Lasagna Rose Garden

Feb. 15, 2011 No Comments Posted under: Projects

There is something magic about a rose garden…it seems to speak of a time gone by where our mothers and grandmothers enjoyed those brambles right outside the back door…where the kitchen table held a fruit jar with the mornings dew- dappled pick, and the fragrance mingled with the fresh ground coffee beans.    Those old shrub roses gave  way to a more classy rose, hybrid and teas and work…due to extreme care.  Tom and I decided time was a factor and we began to explore shrub roses…ones that would give us a long standing bloom cycle and still be showy in nature.

Could we make a Gentle Lasagna Rose Garden…sure, why not.  Only this time, after the wet newspaper, we changed the structure a little.  We were not concerned with any tree roots.  After the wet newspaper, we put down the first layer of 3 layers of soil.  Then we layered composted leaves on top, adding more soil and leaves until we had built up the garden area to about 3 feet…knowing that it would settle as the leaves decomposed and the worms did their work.

With a back drop of old fashioned day lilies against the back yard fence, we were now ready to plant our rose garden.  We went to our favorite nursery, Bachman’s, and talked to Mike who directed us to roses that would make a 2-3 foot spread, and with the amount of sun (roses need 5 or more hours of direct sunlight) would bloom all summer.  We were ecstatic! Our new adventure began.  The first rose was Knock Out.  A tough hardy landscape shrub rose that is disease resistant…It produces rich cherry red blooms from early spring until the first hard frost and requires no special care to grow.  We planted this rose at the corner to greet everyone who cames calling.

The fun began…Carefree Delight, rounded,  single everblooming soft pink, lightly sweet fragrance rose  was next.  At maturity this rose would become 2-3 feet in height and spread 3-4 feet wide.  To prevent disease in roses, we knew it was important to allow for air circulation and root growth.  We carefully measured out the plot and  plopped these little ones into the fresh new garden.  It looked bare and the temptation to get more to fill in the space was hard to resist.  Over time, however, we have added more roses, and move several out to add to our other gardens…we find roses are a valuable asset to all gardens, they can be a delightful surprise when finding  them nestled among other shrubs and perennials.  Try it, you’ll like it.

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