Blooming now in Joene’s Garden in Connecticut, the ever blooming shrub rose from Star Roses, ‘Mystic Meidiland’.
This shrub rose managed to survive multiple deer meals during the many years it lived in an unfenced bed. It was a constant battle to keep deer from munching the leaves and blossoms from this plant. It is now enjoying its third season in a new location, a perennial bed within our fenced back yard. Its purple companions are scabiosa ‘Butterfly Blue’ and lavender that is just about ready to open.
The shrub is happier now, growing fuller each year. It carries only a slight scent and should top out at 3 or 4 feet in height and width.
With a spring topdressing of compost, intermittent foliar spraying with diluted fish emulsion through the growing season, occasional watering with a weak solution of leftover black coffee, and removal of spent blossoms to encourage continued flowering, this shrub will bloom all summer through first freeze. Toward late summer I leave a few blooms on the shrub to form rose hips to view during winter from my kitchen window.
Connecticut-grown roses are spectacular this year. They seem to have enjoyed the mild winter and ample spring rain.