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Rose’s garden in upstate New York

This is my shade garden. It contains my favorite hosta, 'Great Expectations', and many varieties of heuchera. Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Rose Rhode

Today’s photos are from Rose Rhode. She says, “I live in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of western New York. I have been gardening for almost 25 years, but I have been at my current historical home in Canandaigua for 18 years.

This is my shade garden. It contains my favorite hosta, ‘Great Expectations’, and many varieties of heuchera. Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Rose Rhode

“My lot is a rather small city plot of not quite a 1/3 acre. With a large old Victorian home, carriage barn, and driveway taking up space, I found my gardens eating up the lawn. I also have one very large black walnut tree that makes gardening a challenge…you know what I mean if you have one. All of our gardens are a labor of love and we do ALL the work ourselves. Mother’s Day every year is mulch day…my three sons know what mom wants for Mother’s Day…help.”

This is my shade garden. It contains my favorite hosta, ‘Great Expectations’, and many varieties of heuchera. Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Rose Rhode

That hosta is to die for, Rose! As is the ‘Iceberg’ rose, and the fountain…oh heck, it’s all great! Thanks for sharing.

This is my shade garden. It contains my favorite hosta, ‘Great Expectations’, and many varieties of heuchera. Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Rose Rhode

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This is my shade garden. It contains my favorite hosta, ‘Great Expectations’, and many varieties of heuchera. Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Rose Rhode
This is my driveway garden (I tore out the blacktop and put in another garden.) The robins come every year and nest in the ‘Iceberg’ rose. Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Rose Rhode
‘Iceberg’ rose. Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Rose Rhode
This is the sun garden that sits next to the carriage barn at the back of the property, lined by my neighbors black walnuts. The fountain in this garden was purchased at an antique show and my husband spent plenty of time getting it to work and installing it. Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Rose Rhode
This is the sun garden that sits next to the carriage barn at the back of the property, lined by my neighbors black walnuts. The fountain in this garden was purchased at an antique show and my husband spent plenty of time getting it to work and installing it. Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Rose Rhode
My peony garden is full of herbaceous, tree, and Itoh peonies. This one is ‘Bartzella’. Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Rose Rhode

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  1. LauraAllen 06/20/2013

    Oh, how I love shade gardens and yours is just beautiful. The dry stack stone wall sets it off perfectly.

  2. bee1nine 06/20/2013

    A beauty, the 'Great expectation' hosta taking center stage.
    And making a delightful backdrop show, is your 'Iceberg' rose!
    All so wonderfully charming Rose, even if the garden space
    may seem somewhat limited.(I'm sure that could change).
    Thank you for sharing your labor of love!!

  3. user-1020932 06/20/2013

    very nice in town garden! it shows your love of gardening and that of your family. AND your name is even Rose!!! if you have a daughter named Holly or Ivy, i'm gonna die :)

  4. mms54 06/20/2013

    Love your garden, especially your "Great Expectations" hosta! And had to chuckle over your comment about black walnut trees...had a yard full of them in my yard in Oklahoma, and you are dead on, they make gardening a challenge! Thank you for sharing!

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    meander_michaele 06/20/2013

    Hi, Rose, my eyes locked in on your last picture because I was debating between peony or rose and,if it was a peony, was it the variety, Bartzella, which I planted last year and still haven't gotten any blooms from. Now I know it will be worth the wait...yours is beautiful!
    Even though you describe your lot as "rather small", it sounds gracious and grand since it has a carriage barn. Your plantings along side it are lovely and do it justice.

  6. Wife_Mother_Gardener 06/20/2013

    Lovely garden! I love Hosta, 'Great Expectations' and your fountain bed! Great work!

  7. typwc 06/20/2013

    Beautiful! I wish my 'Great Expectations' looked like that! How old is yours? I moved mine out of full shade where it was languishing and now it is doing better in half a day of full sun, but it is more yellow than green. I was considering trading it for something more robust, but maybe I just need to be more patient?

