Design Your Own Rose Garden
The rose, with its velvety texture, fullness and sweet fragrance, is unlike any other flower. Available in a wide variety of perfumes and colors which range from bright yellow to a red so dark as to be nearly black, it is ironic such beautiful flowers also have such thorny stems. Roses originally came from ancient Persia, and today there are over 100 species. Now considered the ultimate choice to express love, it was originally used for medicinal purposes in medieval times.
While rose gardens are one of the most beautiful kinds of flower gardens to have, they are also the most difficult to grow and maintain. However, if you make the effort, do the research and prepare in advance, it can be done and it is certainly worth it.
Colour is one of the choices you need to make; another is the variety of rose. Take your time and don’t rush through these decisions.
If you find it hard to visualize the finished rose garden design just by looking at the layout, you may want to invest in one of the many excellent do-it-yourself garden landscape design software available. Landscape design software provides a virtual picture of the rose garden design, and also allows you to move roses around and see the changes; it even offers advice on the many different types of roses available today and how to use them in your design. Well designed rose gardens change over time, and some of the software lets you see how your garden will look as it matures, say 5 or 10 years from now.
An incredibly vast resource for rose garden material online is Google, and it only requires a bit of diligence on your part to find what you need. It is also good to avail yourself of advice from your local nursery, rose gardening clubs, the library and to sign up for an RSS feed on the topic of rose gardens, which will help keep you up to date.
Finally, for inspiration, look up “famous rose gardens” online. From the White House Rose Garden, to the rose garden in Niagara Parks, to the United Kingdom – you will find an entire plethora of gorgeous gardens which are sure to spark your inner creative spirit.