My Two Favorite Roses
My two favorite roses are blooming right now. ‘Cassie’ and ‘Sally Holmes’ are both shrub roses with fragrant white flowers. In our garden, they both keep their foliage disease free without sprays of any kind.
‘Cassie’ has small, semi-double flowers.
The flowers may be petite, but they are borne in great throngs, and ‘Cassie’ keeps pumping them out through almost the whole summer. At the same time, this is a very compact rose, growing no more than about 4′.
I’ve also noticed that ‘Cassie’s’ flowers attract lots of tiny pollinators.
While ‘Cassie’ is a bit of a pixie, ‘Sally Holmes’ is luscious. She also tolerates some shade.
I feel like I finally got the pruning right for this rose. Before this year it always seemed a bit misshapen.
The new birdhouse is a nice touch, don’t you think?
Planting ‘Sally Holmes near the big old Deutzia (Deutzia crenata ‘Plena’ – I think) also turns out to have been a good call.
The Deutzia’s frilly double flowers nicely complement the simple blooms of ‘Sally Holmes’.
I’m really not much of a rosarian, so when I say that these two roses are my favorites I really don’t have much basis for comparison. There are just two more roses in our garden: the rambler ‘Darlow’s Enigma’, and the wild Illinois Rose (Rosa setigera). Neither are in bloom at the moment.
Even so, while I may not know much about roses, I do know what I like.