Summer Splendour


Underneath our Japanese Maple is a small planting of Sunny Knockouts, lilies, caladiums, hosta, iris and white vinca. It gets just enough sun for roses but is shaded enough to allow the other plants to thrive.  We placed a bunny in this area to keep watch.


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Christopher R. VanCleave – America’s Favorite Rose Gardener Nicknamed "The Redneck Rosarian”, Chris VanCleave is passionate about gardening and growing roses. He is an active member of the Birmingham chapter of the American Rose Society, serving two terms as President. In 2007, he created the Rose Chat Podcast which has reached over a half a million listeners with news and information on growing on growing the world’s most beloved flower, the rose. He was a contributor to the 2015 Southern Living Gardening Book, has appeared on P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home television show and was featured in the June 2015 issue of Southern Living Magazine. Locally, Chris serves as Chairman of the Helena Alabama Beautification Board where he has spearheaded efforts to create a sustainable landscape in one of the top one hundred places to live in the United States. His writing is seen at and on his popular website;, where he chronicles his gardening adventures and explores an intrinsic mix of life, faith and gardening. An agent of change with over 20 years’ experience in process innovation, Mr. VanCleave is leading the charge to reinvigorate horticultural societies and helping them to reach their full potential in the social media age.
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3 Responses to Summer Splendour

  1. Got that exact same bunny watching my front walk!


  2. Paul Daniels says:

    Chris, that is such a nice combination and just looks nice period…..Hope you have a nice weekend.


    • Thanks Paul. I like to experiment with mixed planting beds. A neighbor gave me some lilies which I assumed were low growing. I planted in the front of the bed. They turned out to be knee high ditch lilies which should have gone in the back…. Oh, well. I will move them in the falll…. Ha!


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