Answer: Perusing a copy of Rocky Mountain Gardener Magazine, I came across an article on shrub roses written by Dr. Wm. Campbell, owner of the High Country Rosarium (1717 Downing St., Denver, CO 80218). His catalog of over 400 hardy roses is a good place to start, since I can think of no Victorian garden that would lack roses! Another issue features hollyhocks and mallows that are drought tolerant and hardy. (Obviously, this magazine is filled with info for YOU - your library may have a subscription, but in case you want one for yourself, here's their address: Westwind Publishing, PO Box 18537, Boulder, CO 80308, ph# 303/499-3228, website http://www.rmlife.com/.)
Other Victorian musts that are drought-tolerant and hardy: lupines, liatris, stonecrop, evening primrose, phlox, achillea (look for the variety 'Victorian Shades'), Verbascum 'Southern Charm', Shasta Daisy, Peonies, Alyssum 'Basket of Gold', Daylily (tall ones in lemony shades). You'll increase the success of all your Victorian beauties if you first build soil deeply with with compost, leaf mold, etc., to ensure good moisture retention and adequate drainage, and make sure the soil pH is slightly acidic (6.0-6.5), which your veggies will also appreciate. Enjoy!
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