My dear friend and fellow gardener says she chooses roses mentioned in the garden writings of Vita Sackville-West. Instead of these well-bred flowers, I am enjoying some new varieties, that despite their annoying trademarked names, have big, beautiful blooms and excellent fragrance.
The two beauties pictured above and below sound like they belong in a paperback of Gardening for Dummies: 'Easy Does It' and 'Livin' Easy.'
Ug! These names were so embarassingly stupid to me that I avoided them until I saw the actual plants in full glory in another dear friend's garden.
I adore flowers in a color that I believe is more elusive than blue — apricot, peach or salmon. Needless to say, I immediately fell for these gorgeous roses, which bloomed quite well though just planted in my garden last spring.
They were named to sell, or more acurately re-named — their original cultivar names: 'HARpageant' and 'Harwelcome' are uninspiring to say the least. But they live up to the hype — they require little care and they bloom their heads off.
Perhaps even more trashy is this obnoxious hot pink (but fragrant!) rose I inherited from a previous gardener — very likely my landlord's mother. Much like the Barbie pink rose I allowed in my Brooklyn garden, it needs little care. I let it flourish as I am sentimental about the idea that someone gardened here before me, even if her choices weren't always ones I would make.