I have been warned so many times about not having Multiflora roses here, that I need to pull them all up. But I decided to leave most, specifically the big healthy ones. Not only do they produce an abundance of flowers and hips for me and the insects, but they are a wonderful trap plant.
These plants can take a beating every year from Japanese beetles and who knows what else. Some look gorgeous, but some poor rose bushes I wonder how they make it. But they do. They can grow 2 - 6 feet per year vigorously. They take the damage that would otherwise be done to other plants and they take it on powerfully.
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Monday, June 4, 2012
|Photo by Jamie|
I first noticed it around the edge of our flower garden that was created with a sheet of black plastic. Black Plastic was put down till the grass died and then I ran timbers around the rectangle shape of the space created. I didn't run the timbers right to the edge and left a bit of bare ground just outside the timbers. Inside the area framed by timbers, I scratched the ground and broadcast some perennial flowers and those came up along with other wildflowers. No where on the interior of this garden space did Gaura Biennis grow. It only grew, and quite thickly, right along the outside edge of the timbers where the grass had been killed but the earth not scratched. In this area it was dense, healthy and grew about 6 feet tall in the full sun. I've read it likes shade, but it did great in the full sun.