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Jun 28, 2018 6:44 AM CST
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East TN (Zone 7a)
Please forgive my silly title. I thought that this might be a fun topic and I could use some new ideas. I grow a combination of old and modern roses and have combined them with varying degrees of success. It isn't hard when the old and new roses are similar in form and color but some of mine are not. Ideas?
Jun 28, 2018 4:25 PM CST
Coastal Southern California (Zone 13a)
It's not just a matter of old vs. new. It's more the variation between different plant types and habits.

I tend to put things where ever they will fit in, and not worry about it.
Jun 28, 2018 5:13 PM CST
Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
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I do the same. I buy a rose and then look for a space big enough to hold it.

I don't worry about clashing colors because I firmly believe that nothing in nature clashes. There are color combinations in my garden that I would never want inside my house, but home decor follows different rules. I try not to plant two roses with fairly identical blooms next to each other. I want each rose bush to stand out as something unique and not get lost in a bed of other roses of the same color.
Jun 28, 2018 5:58 PM CST
Name: Bonnie
I agree with Jeri and Zuzu, I don't worry about colors clashing and all my beds have a mix of old and modern. I have a space now behind SDLM that could use a new rose so I might not put another light pink there because I wouldn't want to have the two blend.
Jun 28, 2018 8:34 PM CST
Name: Amanda
KC metro area, Missouri (Zone 6a)
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I am trying to make it my goal that none of the roses in the back are the same color. So far I have a purplish red, white, pure red, creamy pink, orangey salmon and pink white.

Names in order are:

Souv du Docteur Jamain
Sir Thomas Lipton
Oh My
Souvenir De Baden Baden
Gebrüder Grimm
Betty Boop

Not mentioned is Double Delight and Zephirine Drouhin. Bought both as bag roses this year. If they survive winter, great, if not, no biggie, easy to replace. Big Grin
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