An Arboretum Rose Garden

Morris Arboretum, Rosa 'Wild Blue Yonder'

Grandiflora Rosa 'Wild Blue Yonder' at the Morris Arboretum

In between visiting Out on a Limb and the Summer Palace at the Morris Arboretum two weekends ago, I spent some time in the Rose Garden. Given the lateness of the summer and the horribly high temperatures the Eastern Seaboard experienced this year, I didn’t expect it to look like much. Fortunately, I was wrong.

OK, I have to admit that the roses weren’t prolifically blooming, but they had been carefully deadheaded and here and there beautiful flowers caught my eye. I’m usually not one for multi-colored roses, but the grandiflora rose ‘Wild Blue Yonder’ shown above was quite eye-catching, with hints of blue in some of the older blossoms. I have a soft spot for grandifloras since they bloom for such a long period, even if their individual blossoms aren’t huge.

What I enjoyed the most, however, was drinking in the overall slightly blowsy, high-summer feel of the garden and seeing what companion plants had been placed in it, to complement the roses. There was the obligatory central-splashing-fountain, attracting children and adults alike,

Morris Arboretum, Rose Garden

but my eyes kept returning to fennel plants in flower, rising up around Cotinus  branches whose dark color provided the perfect foil to the golden and gold-brown tones of the fennel.

Morris Arboretum, Rose Garden, fennel

Fennel flower heads in bloom

In addition to the fennel, there was a great blue salvia in bloom.

Morris Arboretum, Rose Garden

A strong blue salvia complementing some of the late-season roses in bloom at the Morris Arboretum Rose Garden

In the nooks and crannies of the stone walls at the entrance to the garden were sedums and other rock-garden types of plants, softening the stone and giving visitors more details to notice.

Morris Arboretum, Rose Garden

Trailing sedums in the Rose Garden

The overall views were pretty impressive.

Morris Arboretum, Rose Garden

The entry steps to the Rose Garden, flanked by stone retaining walls, with Perovskia and red roses in the foreground.

Morris Arboretum, Rose Garden

The "wide" view, with grasses, perennials and roses still going strong.

At the rear of the garden, tucked away in a corner, there was a small gazebo, through which you could admire the stone pots planted with simple white annuals, which helped define the boundaries of the garden.

Morris Arboretum, Rose Garden, Gazebo

Note the beautifully-carved wooden ceiling of the gazebo. Another unexpected treasure for the observant visitor!

After the Rose Garden, I headed on to Chanticleer, where I spent a number of hours that evening and the next morning taking in its own special summer beauties. Soon, a post on that – but this weekend I’m in Connecticut to see some Open Days gardens in Litchfield County, so I’m not sure which I’ll write about next!

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2 Comments on “An Arboretum Rose Garden”


  1. It’s a photo opportunity at every turn. Great shots!

    • Melissa Says:

      Wow, thank you so much for the comment! I enjoyed reading your post on wishing you had a macro lens – they are great but have their limitations so look before you leap to buy one. Extension tubes may be a good option – check them out! And thanks for stopping by.


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