Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Heirloom Pairing for Heirloom Roses: Picture of a Pretty Pink Perennial Sweet Pea in the Cutting Garden

As a follow-up to my June 5, 2008 post on Roses Blooming, here is a picture of the perennial sweet pea that I noted. It has pretty little flowers that bloom for me from late July to late August, but no fragrance. I purchased it from Perennial Pleasures Nursery which specializes in heirloom plants. In my Cutting Garden, it grows in full sun, but can also grow in part shade. It is a natural pairing for roses given that--as part of the legume family--it fixes nitrogen in the soil. It requires no maintenance. After the frost, simply cut it to the ground. You can compost the cuttings or simply bury them in your beds.

3 comments:

Blackswamp_Girl said...

Oooh... yours is very pretty, too. It does sound like a nice companion for roses. Maybe I should move mine up front by my rose bush, so my soil will be improved there and my dog won't be tempted to eat the "peas" on it!

Roses and Lilacs said...

Hi, I just found your blog quite by accident. Very interesting pairing of perennial sweet pea and roses. I wouldn't have thought of it but it seems like a great idea. I have just the spot to try it too.

I read through several of your older posts. The one on hydrangea (and rose) cuttings was interesting. In my zone 5a it is probably too late to try rooting Annabelle. Perhaps next spring?
Marnie

heirloomgardener said...

Roses and Lilacs,

For 5a I do think it is probably too late to try rooting. I'd wait until next year. Thanks for visiting; I look forward to exploring your blog.

-Heirloom Gardener

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