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Designing a Hillside Rose Garden Part 1

Designing a rose garden is a detailed and delightful process. This is the first of a two-part post documenting the many phases of one special project located on a hilltop in Lafayette, CA.

Multi-color-roses

My client wanted all colors of roses in a new garden

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that would be situated on a slight incline with a full, ideal-for-roses, eastern exposure.

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Since my garden was in full bloom at the time, its roses inspired a graduated color scheme

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that I presented with the above sketch. My clients loved the design and I was 

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soon planning for and acquiring its many roses, as shown in this working sketch. The original plan called for a center arbor that was nixed in favor of continuous planting.

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The final color scheme became a progression of white, pink, yellow, peach and red between the two stairways, and magenta in the bed to the far right. After three years, my client wanted more color in the white section. So we added a few pink roses in the first tier and both a red and pink rose in the top tier.

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Here's the original rose list 

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and said roses patiently awaiting planting day.

BEFORE AND AFTER

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The original space.


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Instead of replacing the fencing, we camouflaged it with custom trellis work, good for climbing roses. Aren't the moss rock retaining walls magnificent?


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One year later the garden is thriving.

 

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Here's the garden last spring as the roses are just coming into to bloom.

 

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In Part 2 I'll show you the magenta section and some of the companion plants.

 


Blue Garden

Blue is the inspiration for a section of our back garden–

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the blue of Chinese porcelain.

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Here is the area about to be transformed. Yes, we really wanted to hide our neighbor's trailer. That pile of branches, in the foreground, is what's left of a pyracantha hedge that grew in the middle of the yard.

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A vine, grape and rose covered fence hid the neighbor's place within three years.

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The "borrowed landscape'" of background trees simply frame a varied planting.

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In this small area of the garden brickwork defines a birdbath centered parterre, which is bordered by a rose covered bench enclosure. Three vine covered metal arches line an east-west axial path. Isotoma is planted at the base of the birdbath.

 MORE PLANTS

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You can't have a blue garden without a touch of complementary orange. Phyllis Bide rose provides soft tones and

Abutilon

abutilon kicks it up a few notches 

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only making the blue forget-me-nots more saturated.

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Purple clematis also serves to enrich the blues.

 

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Blue color is everlastingly appointed by the Diety to be a source of delight.

John Ruskin

 

 



Rose Place Garden Design

At Rose Place Garden Design

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we love promising you 

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a Rose Garden.

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A rose garden with roses as your garden's enduring and valued shrubs,

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growing in harmony,

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whether the palette is pastel,

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monochromatic

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or a multicolor extravaganza.

We ask clients, "How do you picture your rose garden?"

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Romantic Country

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Private and Personal

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Bold and Dramatic

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Quietly Elegant

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or Formal with an edge?

We'd like to know your garden's purpose. 

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Do you need curb appeal,

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privacy,

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a patio garden?

Butterfly
Do you want to attract butterflies

Bee-in-roseand bees?

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Do you want cut flowers?

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And what about companion plants?

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Horticulture bows to roses in great abundance.

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Contrast

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Variety

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Texture

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Drama

Years of experince trying to acheive an exuberant association with plant companions to roses has led to a sure knowledge of what works and what doesn't. And we are always looking for new and more creative approaches.

 

ROSE STRUCTURES

Since roses long to reach their growth potential and provide gardens with showstopping focal points, we've designed structures to help.

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Enclosures

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Fencing

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Arbors

Some ask, "Do you design gardens without roses?"

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Of coarse,

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and with pleasure.

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The aim of Rose Place Garden Design is to harmonize a client's garden and design needs with dependable, long lasting and gorgeous plants. We especially enjoy structuring a garden with roses. They are underrated when it comes to good garden shrubs. Companion planting is our specialty and these include deer and drought tolerant plants.

One client might want to redo a small condo courtyard; another requires a full-scale garden plan for a new home; and yet another simply needs her garden beds updated for a special event. Then there are those who dream of rose gardens– classic, contemporary, small, medium, or large– there are endless possibilities. We also design gardens for corporate settings.

Rose Place services include

  • Custom Designs
  • Conceptual Planning
  • Working Drawings
  • Planting Plans
  • Plant Scouting and Procurement
  • Horticultural Advice
  • Project Management
  • Design from a Distance*

Garden and plant consultation is available by the hour.

Send us an email with your needs and questions, or give us a call 925 323-7708.

*If you live far away, of course I'll fly to you for a consultation, but if that's not in the budget I've designed wonderful gardens through email, photography, and private client blogposts. Even the sky is not the limit at Rose Place Garden Design.