Replace roses with ... What?
Continuing with Sammy's No Spray Garden thread ...
I am not going no spray yet, but I am spraying very infrequently.
There are some roses that I am not happy with and this year I am going to go through my garden picking which ones to SP. I originally thought that I would replace every sp'd rose with a blueberry bush, but I hate the thought of someone accidentally eating a ripe blueberry without washing it first, since I will still spray fungicides occasionally.
So if you were taking 10% or so of your roses out of the garden, what would you replace them with? I need something with a definate presence, like an evergreen, but I can't think of any evergreens that are 5' / 4' or so. I don't want anything that I have to prune.
It is easy to imagine some of my smaller roses replaced by a gold spirea, or something, but what about the medium sized ones?
In one case the offending rose (Eureka) is dividing 2 paths. I'd like something with enough substance to define the 2 paths.
In another case the offending rose (Welwyn Garden Glory) is hiding the raspberry trellis that is behind it.
Please don't suggest more disease resistant roses, because there are over 150 roses here already, and most are teas and chinas. But between the beetles in the summer and the mildew in the spring and the canker and everything else that goes with roses, I am just ready to replace the bad ones with an entirely different sort of plant.
What do you think?