Trend Alert: The Classic Rose

If one theme has remained constant throughout my recent projects, it’s been the demand for roses in the residential garden. The projects have covered the spectrum, from California Ranch to cutting-edge modern, tropical to succulents, rural acreage to urban backyard. Each time, the client pulls me aside, and confesses, “it might not match the design style, but please make a space for my roses.” By the third time hearing this request in less than a month, they’ve finally grabbed my attention.

The ubiquitous rose… once associated with your grandma’s cottage garden and high maintenance is now recognized for its countless, timeless benefits. It’s actually a lie to call this a recent “trend alert.” The classic rose has been around for ages and has so very much to offer… beauty, durability, versatility, cutting flowers in hundreds of colors and varieties, the champion of scented flowers, medicinal uses and secret recipe ingredient. All these benefits come in a multitude of convenient shapes and sizes… sprawling vines, groundcovers, shrubs, and more. There really isn’t any other plant that comes close to providing in so many ways.

And in regards to maintenance– I snapped the above photo from my own backyard, which I haven’t set foot in to maintain or water since the first trimester with my 9-month old son. They are a remnant from the previous homeowner and I was considering having them removed. I was concerned they made my backyard look like grandparents lived here. I may have to reconsider…

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