would like some antique roses in your garden, they are worth researching, Do a Google search and you will be amazed at what you find.
Anyway, just have fun and enjoy planning your new rose garden!