As much as I admire roses like Lady Banksia, that heralds spring with its early flowers, I truly enjoy the late-blooming roses that save their “song and dance” until all others have performed. Caldwell Pink is the star of the early summer bloomers, flowering in late May and June, when kids don swimming suits and neighbors take refuge on shady porches. As the pace and intensity of spring calms down, it is nice to see this beauty in the garden, blooming away.
In addition, we will begin to see early summer vines appear in garden centers for planting. Sky vine (Thunbergia), solanum, purple potato vine, and purple passion vine ‘Incense’ are all excellent choices for continuous summer bloom. Your garden will be greatly enhanced by these beautiful climbers, whether intermingled with climbing roses or used alone over trellises, arbors and fences.
About the author: Mike Shoup is the owner of the Antique Rose Emporium. Visit ARE’s web site at www.weAREroses.com, and their Brenham and San Antonio display gardens for endless ideas on landscaping with roses.