  8. tractor1 06/20/2013

    A big use of a small space! I like the fountains, birdbath, and oriental lantern... I definitely need to track down some nice chachkas for my garden... I've been using a chintzy green plastic snow coaster for a bird bath. I wish there was a better view of that antique fountain and what kind of trees make up its backdrop? Rose, your iceberg roses are spectacular... thank you for a glimpse into your sanctuary.

  9. tractor1 06/20/2013

    Best bargain birdbath; $3:

  10. skevanston 06/20/2013

    Canandaigua is such a lovely part of the beautiful Finger Lakes region. If anyone is in that area, you should stop at Sonnenberg Gardens, a gracious old garden slowly being restored. And Rose, your garden fits right in with that gracious atmosphere. I agree with LauraAllen's comment about the dry stack stone wall. And lets hear it for peaceful gardens that eat up lawns!!!

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 06/20/2013

    Hmm, lets' see. Most of my favorite plants, a japanese lantern, stacked stone border and a historical house. What's not to love!?

  12. terieLR 06/20/2013

    "Great Expectations" is one of the few hosta names that I remember... because it's my favorite also Rose! typwc, I've had mine at least ten years in full shade and it's taken that long to reach the same size.
    Rose, Your shade garden is tranquil (great textures) and sun garden, a delight. I adore the softly curved edges accompanied by the statement that stones make. We garden very much the same. Your husbands hard work paid off. The fountain is beautiful. Antiques in the garden warm my heart. Do you have the name of the little fern in front of the hosta? I have been calling mine 'chain-linked' ~ ha. I am coveting the tiny white hosta...
    I vote YES for Sonnenberg Gardens. They are making great stride in the restoration project.

  13. rarhode 06/20/2013

    Thank you for such lovely responses to my garden.

    terieLR--I think the fern you are referring to is Athyrium filix-femina 'Frizelliae'

    I live down the street from Sonnenberg and also give it a big thumbs up. If you are in the area, visit the gardens and the mansion.

    I actually have two Great Expectations. One is 10 years old and the one in the photo is 3 years old.

    Bartzella is in its 4th year. The first year, as expected, no blooms. Year two I had one flower, year 3 I had 3 blooms and this year I had 10. I am hoping for it to be covered next year. It is worth the wait!

    tntreeman--if I had had a daughter, I was thinking Abbie...get it Abbey Road.

  14. user-1020932 06/20/2013

    glad to know you're a Beatles fan! beware of the chachkas Tractor by the time i get everything where i want it,,,,,,,,,it's time to put it away for winter :( i do like your toys in the retaining wall idea

  15. sheila_schultz 06/20/2013

    Rose your shade garden is lovely, and the variety of hosta's bring so much interest. I'm doing a bit of filling in with both my shade and sun gardens, I'm going to be on the look-out for Great Expectations, it's a beaut! Thanks for the tour around your beloved gardens.

  16. cwheat000 06/20/2013

    Looks like you have a wonderful classic house with a wonderful classic garden. That rose is so pretty. Do you have more roses Rose? I discovered the David Austin English roses a few years back, and they are now some of my favorite plants. I have visited the Finger Lakes once, but I may have to visit again to see Sonnenberg. Thank you for travel tip and the wonderful tour of your garden. I would love to see more; it is truly lovely.

  17. DeLancey 06/21/2013

    Lovely, Rose; shade gardens are my favourite. While I tend to collect hostas with white variegation, I was given several with yellow. I think I'd appreciate those more if there were other, similar-toned plants nearby. I've bookmarked your photos to inspire me to add a few complimentary perennials. Any excuse for a trip to the garden centre! Could you please tell me the name of the shrub (perennial?) under the Iceberg rose? The plant with the compound leaves; I've seen it, don't have it, but, of course, want it...

  18. rarhode 06/22/2013

    /DeLancey--The taller plant in front of the rose is a tree peony and the shorter yellow colored one is a spiraea named "Magic Carpet".

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