Sidewalk gardens: climbing roses on a low wall

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This sidewalk garden had climbing roses underplanted with low shrubs, evenly set along its entire length. The great thing about doing something other than a hybrid tea is you get a plant that looks great even after you’ve cut flowers or deadheaded. Here they’ve used mixed pittosporums – this is a shady street with lots of very large old trees. If you had more sun, you could do low growers like helichrysum, santolina, australian fuschia… anything where the foliage, not the flowers, is the star.

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3 thoughts on “Sidewalk gardens: climbing roses on a low wall

    • Technically they stay green, but some varieties get a lot of spots and mildew once the rainy season starts and need a lot of leaves removed. I grow mostly floribundas and one grandiflora, so they hold up pretty well until they get pruned in January.

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