I was incredibly lucky to spend the last week touring gardens, growing fields, and garden centers in Oregon. The International Rose Test Garden was one of the many lovely stops on my tour. Stepping foot in this beautiful garden where lovely rose blooms surround you and the scent of blooming roses encompassed me instantly made me want to plant more roses. Often times roses are thought of as old fashioned or over used but anyone that says this has never stepped foot in a true rose garden.
There are more than 10,000 roses planted in the garden. It is the oldest rose garden in the United States, founded in 1917 it is the oldest established rose test garden in the United States. The garden was initially started as a safe haven for roses from England during World War I. Roses were sent from England to this safe haven to keep the breeds alive, as many were afraid they would be destroyed in bombings from the war. Today is remains an active test garden for AASIt receives thousands of visitors each year.
Roses can’t be beat for their lovely fragrance and their endless blooms in the summer months. If you are truly looking for a plant to bloom all season long, roses can certainly fill that spot in the garden with lovely fragrance and color.