Some of you may remember when I dug one of the foundations bed in winter.
Originally just grass and a scruffy half-dead miniature rose that was completely trampled during the building works, it went from this:
To this in July – a garden of cuttings, plant plugs and bare-rooted plants (and hope!):
And now five months later, it is really starting to take shape:
Obviously there is a lot more growing to go, but the climbing iceberg rose in the corner has been the star performer. Given that the wall is North-facing and receives all day sun, the salvias have also done really well:
Trying to ignore the annual diascias (granted, this is difficult but I haven’t the heart to rip them out), I really like the combination of blue-ish pinks and mauves against the blue-grey wall:
The mauve Osteospermums are temporary – they live but a few years, but they more than adequately compensate by being in flower for 90% of the year.
The Achillea and Salvias at the front of the bed will provide a nice contrast floral and foliage to each other: at the moment they are not much to look at because the plants are still so small, but fingers crossed by next summer I will get the tubular flowers and spikes of the salvia floating above the ferny yarrow…..
Again, like so much in my garden, the Achillea ‘Summer Pastels’ was a lucky dip purchase – i.e. mixed, so this combination was another happy coincidence. I could just as easily ended up with orange or terracotta and then, dear reader, there would have been no photos at all (!)
However, the real stand out lesson in this bed for me (apart from the fluroscent dianthus), are the two climbing iceberg roses. One was put in as a bare-rooted plant in mid-winter and the other as a pot grown plant in late winter.
The rose in the corner was put in as a $12.95 bare-rooted plant: you can see how small it was in the second photo. It has grown 6′ in five months.
Even though I wanted two of these, the supplier only had one left. Because I was impatient to get at least one bed planted up – especially at the front of the house, and against my better judgement, I bought a pot-grown specimen for $23.95 and has done almost nothing (it is the rose to the left of the third photo).
I guess I should have been patient and waited until this winter to get another bare-rooted rose, they really are the best way to establish roses. Even though still small, at least the flowers are lovely:
Happy Gardening 🙂