Grow Roses for A Colorful Landscape 

Where has the summer gone? We are already on our second flush of blooms in Alabama and I must say that this rose season has been one of our best.  We’ve made lots of changes in the garden this year. Lots of new varieties, new hardscape curbing and we are also adding more perennials to the garden. Check out some of the awesome color we’ve experienced this year. Roses make for a colorful landscape and with varieties such as Proven Winners OSO Happy and OSO Easy roses, coupled with Knockout Roses we are enjoying a constant stream of color in the garden.   Best of all, they require NO Spray, just a semi-annual haircut, and stand up very well in the Alabama heat!


Candy Oh in the foreground, Double red Knockout behind, and Cherry Pie in the center bed left.

Purple Rain – Kordes Shrub rose. short well rounded shrub with TONS of blooms

Francis Meilland NO SPRAY hybrid tea rose along with Peggy Martin rose growing on the fence makes for a colorful display in the garden.

Red Drift roses surround our mailbox. A little girl passed our house the other day and told her mom, look mom the flowers match the flag on the mailbox!

A view from our neighbors yard. Yes, they too have caught the rose bug…. Peach Drift roses in the foreground and Candy Oh in the background.

I simply love the fact that no matter where you turn on our property, you see roses. From every window of our home when you look out you see roses. It’s good to have rooms with such a view.  What’s blooming in your garden this summer?

About Chris VanCleave - America's Favorite Rose Gardener

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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10 Responses to Grow Roses for A Colorful Landscape 

  1. Chris, thank you for the follow, especially as it lead me back here. I am enjoying your site!


  2. Oops, it was a like, and I thank you!


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  4. Your garden is absolutely beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing these beautiful pictures.


  5. Marie says:

    How many roses is that around the mailbox?


  6. Tania Tome M de Castro says:

    Wow! Very beautiful roses!!


  7. Just came across you blog and I will certainly look around some more… you have some really nice pictures! Check out our website to learn more about us. We ship our roses now so if you didn’t have access to roses grafted on Fortuniana rootstock – now you do!!


  8. kim garret says:

    Where n katy Texas can I find these roses


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