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Roses in Lil’s Garden – FineGardening


We’re back in Lil Holloway’s Garden in Bedford, Massachusetts, and today the focus is on roses.

I love gardening, but I’m 80 years old now and I know the time will come when I need to slow down. In the meantime, it’s a great exercise and my passion. I especially love my roses!

This is ‘The Impressionist’, a very fragrant rose that was grown by an American grower but is similar to the style of David Austin’s English roses.

light pink rosesThis beautiful rose blooms for a month. It was a very slow starter and I almost pulled it out! I’m glad I didn’t. I lost the tag and can’t seem to identify it. (Editor’s note: It could be ‘Sally Holmes’. Would GPOD readers want their opinions?)

Zephirine Drouhin roseThis pink beauty is ‘Zephirine Drouhin’, a thornless climber. It’s prone to Blackspot at the end of the season, but 2020 was their best season yet.

pink rosesA look at ‘Clair Matin’ and ‘Zephirine Drouhin’ blooming together on the edge of the perennial garden.

Clair Matin RosenThese are my plants from ‘Clair Matin’. There are three bushes and they have been in this place for 24 years. Disease resistant, they only like a light cut in spring. I cut back a way a few years ago. She wasn’t happy and it took three years to get back to her size.

deep pink roseI don’t know the name of this deep pink rose. I bought them from a rose grower in Nashua, New Hampshire about 20 years ago.

different pink rosesThose roses are on the deck. I use knockout roses in the background to hide the floor of the deck. The front is mostly David Austin roses. “Passionate kisses” and “peace” are mixed.

Olivia pinkThis light pink rose is David Austin’s ‘Olivia’. Resistant to diseases and with beautiful foliage, it has become one of my favorites.

(If you want to learn more about growing roses, check out our Roses Are Plants Too series.)

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