Smell the Roses

Smell the Roses

The White House in Washington, DC is home to a beautiful, well-known Rose Garden.  It is located just outside the Oval Office and the West Wing.  Originally established in 1913 by Ellen Wilson, wife of President Woodrow Wilson, it has provided a peaceful setting for residents and guests for over a century. 

Have you ever visited a flower garden and experienced the peace, serenity, and beauty of the surrounding flowers and wondered if you could create something similar in your own backyard?  The answer is yes.  Rose and flower gardens are not always the easiest environments to maintain, but their radiance and attractiveness is incomparable to anything else.

The White House Rose Garden has a variety of roses, flowers, bulbs, and trees.  One of the most widely used roses in the Rose Garden is the “Queen Elizabeth” grandiflora rose.  There are also a variety of tea roses, such as the “King’s Ransom” and the “Pascale”, and shrub roses, such as the “Nevada Rose”.  Many of these varieties of roses can be found in local nurseries, or even ordered from online websites. 

Roses are gorgeous, fragrant flowers that are available in a wide range of colors, sizes, and shapes.  In order for roses to thrive in your garden, you will need to properly maintain them; however, once they are well established, they should give you many years of pleasure.  Roses require plenty of sunlight.  Morning sun is the best for them to flourish in, because afternoon sun can get too harsh.  You will also need to provide your roses with plenty of water (about one inch a week is the minimum amount) in order for them to be healthy enough to bloom regularly.  Also provide your roses with rich soil and plenty of space to grow.  There are several products on the market that are specifically produced for roses’ needs.  A good fertilizer is necessary for roses in order to produce colorful, full blooms.  Roses are also inviting plants for insects; including aphids, beetles, and spider mites; therefore, a good pest-controlling product is also a great idea. 

In addition to having roses, flowers and bulbs are also nice plants to add to any rose garden.  Mimicking the White House Rose Garden, seasonal flowers are striking when mixed among fellow roses.  A flower such as the Calla Lily is a popular choice for spring planting.  For the fall, a nice choice is the Chrysanthemum.  Both of these flowers are available in a multitude of colors and can be very complimentary to roses.  As for planting successful bulbs, some popular choices are daffodils, jonquils, grape hyacinths, and the always-distinctive tulips.  Tulips are bountiful in the White House Rose Garden and are notable among any garden or lawn.

Rose or flower gardens contribute to the beauty of our surroundings and give people a chance to slow down and “smell the roses”.  These peaceful gardens do not just have to be a specific faraway place that you have to make an effort to get to, but can actually be some place you create in your own personal yard.  They can be as simple as a grouping of flower pots filled with flourishing blooms on a porch, to a garden with pathways and benches.  Whichever you decide is right for you, hopefully you can create a space that gives you joy and fulfillment. 

Comments are closed.