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  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 13,258
    As long as you like the idea of a central monoculture of Roses, that will be fine, at the end of the day, what you like is the only thing that matters.
    There are ashtrays of emulsion,
    for the fag ends of the aristocracy.

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  • UffUff Posts: 3,199
    Just a quick question, what are you going to grow in the peony beds when they have finished flowering bearing in mind their short flowering life?
    SW SCOTLAND but born in Derbyshire
  • Cecelia-LCecelia-L Posts: 103
    My instinct is to go with alliums. Purple round alliums to echo the round hydrangea. At the same time experiment with Annabelle and Paniculata with the peonies to see how I get on! 

    Geranium would be great ground cover and extends the flowering seasons a bit longer. 

    I find this really useful

  • FireFire Posts: 17,116
    I would keep it simple as you can to start with. Build up over time 
  • FireFire Posts: 17,116
    Update please!
  • Cecelia-LCecelia-L Posts: 103
    Hi! Thanks for getting back in touch @Fire

    A dozen peonies are planted by the wall to form a peony hedge, 1.2m apart. They look much happier in the ground. 
    I placed the hydrangea in the dappled shade part to see how they get on. So far so good. 

    Curved paths meets at the centre creating two smaller flower beds. 
    I am considering where I should have arches over the centre and a bench underneath. I like the idea of sitting beneath climbing roses 

    For the two smaller flower beds I am considering this. Tallest in the middle and gradually descends. Not as tidy and neat as this design though. 

    The roses I am working with are 

    rose Queen Elizabeth x3 pink 
    rose peace x3 yellow with pink 
    rose iceberg x3 white 

    Rose fragrant cloud x3 red
    rose double delight x3 red with white 
    rose casino (small climber) x2 yellow 
    Rose marmalade x1 apricot 

    Colour scheme options 


    Q Elizabeth is the only grandiflora here and will take centre stage. But I have three of them? Is it better to create a large bush by planting all three together or just use one in each bed and plant it elsewhere. 

  • FireFire Posts: 17,116
    Arches, pergolas and obelisks are great for creating height and giving places to sit and view.

    There has been much discussion on the rose thread about planting shrub roses in groups of three. I don't know your roses myself, so I can't really comment. I think it's a good principle, in principle, but I suspect it depends which type of roses you choose for the triad to work best.

    When do they building works begin? Have you sorted out watering plans?
  • FireFire Posts: 17,116
    Cecelia-L said:

    I really am in a major rush...we have to start the build next month. Have to move out for six months or so, possibly a year. It will be too much work to look after the flowers in pots while away.  I will only be 45 min drive away from here so I will come back at least once per week for a day of garden maintenance jobs to keep on top of things. 

    Is this still the timing?
  • Cecelia-LCecelia-L Posts: 103
    Build is delayed till next week. 

    I will start to move out in July. Should be completely gone by September. More importantly, I don’t want to leave the garden in the glorious summer months into a garden that’s been compacted by all the building machinery. 

    Watering plans? The tap is right there, about four feet away. I intend to water with a hose and not install irrigation system. 

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