Hansa Shrub Rose

The ‘Hansa’ is one of the earlier modern hardy shrub roses. I’m convinced this rose is one of the hardest to kill!  It grows 3′-5′ tall and wide, has deep pink/fuschia double-petal flowers, a semi-strong ‘rose’ fragrance and flowers steadily from mid-June until fall. It tolerates a variety of soils and conditions. A very good beginner’s rose.

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Maltese Cross

 

I’m happy I decided to give this plant – Maltese Cross (campion, latin ‘lychnis’) – a try in my big sunny perennial bed. It takes the cold, it blooms from late spring ’til August, it’s a brilliant jewel-tone red and it handles conditions of wet and drought fairly well. It grows 2-3 feet tall but only about 6 inches wide and would look best in group plantings in the middle to back of a border.

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The Shrub Bed

     I neglected this shrub bed for many years, only weedwacking it clear of weeds every once in a while. Last summer I bought a new riding lawn mower which did not mulch. Then I had to buy some sort of grass collector and opted for a lawn sweeper. Now armed with an abundant supply of grass clippings for mulch I tackled the shrub bed. Gardening work is  never done but the bed certainly looks better and has been much easier to care for.

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