Roses seem so formal, so proper, for many important occasions. They are generally pricey at the shop but a universally meaningful gift. The reason I love roses is for their fragrance and colorful blooms from spring to fall. They are also perennial so once planted, they dependably come back every year. Maintenance is actually relaxing, trimming the dead flowers to make way for new buds, regular watering and an occasional spray of insect repellant.
Our roses provide a hedge of privacy for the patio, covered in blooms and a rich fragrance visible from the kitchen and family room windows. Some in family think there could be too much pink….”Never!” I argue. I have rose vases generously filled from the garden’s weekly dividend bedside in each sleeping room.
You can also use your rose pedals for tea, cookies, potpourri, homemade perfume, bath oil and soap! My sister used to make homemade paper using recycled newspaper, rose pedals and lavender. It was the most beautiful, delicate paper, appreciated and adored without any written message whatsoever.
The Rose is an excellent investment in your landscape portfolio but also, in your creativity tool box.