Posted: 25/05/2014 at 13:50
Well, it's a great idea to get rid of roses....there I've said it. They are awful in the winter, everyone tries to grow them, they are vicious, they are prone to pests and diseases and they have no structure whatsoever. Often they are grown all together with few other plants so look boringly monotonous
However, grown well in the right situations they are great. The scent and the beauty of rose flowers is undeniable. But who grows them well? Does your neighbour? Do you?
Claire, shrubs and perennials will give ??ou all year round colour and joy.
Decide on your soil type....acid or alkaline, light or heavy and your situation.....warm or cold, exposed or sheltered.
Could you post a picture here?
I first planted lots of shrubs when I got my first garden. They filled it up quickly, etc. but try to get some perennials in too. I now grow more perennials than shrubs.
We can all suggest names of plants but a visit to the garden centre at different times of the year to see what you like and read up on various plants.
A basic planting of a few well spaced shrubs, knowing how big they will grow, will give you a framework. Evergreens are key too. Herbaceous perennials can be divided and easily moved so these can fill a garden quite quickly in a year or so."