I’m so excited for our rose garden! We finally got around to redoing part of our backyard and put in some roses to give it some color. It took quite a bit of work because we had to take out a bunch of overgrown cedars. They were huge and lush, and it really pained me to get rid of those cedars. Cedars grow from their most outer facing branches, so you can’t really trim them because they don’t fill back in to look lush again. Since they were overgrown and also covering the window of our guest bedroom, the only option was to dig them up and start again. We opted to put in rose bushes instead of more cedars, and I’m so excited add them to our yard!
Most of our landscape is xeriscaped, which means there’s a lot of water-smart plants and trees. The Okanagan is has a desert-like climate in the summer, and it can get up to 100F/40C. We don’t have grass. It’s all super-low maintenance, but there were some cedars that got away from us. I’ll have to look back to find photos of how big they got, but here’s a picture of the space that was left behind when we ripped them out.
To fill the space, we got a series of colorful roses. Cherry Parfait, Love At First Sight, White Meidiland, and Joseph’s Coat roses. The Cherry Parfait and Love At First Sight are to grow into full bushes. The White Meidiland are groundcover roses to go under the window, and Joseph’s Coat is a climbing variety that will grow onto our metal garden arch.
Here’s some more information about each type of rose we got! They all bloom from spring to fall, lightly fragranced, with double blooms.
Cherry Parfait Rose
We loved the color of these roses and thought it would make for a really nice bush.
Clustering hybrid tea rose with 4″ blooms of 35-40 petals. Features a unique color combination, white blooms with dark pink picotee edges.source
Love at First Sight Hybrid Tea Rose
We wanted something bushy, but compact since it will grow close to the bedroom window.
This is the hybrid tea for smaller gardens and patio planters. While most reach about 5–6′ tall, this one stops at about 3′ tall. The flower form follows a growing trend in modern European rose gardens—the ball–shaped bud opens into a less–pointed bloom than the typical high–centered hybrid tea bloom. It’s a little more rounded, and the extra curve is striking. This style is still very new in American gardens. Subtle bicoloring—red on the front of each petal that pales on the reverse—further enhances the rare shape.Source
White Meidiland Rose
We needed something low since these roses will grow under a window. Originally, we were planning on getting regular sized rose bushes but were advised otherwise.
A dwarf, spreading shrub rose which produces abundant clusters of very full, double, pure white flowers, up to 3 in. across (8 cm), packed with up to 70 petals. The blossoms have no fragrance and stand out against the lush and beautiful foliage of glossy, dark green leaves. Blooming continuously from late spring until frost, this ground hugging flowering shrub is ideal for banks and rocky areas. Vigorous, hardy, shade tolerant and easy-to-grow, it is also very disease resistant. An exceptional choice as a ground cover or low flowering hedge.Source
Joseph’s Coat Rose
My favorite! I am the most excited about these roses. They have the most gorgeous range of colors, and it’s a climber. We have a metal arch in our yard that is going to be perfect for these roses!
A kaleidoscope of colors, Rosa ‘Joseph’s Coat’ is an eye-catching climbing rose with clusters of large, 4 in. across (10 cm), full flowers (26-40 petals), changing from yellow to scarlet back to orange and carmine. Moderately fragrant, they bloom in flushes from late spring to fall. This tall climber enjoys a stiff, upright growth with quite thorny stems and lustrous, apple green leaves.source