A rose for the shade garden: Madame Alfred Carrière (climbing noisette) Position: full sun or partial shade (it's one of the best roses for a north facing aspect) Soil: fertile, humus-rich, moist, well-drained soil Rate of growth: fast-growing Height: 8.0 m Spread: 3.0 m Flowering period: continuous Flower colour: white to pale pink Other features: scented flowers Hardiness: fully hardy
Zephirine Drouhin Rose This is one of the best climbing plants that you can invest in. It’s also thornless, which is always a plus. This rose doesn’t need much sunlight, either, so you can put it in the shade and it will still blossom.
We asked the Chair of the Peony Society to share her no-nonsense tips for how to grow the perfect, blousy peonies - including how to plant them, care for them and how to help them look their best once they've been cut and arranged in a vase.
Plants with multiple petals, such as roses and peonies, are cottage-style favorites, and they have the added benefit of sweet scent. Contrast heights within beds by using spiky classics such as foxgloves and delphiniums.