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A Rosy Garden in Argentina

Roses and family memories fill this garden

Our garden today comes from Martha Veronesi in beautiful Argentina.

My name is Martha Veronesi, and I live in the city of Pilar in the province of Buenos Aires, Argentina. I am excited to share my garden with you. I’ve been tending to my home garden fanatically for the last 10 years, ever since I started taking some landscape courses that made me want to make changes to my garden.

I come from a family that used to like gardening. My grandfather loved dahlias of all types, double or single, in all colors and shapes, so he dedicated time to digging the bulbs in winter and replanting them in spring, and I used to help him. When I married and moved with my husband from the city to my new home in downtown Pilar 25 years ago, there were no plants or flowers in my garden, just soil and a very old aguaribay tree (Schinus areira, Zones 9–10) in a corner of the land, so my grandfather gave me some of his falias bulbs as a gift, which I treasured. Now with the passing years, those bulbs have multiplied (usually I gift some to dearest friends), and I still have them in my garden. Each summer when they bloom, I always remember my grandpa.

I love the mix of flowers, but roses are definitely my favorite plant. I have 33 rose plants in my garden. Some are English style, like ‘Pat Austin’, and some are French, but mostly all are floribundas, producing big bouquets of roses in the garden beds. In late winter, I dedicate hours to pruning them, and I do it with a difference of 10/20 days from one bed garden to another, in order to always have roses blooming somewhere in the garden in the summer. Sages, asters, and ornamental grasses are my second favorites, mostly because they bloom for long periods and have low maintenance.

Before spring comes, my plan is to incorporate some perennials in my garden. Design and selection of plants has started, but it’s not an easy task for me because of my inexperience with perennials and the little space I have in the garden. However, it is a challenge I will take.

‘Iceberg’ roses with boxwood (Buxus, Zones 5–9), ornamental onion (Allium), and yellow bearded iris (Iris germanica, Zones 4–9).

Water running is so relaxing to hear, so my husband and I built a small pond where some fish live and eat mosquito eggs that are on the surface of the water, helping us keep mosquitos under control.

Dahlias given me by my grandfather as a gift.

Iceberg roses and a bird feeder with the old aguaribay tree in the background.

‘Iceberg’ roses with grass Stipa tenuissima (Mexican feather grass, annual).

‘Jubilee Du Prince de Monaco’ rose (sold in the United States under the name ‘Fire and Ice’) with blue larkspur (Consolida ajacis, annual).

More of ‘Jubilee Du Prince de Monaco’ rose with blue larkspur (Consolida ajacis, annual).

White lilies

Daylilies, larkspur, and Dietes grandiflora (Zones 8–11) in the back.

Martha sent so many great photos that we’re sharing them over two days, so be sure to check back tomorrow for more of this beautiful garden!


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    user-7007816 08/20/2019

    Martha, Thank you for sharing your garden. You definitely have beautiful roses and companion plants.

    1. marthaveronesi 08/20/2019

      Thank you very much! Glad that you like it!

  2. btucker9675 08/20/2019

    Everything is so beautiful! The photo of the iceberg roses with the feather grass - simply wonderful. You have created a truly lovely garden and I look forward to seeing more tomorrow.

    1. marthaveronesi 08/20/2019

      Thank you very much!! I really appreciate that you like it. Feather-grass and roses are one of my loving combinations.

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    treasuresmom 08/20/2019

    Love seeing what gardeners in other countries grow. So very pretty! Looking forward to photos tomorrow.

    1. marthaveronesi 08/20/2019

      Thank you for your comment. As you, I also like to see gardens in other countries and view other ways of gardening.

    2. marthaveronesi 08/20/2019

      Thank you very much for your comment. I am very glad that you like my garden. For me it's an honor to share it here.

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    simplesue 08/20/2019

    Wow!!!! What a great garden you have made! I'm so impressed with your groupings of plants and those amazing roses! Love the photo of the Iceberg Roses with other plants and iris! It gives me an idea of size and composition, as I am always looking for inspiration for the garden. That pond your husband made is just wonderful, with the aquatic plants and fish and moving water. I've never seen so many Dahlias before! So pretty. I like that you kept the old tree that was there also! That blue larkspur (Consolida ajacis, annual) is such a great color- I don't usually bother with annuals but after seeing them in your garden I'm thinking of trying them! Thanks for sharing your garden, I've really enjoyed it!

  5. cheryl_c 08/20/2019

    Martha, I was hooked with the first picture of the iceberg roses and feather grass. But all of your pictures are quite lovely. How cold do your winters get? Are you in the mountain area of Argentina? So glad you sent your photos in! Thank you!

    1. marthaveronesi 08/20/2019

      Cheryl thank you very much for your comments!!! . Here in Argentina I live in Buenos Aires's downtown and we don't have mountains near. Where I live there is a lot of humidity in the air during all the year and temperatures in winter dropt to up to 28. 40 F (-2 grades). Winter is cold but without snow so it's quite template. I am very glad that you like it.

  6. Cenepk10 08/20/2019

    Gorgeous Gorgeous Gorgeous.... I too love roses !!! Goodness - that feather grass is a gorgeous “collar” for the iceberg roses. And the fire & Ice with the larkspur is a show stopper... loved seeing your garden... thanks for sharing!

    1. marthaveronesi 08/20/2019

      Thank you very much for your comment!!! I really appreciate it!! The feather grass it moves so lovely with the wind!!! adds movement!! Glad that you like it!!. Thanks!!

  7. carolineyoungwilliams 09/10/2019

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful garden, Martha. I really like your color combinations.

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