Diversion From the Holidays: My New Rose Garden

serendipity roses

Serendipity roses

Although it was hard to leave my rose garden behind when we moved, I am enjoying the opportunity to create a new one from scratch. At our old house, I added to the original collection of bushes over the years; it was a jumbled mix of lots of different types and colors.

For my new garden, I thought of all my favorite rose gardens I’ve seen over the years. For me, the prettiest ones have the same types/colors lumped together. It’s kind of like color-blocking, from runway to roses! In the past I’ve always gravitated towards the light pink, light peach and orange blooms, so I built the garden around those hues, using different shapes and bud styles.

I decided to get moving on the garden rather than wait for the bare root varieties that become available later in the season. My reasoning is two-fold: I’m not a patient person (and thankfully living in a warm climate makes it even possible) and I wanted to physically see the colors– bloom colors represented in photos can vary wildly from the real thing.

These are what made the final cut:

David Austin rose

Gentle Hermione

Gentle Hermione: A nod to our life surrounded by J.K. Rowling’s novels—with my passionate Harry Potter girls, how could I not? The best part is that it is a beautiful and hardy David Austin rose with a large head full of petals and a great repeater of blooms.

Serendipity: These were on my must-have list because of their beautiful apricot color. Serendipity is a Griffith Buck rose. Mr. Buck was a passionate plant breeder from Iowa (I love those corn huskers!) that specialized in breeding roses. A strong Midwestern sensibility shows in their strong petals.

David Austin


Shepherdess: This pale peachy beauty is another David Austin rose. It’s elegant, wonderful and carries a lovely lemon fragrance. It’s also hardy and a good repeater.

Floribunda rose

Gruss an Aachen

Gruss an Aachen: This floribunda rose has an abundance of clustered buds. The German mouthful (no comment, Luke) is believed to be the first rose in the floribunda class.  Even though I usually favor single-caned garden roses, I like to have some floribunda in the garden because they make it easy to put together large rose arrangements.



Gingersnap: This is another floribunda that is a bold, peachy orange. It’s easy to grow and brings a fun pop of (snappy) color to mix with the other blooms.

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6 thoughts on “Diversion From the Holidays: My New Rose Garden”

Please tell me you will put Golden Celebration back in. There are so many new and amazing Austins. I wish we had discussed this over coffee but I know you did your homework. I can’t wait to see it in spring! I’m with you on planting from containers. Otto and Sons here I come.
xo Eileen


Do you ever do hybrid teas? If so you must try Just Joey. It is the most beautiful peach color and smells incredible. I also like Medallion but it grows pretty tall. I only have peach roses coming up my driveway . Have an iceberg rose garden on another side in a quadrant of boxwood.

I moved here from Houston four years ago and like you am passionate about gardening and house. Love your blog.

I’m sure you are not finished planting roses, it can never end, so many choices in California. I can’t grow tea or floribunda but have awesome reblooming shrub rose and cold hardy climbers. But I miss the long stem roses! Keep us informed of your plantings, we love it!!

I have just become a rose fan! I don’t grow too many, a few Knockouts, as they do not require chemical spraying and they LOVE our Midwest heat and humidity. I have an antique rose called Theresa Buenett’, (not sure of the spelling there), that when in bloom will scent the whole yard. And a rose that came with our property that is deep red with a spice aroma that does not need any type of care.
The David Austen roses are stunning but I have never tried them because of the spray issue. Maybe this year, if they will tolerate my neglect. Perhaps you could give us some recipes that use organic rose petals? Love your ideas!

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