You would like to change the look of your yard, and as such you want to add your favorite flowers, roses, to the overall look. While roses are very beautiful, they can also be very difficult to grow. Thus, you need some advice on how to incorporate roses into your landscape gardening.
Roses: A Classic Look
Roses have been used for hundreds of years in various examples of landscape gardening. Perhaps you have seen examples of lavish rose gardens in movies or in books. Roses come in many different varieties and many different price ranges, so be sure that you choose the kind that will fit best with your yard and with your budget.
Landscape gardening in itself can be quite a task, especially if you have a large yard. Thus, when starting the landscape gardening process, it is important to take your yard one section at a time, and this is certainly not exception when it comes to using roses.
Roses can be used as decoration or as a form of fence. For example, if you want a fence, then you line your yard with rose bushes. However, if you choose to implement rose bushes in your landscape gardening, there are some care instructions you should know.
The first thing that you should know is in reference to the pruning of the rose bushes. Rose bushes tend to grow rather quickly after the first year, and as such it is important for you to prune them when necessary. However, it is important to note that if you prune the rose bushes too much, they could die. Thus, when deciding how much you want to prune the rose bush, you should enlist the help of a professional landscaper.
Another thing that you need to think about when it comes to incorporating roses into your landscape gardening is your climate. For example, if you live in a perpetually cold climate, you will have to choose a kind of rose that is especially adapted to such weather. There are many websites that sell many different kinds of roses, but at the same time pay attention to the directions they should include as far as the proper care instructions.
If you would like more information on landscape gardening in general, all you have to do is visit your local garden center. There should be a variety of examples available to you that should be helpful in thinking up some beautiful landscape gardening ideas.
A Little Corner of California at RHS Wisley!
These glorious Californian poppies were taken earlier this year at RHS Wisley. If you want to hear the Mamas and the Papas performing their hit, please visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpJSohX92jM&feature=youtu.be
The flagship garden of the RHS, Wisley captures the imagination with richly planted borders, luscious rose gardens and the state-of-the-art Glasshouse. Gifted to the Society in 1903, Wisley has evolved over time into a world-class garden.
In the trials fields, the finest flowers and vegetables are identified from the countless new introductions. Elsewhere in the garden, cultivation techniques are tried and tested, and a series of model gardens answers the needs of a variety of conditions and circumstances.
History of Wisley
The Royal Horticultural Society was given Wisley in 1903, although at that time only a small part of the 24-ha (60-acre) estate was actually cultivated as a garden, the remainder being wooded farmland. The original garden was the creation of George Fergusson Wilson – businessman, scientist, inventor and keen gardener and a former Treasurer of the Society.
In 1878 he purchased the site and established the ‘Oakwood experimental garden’, with the idea of making ‘difficult plants grow successfully’. The garden acquired a reputation for its collections of lilies, gentians, Japanese irises, primulas and water plants. The present Wild Garden at Wisley is the direct descendant of Oakwood and despite changes is still true to the original concept.
After Wilson’s death in 1902, Oakwood and the adjoining Glebe Farm were bought by Sir Thomas Hanbury, a wealthy Quaker who had founded the celebrated garden of La Mortola, on the Italian Riviera. In 1903, Sir Thomas presented the Wisley estate in trust to the Society for its perpetual use.
Nothing could have been more providential in the circumstances. For at least 30 years, the Society had been seeking a larger garden ‘beyond the radius of the London smoke’, to replace the garden at Chiswick which it had leased since 1822. It was also committed to building a new exhibition hall and offices in Vincent Square (and the construction work had already started). Both projects were seen as a fitting way to celebrate the Society’s forthcoming centenary in 1904 but there were heated arguments among the Fellows over which should have priority for the available funds.
Sir Thomas’ generous donation solved both these problems at a stroke. By May 1904, the move from Chiswick to Wisley was complete and, in July, the new headquarters at Vincent Square was officially opened by King Edward VII – both in time to mark the centenary. While Wisley was taking shape as an ornamental garden, its educational and scientific roles were never forgotten. A small laboratory was opened and the School of Horticulture founded to instruct young people in the principles of horticulture and prepare them for careers as professional gardeners.
Following the move to Wisley the trials of flowers, vegetables and fruit – an important part of the Society’s work since 1860 – were resumed and expanded. The trials ‘epitomise…the Society’s endeavour to show to the public the best kinds of plants to grow’ and remain one of the principal objects of the garden. That combination of learning with pleasure is the essence of Wisley.
For more information about RHS Wisley please visit www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/wisley and www.rhs.org.uk/Children/For-families/Plants-to-grow-with-…
By antonychammond on 2006-04-04 01:06:15
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