As the artist in your garden, you'll find the Canadian Artists series of roses fun and easy to use in almost any composition.
The Canadian Artists series of roses are bred for toughness and to give their all throughout the growing seasons, so even the simplest combinations will showcase the intense beauty of these roses. Here's an easy garden creation that works great!
Try the Artists roses next to bright golden black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia spp.), tough and recurrent bloomers like 'Stella D'Oro' daylily (Hemerocallis) that stay in their place, and tall dark blue and purple delphiniums that will top 'Emily Carr' and give it a chance to shine against their cutleaf look and yet offset the bright pinks of 'Felix Leclerc'. Or, try under-planting with a few cushion spurge (Euphorbia polychroma) whose bright chartreuse globes enchant and rivet your attention in spring, then offer you an apricot-red show when the weather turns cold. This would be an outstanding combination with the golden autumn leaf look of 'Emily Carr'.
If Victorian boldness is more your style of flair, add strong tropical elements to both 'Emily Carr' and 'Felix Leclerc' by placing taller, coarser-leaved potted banana trees next to them, or in harsher climates, rhubarb's reddish tinted spring leaves to highlight the clean, green leaves of the roses. Go for the jugular and add bright colours against 'Felix Leclerc' to create a circus environment or give it international flair. 'Emily Carr' does particularly well paired with the two-toned yellow and apricot flowers of 'Morden Sunrise', but would be equally at ease anchoring a wall or tall fence to lower foundation plantings.
Design Ideas For Emily Carr
For a Formal Rose Garden look, try 'Emily Carr's' tall stature as a focal point surrounded by 'Morden Fireglow' (Parkland), 'Cuthbert Grant' (Parkland), 'Alexander McKenzie' (Explorer) or 'My Hero' (Easy Elegance) roses as intermediate height. More adventurous gardeners may wish to add a few hybrid teas like 'Chrysler Imperial' and 'Intrigue' to balance the design. Surround the bed with an unusual herb that can be both medium in height and/or clipped to shape - Hyssop officinalis - which features intense blue flowers that will attract bees to your roses!
'Coral' lilac leaves are seersucker and coarse, offsetting the smooth leaves of the rose. Finer-foliaged shrubs like potentillas or 'Hakuro Nishiki' and 'Dwarf Blue' arctic willows create ethereal grace. As a mass planting, 'Emily Carr' rose makes a bold statement especially when paired with 'Karl Foerster' grassy verticals.
Design Ideas For Felix Leclerc
Use a medium sized under-planting to offset the colour of Felix Leclerc's blooms, something like the vividness of 'Kobold' liatris, 'Neon' sedum spectabilis or the subtle greys of lamb's ears (Stachys byzantina) or the large Artemisia family, to draw the eyes to the flowers above the foliage. If you wish, you can also have more pink flowers towards the front and sides of the rose bush to mirror the colour such as zonal geraniums (Pelargonium spp.), petunias (the 'Daddy series' in particular that has a sheen and mottling in the colouring), vincas, pentas, gauras; and in perennials, look for shorter, but spreading creeping phlox (P. subulata), double pinks (Dianthus gratianopolitanus 'Tiny Rubies' or D. x allwoodii hybrids) or taller windflowers like the grapeleaf anemone (Anemone tomentosa 'Robutissima').