|Rosa 'A Shropshire Lad', Crocosmia 'Lucifer' & Hosta 'Sum and Substance' 5 August 2022|
Note that the date of my plant scan 5 August 2022 does not agree with the date of this blog. The reason is that for technical problems and a few more I did not blog in June and July. I am back filling the missing ones.
While in our Kerrisdale garden, which we left five years ago, I had amassed 600 hostas. Because the garden was big Rosemary and my garden was not a monoculture garden. Both of us disliked gardens that contained only one type of plant like some rose gardens.
Because we had distinctly different tastes, but agreed on many, Rosemary and I lived in a garden that had many surprises like rare ferns and beautiful trees. There were about 85 roses of which most were old roses.
When we bought the house in 1986 the back garden had a circular bed with roses. We kept it but Rosemary soon disliked that there was nothing growing underneath the rose bushes and this in her eyes was unsightly. She started by growing bronze fennel. From there we used lavender and so on. Soon this became a mutual garden technique which we called companion planting.
This September I am giving a zoom lecture to the Canadian Rose Society and I am giving it the theme of “Plants and Their Rose Companions”. This may jar some rose collectors but I will do my best to expose to them how other plants can live together in a world that is now one of conflict.
The scan here displays three plants that are very close together in my lane garden. Hosta ‘Sum and Substance’ is a large yellow hosta that in a few years will be huge. Next to it is an invasive perennial that used be called montbretia but now is crocosmia. This one is Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’. The rose is an English Rose, Rosa ‘A Shropshire Lad’ Besides having large lovely flowers and it is very remontant (keeps re-blooming until the fall) it has very beautiful new leaves that are a deep maroon-red.