Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Love and Roses

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Love and Roses

Article excerpt

PLANNING A ROMANTIC garden for next summer is a logical pursuit this Valentine's time of year.

Take a cue from gardeners at last summer's Designer Show House, 4 Hortense Place.

Next to a raised patio, they emptied beds of dead roses, "a few stragg ly, struggling roses and a patch of irises that very much needed dividing," says Angela Phillips, of the gardening firm Sugar Creek Perennials. Phillips and her helpers left the healthy wisteria. Then they prepared the soil with compost, Super-Phosphate and Osmocote, "a great fertilizer for a long, slow release," she says. Back in the beds, they planted creamy-white hydrangea Tardiva; verbena Homestead purple, "which blooms profusely all summer," says Phillips; hot-pink Carefree Beauty roses that do "well for our winters" and patches of Scabiosa "butterfly blue" pincushion flower, which also "blooms like an annual all summer long." With the wisteria, the crew "cut all the suckers at the base of the plant and then put morning glories climbing up on the wisteria stems, just to do something fun with the woody stems at the bottom," Phillips said. …

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