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The Cutting Garden

The cutting garden began its life as my formal rose garden.  The David Austin roses are stunning but when they are not in bloom the bushes tend to look gangly and just plain boring.   Since this is the main entry point for the backyard gardens I was wanting something with more year-round pizzazz. 

I did a slight redesign, removing a few of the pathways creating some larger beds to be the cutting garden.  The roses are still there, they now support the overall garden and no longer have to be the main act.   Included in the beds are dozens of peonies, dahlias and well as reseeding annuals such as dame's rocket, violas, cosmos, bachelor buttons, zinnias, cleomes and whatever grabs me at the seed rack. 

 

Old "rose garden" layout vs New "cutting garden with roses" layout