Last summer I bought a beautiful home in Tacoma with a beautiful yard. The last owner was a major gardener. He was, apparently, out in his yard almost every day (according to my sweet, but nosey neighbor) and LOVED his roses! Seriously. There are so many roses. I've counted 80+ and keep finding more tucked away in corners! There are 40 roses on the side of the house that I didn't even know were there until after we closed!
I know. I'm naive.
After I moved in, my gardening was pretty much just clear out the dead stuff and trim down the roses, but now that I'm settled, I'd like to make the yard my own. First step is removing most of the roses. They're nice but allergies and a dog who keeps getting stuck on the thorns make them a no go. I'd like to maybe keep 10 of them.
I'd love some tips for replacements! My ideal is something that's native or thrives in the PNW that requires limited attention. As much as I like flowers, I'm super allergic to anything very fragrant. I have some dahlia bulbs and poppies to plant but I'm looking for bush and shrub ideas for the areas where the rose bushes are currently. Looking for something hardy and longterm.
Any tips for someone who's only cared for houseplants before this would be super helpful!