Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Texas Pioneer Roses

Highly valued for their disease resistance and wonderful old world scent,
Pioneer roses are the hardy survivors of our Texas climate.
Rescued and propagated by the Texas Rose Rustlers,
the plants in this collection were discovered throughout the state,
thriving on their own in abandoned home sites and old graveyards.

Antique Roses come in a variety of colors.
This lovely white rose is 'Gideon Lincecum',
named after an 1800's pioneer Texas plant collector.
I ordered three for the front courtyard.
Nearly thornless, they get quite large, up to six feet, and sport large hips in the winter.

I love the fluffy yellow centers!
If you would like to learn more about the Texas Rose Rustlers, here is the link to an excellent article from Texas Monthly magazine:

In the back butterfly garden I am trying to collect a harmonious palette of colors.
This is a challenge because flower color doesn't always (maybe I should say rarely) look the same in the garden as it does in the nursery, or in a catalog.

I want bright color contrast in this area,
so I am working with colors that oppose each other on the color wheel:
Blue & Yellow

       Daisy                                  Rose                               Daylily   
            Mealycup Sage                        Verbena                                 Yarrow      
The misfit is in the middle of the bottom row.
This verbena reads fuchsia (redish-purple) in bloom, instead of the bluish-purple I expected.
There are only three of them, so it won't be difficult to take them out and find them a different home.

1 comment:

  1. Suzanne - I've not heard of Texas Pioneer Rose. It sounds wonderful, especially being thornless. I have a butterfuly garden with lots of Verbenas, Buddleias, and Russian Sages. I love watching the butterflies visit all summer.