Being the most popular flower in the United States I thought that Dawn Gardens should have a rose garden. I had my daughter, Corrie, lay out the paths with flags and then my crew came up from the Bay Area and installed the steel edging and the DG (decomposed granite) paths.
Here are some of the 150 roses at Dawn Gardens:
Miniature roses have small flowers but the plant can be as large as other roses – 1-6’.
Cal Poly. Bottom photo was taken on December 18.
Old Country Charm
Climbers need to be tied to a trellis, fence or cable.
Yellow Lady Banks Rose (Rosa banksae)
White Lady Banks Rose (Rosa banksae lutea) This one is very fragrant.
Dancing in the Wind
Climbing Roses should be pruned in January and the branches trained horizontally along the fence or trellis.
The Snake – very fragrant
Pride of England
Lawrence of Arabia
Jude the Obscure
Easy Does It
The fruit of the rose are called hips and they are high in vitamin C and make good tea. Rose petals are edible and used in salads.
Roses are usually pruned in January when they are dormant. All of the leaves should be removed and the plant cut back to half its height. All the dead wood should be removed as well as crossing branches and small twigs. The Rose should look like this:
The pruned rose garden looks like this in January: