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Heavenly Climbers: Roses Are the Stars of This Mendocino Garden

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Heavenly Climbers: Roses Are the Stars of This Mendocino Garden

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At Mendocino's Whitegate Inn, two roses give the garden a softly romantic look. Covering the fence and creeping up a trellis is a three-year-old 'Sally Holmes' rose. This vigorous shrub, usually grown as a climber, produces huge clusters of single pinkish blooms. (The largest bloom flush is in spring; spent blooms are clipped regularly to keep new flowers coming.)

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Against the cottage wall is an 'American Pillar' rose. This hybrid Wichuraiana--developed from Rosa wichuraiana and introduced in the early 1900s--produces large clusters of up to twenty 2 1/2-inch-wide single pink flowers that cover the foliage in midspring.

February isn't too late to plant your own climbing roses; other showy varieties to look for include 'Altissimo' (red flowers), 'CI. Iceberg' (white), and 'CI. Sutter's Gold' (yellow). You can plant the roses at the base of a fence and weave their canes between the slats. To train them against a wall, tie their canes to baling wire stretched horizontally between hook eyes.

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