- Rugosa “Old World” roses
- Miniature lavenders
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The Border Garden features Heritage plants which are naturally hardy and have been grown for many generations. Rugosa rose is the subgenus II Rosa Eurosa, Cassiorhodon. The ‘parent’ plant was discovered by western rosarians in Japan and western Asian in 1796.
Rugosa rose foliage is bright green with deep veining. Flowers vary from single to double and most have irregular shaped petals. Advantages of rugosa roses are abundant fragrance, drought tolerance, resistance to insects, and tolerant of poor soil. Best of all they do not require a strict pruning schedule. In Fall, huge rose hips form.
Several varieties of rugosa roses are planted here. Nearer the Entryway, roses grow 3-4 feet high. Farther along, roses grow 5-8 feet high with 14-15 foot long branches. These roses are only pruned when they begin crowding the sidewalk or other plants.
Below the roses, lavender plants bloom profusely. After bloom, shearing plants by one-third maintains shape. Miniature lavenders are used here to accomodate space limitations.
This garden is watered with drip irrigation to minimize water use, and mulched with bark mulch to reduce weeds and conserve moisture.
This garden runs parallel to the primary path and is located towards the main entrance of the Garden.
1620 S. Union
(In Kennewick’s Grange Park behind the Mid-Columbia Library)
Your donation will help the Demonstration Garden stay beautiful.
Donations are tax deductible and are made to the Master Gardener Foundation of Benton Franklin County, a 501(c)3 organization. Donations of any size are appreciated.