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Stop and Smell the Roses

Classic beauty without chemical sprays

Hardy, disease resistant roses from the Canadian explorer series: ‘William Baffin’ (fuschia, on the left) and ‘John Davis’ (pink, on the right) along with a climbing miniature rose ‘Jeanne Lejoie’ (pink, on the left.)

Evelyn Castro-Lake shared these wonderful images of her cottage-style garden in north-west Illinois. Her garden is full of classic garden divas like roses and lilies, but she chooses tough, diseases resistance varieties that thrive in her conditions without the need for sprays.

The roses she primarily plants are from the Canadian explorer series: ‘William Baffin’ (fuschia, on the left) and ‘John Davis’ (pink, on the right) along with a climbing miniature rose ‘Jeanne Lejoie’ (pink, on the left.)


More from Evelyn’s garden:


Roses, peonies, and catmint (Nepeta faassenii zones 3 – 8) surround a walkway with color and scent.
A garden sculpture stops to smell the roses.
Peonies mingle with other perennials for an over-the-top early summer display.
Lily ‘Holland Beauty’ with purple spires of larkspur (Consolida ajacis, annual)
Lily ‘Leslie Woodruff’
A big mass of Monarda ‘Raspberry Wine’ (Mondarda didyma ‘Raspberry Wine’, zones 4 – 8)
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  1. user-3565112 03/02/2018

    Good morning, It looks like you've created a perfect cottage garden with your colorful plant combinations blending beautifully together . Your terrific post is welcome on this cold,dreary morning in central Md.
    Thank you & good luck, Joe

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      bellarosa009 03/02/2018

      Joe, thanks much!

  2. garden1953 03/02/2018

    Beautiful! Love your gardens. What zone are you?

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      bellarosa009 03/02/2018

      Hi, I'm in Zone 5b.

  3. flowerladydi 03/02/2018

    So pretty Evelyn,,,, so warm and charming and right out of Better Homes and Gardens! I love the lilies mixed in with the perennials, and just adore Raspberry Wine Monarda!, you have created a visual and sensory delight, for the butterflies and humans alike! Love the roses agains the shed,, just beautiful!!!!

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      bellarosa009 03/02/2018

      Flowerlady, thanks so much. I'm so looking forward to Spring!
      Happy gardening. Evelyn

  4. Maggieat11 03/02/2018

    Show-Stopping! Traffic stopping!

    Love it all. Thanks for sharing.

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    meander_michaele 03/02/2018

    Your rose framed doorway is the very definition of enchanting, Evelyn, as is the flower lined walkway. Is the beautiful cathedral type arched structure the entry to a greenhouse? I can't quite make it out. You do a wonderful job of pairing your lilies with a perennial choice that really brings out the best in both of them.

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      bellarosa009 03/02/2018

      Hi Michaele, thank you! Yes, the arch is the entryway to our greenhouse. I just love gardening and can't wait for the new season to start.

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    HelloFromMD 03/02/2018

    Hi Evelyn, magnificent displays especially your doorway. You must have list of disease resistant roses to share if you never spray. I found disease eventually built up in my garden except for the knockout roses which I never spray. But I would love to grow other roses. Please share your list. Thanks, Nancy

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      bellarosa009 03/02/2018

      Hi Nancy,
      Here's my list of disease resistant hardy roses that grow really well in my Zone 5b no spray garden:

      * Canadian Explorer roses:
      - William Baffin, Climber, fuchsia
      - John Davis, Climber, pink
      - John Cabot, Climber, pink

      * Kordes roses:
      - Amadeus, Climber, red
      - Pomponella, Shrub/climber (can be grown as a short climber, pink cupped flowers)
      - Florentina, Climber, red
      - Rosanna, Climber, salmon
      - Rosarium Uetersen, Climber, deep salmon (the flowers are beyond stunning!)
      - Quicksilver, Climber, lavender
      - Laguna, Climber, deep pink
      - Out of Rosenheim, Shrub, red
      - Eutin, Shrub, red
      - Dortmund, Climber, red, VERY thorny, shiny glossy leaves

      Other favorites:
      - Prairie Joy, (Shrub, light pink)
      - Darlow's Enigma, (Shrub, white single petal flowers)
      - Ramblin' Red,(Climber, red)
      - Super Excelsa, Climber, fuchsia, very thorny (this is the repeat blooming version)
      - Zephirine Drouhin, (Climber, medium pink, very fragrant)
      - Jeanne Lajoie (Climber, pink miniature-love this one!)
      - Dream Land (Climber, pink)

      As you can see, I grow mostly climbers. I sprinkle them throughout the garden. Feed them Magic Mills a few time throughout the growing season (stop feeding by early August). I also give them a few shovelfuls of mushroom compost/cow manure (bagged from Home Depot) in early Spring. Hope this helps! Evelyn

  7. foxglove12 03/02/2018

    Absolutely beautiful Evelyn! Love ❤️ all your photos.

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      bellarosa009 03/02/2018

      Thank you Foxglove! Evelyn

  8. btucker9675 03/02/2018

    Love, love, love your garden! Just my style and reminds me of my much loved and sorely missed garden in northern New Jersey.

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      bellarosa009 03/02/2018

      Awhh..thank you BTucker!

  9. sheila_schultz 03/02/2018

    All of the winged pollinators in the midwest must stop by and then vacation in your beautiful garden resort for the summer, Evelyn. Your lush plantings are not just a feast for human eyes, but a sumptuous buffet for all that fly!

  10. mjensen 03/02/2018

    so beautiful, some of my favorite flowers

  11. JoannaAtGinghamGardens 03/02/2018

    Holy cow, would I ever like to take a stroll through your gardens. Thank you for the virtual stroll anyway! Just beautiful!

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      bellarosa009 03/02/2018

      Thanks Joanna!!

  12. user-6881358 03/02/2018

    So pretty!! Thank you for sharing.

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    bellarosa009 03/02/2018

    Thank you everyone for all of the many wonderful compliments. This just made my day! Have a great garden season! Evelyn

  14. Meelianthus 03/02/2018

    Beautiful gardens Evelyn and breath-taking flowers. Enjoyed all of the mixtures and colors. What a joy on this cold NW day. :)

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      bellarosa009 03/03/2018

      Meelianthus, thank you so much!

  15. carolineyoungwilliams 03/07/2018

    Evelyn, I absolutely love your garden. My favorite garden style is Cottage and some of my favorite flowers are Roses, Peonies, Coneflowers, Bees Balm and Salvia. It is fascinating that we have the same plants -but OMG -your eye for design is amazing. Thank you for sharing your beautiful garden. It was such an inspiration. I look forward to seeing more of your Cottage Garden.

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      bellarosa009 03/08/2018

      Hi Caroline, that's my favorite style of gardening as well. Thank you for the kind words. Happy gardening! Evelyn

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