Thoughts on these Teas and Austins
I'm looking at a total (enforced) front yard redo because of a county water project. I will have the large center bed in my yard cleared of the huge overwhelming junipers that were planted there by the builder. I have put some roses there but between the junipers and the cherry tree (which will also be removed) and the thick sticky clay soil, they haven't done well.
Because this area is right in front and close to the street, I was thinking of doing mostly teas and other large shrubs as sort of a counter to the usual KOs that most landscapers would use in this type of spot. I do have these teas/ogrs in pots that I may use:
Mutabalis (which I will probably put in the back in the butterfly garden, which is also being dug up)
These are some of the roses I have there now :
Frankly Scarlett (3)
Baronne Prevost (3)
This is my 'wish list' of teas/Austins that I want to add:
Won Fan Yon
Etoile de Lyon
Lady of Shalott
I'm looking to see the mature sizes of the teas/austins to better plan this bed. Also which ones are good performers, if they ball or are thrip magnets (I already have enough of those, thanks!) rebloom and fragrance (PdO in a tiny pot can already scent a good size area, which is another reason I want to use it in the front). Also disease resistance.
I am also considering climbing SdlM and possibly Alchemist on pillars. I've read that Alchemist is a once bloomer, is that true? Would these roses go well on pillars.
Also, what companion plants would go well? I'm sure this bed will take awhile to be mature, so I'll need something to fill in while that happens. I am replacing the tree, but it will be pushed to the extreme right of the bed, out of the range of the new easement so it will not have to be dug up again. I'm thinking of a dogwood or flowering crab apple. I will put azaleas or other shrubs under the tree.
This spot gets full sun, 10 hours in the summer and the soil is clay, which I hope to amend after the digging is done (it may even be better that it is now since they will 'till' the clay up when they dig) and I hope to also add a drip irrigation system in the bed.
Thanks in advance!