Two of my prairie roses (Rosa setigera) that I started from seed a few years ago have grown together to form a solid hedge over 25 feet long. I love it! The smaller silvery plant is front is our native Mountain Mint (Pycnanthemum incana). The foliage has a wonderfully minty fragrance, and I wanted something that could take competition, was tough, and attracted a lot of pollinators. Both Niche Gardens and the NC Botanical Garden have written about how mints attract many different types of insects, so I wanted to try it. As a bonus, I love how the silvery foliage looks with the pink roses.
I've started several other R. setigera from seed; this one is about 3 years old. All are next to the driveway above the house, mixed in with American Beautyberries, Elderberries, (Pokeberries ~ in parentheses because I'm not sure I want them to be there... love the look of the berries but not the rest of the plant), rugosas, mints, Monarda, Blue Mist Shrub, a Vitex tree, and a couple of Baptisia, the dryland B. tinctoria and B. sphaerocarpa .
The flowers are lovely in all stages of aging, appearing a bright clear pink in sunlight and lilac-pink at dusk. They lack only fragrance.
I also grow another Prairie Rose (Rosa arkansana) that I started from seed from Prairie Moon Nursery. A much smaller rose and sweetly fragrant, this rose will repeat while R. setigera is a once bloomer. The flower color ranges from pale to deep pink.
We got almost 2" of rain over the weekend, much needed, and a lot of lightening too. All of our buildings have lightening rods on them, to ground any lightening strikes, but close strikes are still scary. We are expecting cooler temps this week, also much needed, and will be a nice change from the roasting pan of the last two weeks!
Blogger is still apparently having problems; if you don't have a pop-up window for comments or the option for anonymous posters to leave their name and url, I can't leave a comment on your blog. *update* Rose told me that a way around the problem is not to check the box to stay signed in when logging in to comment ~ worked like a charm. Thank you Rose!