1. The fact of two things being seen or placed closeÂ togetherÂ with contrasting effect.Â
“The juxtaposition of country & tropical creates a marshmallow garden world.”
Shown above is aÂ Proven WinnerÂ genus of plants in the mallow family,Â MalvaceaeÂ knownÂ for large showy flowers simply known as hibiscus, less widely known as ‘rose mallow‘. The magical quality of the hibiscus enchants me to sing out loud, “A Marshmallow World.”
Most of the mallows from the hibiscus (also known as ‘rose mallow’) have been used as food recorded throughout history by early classic writers. A dish of ‘marsh mallow’ considered an edible vegetable during Roman times was considered a delicacy. According to WikipediaÂ Prosper Alpinus stated in 1592 that a plant of the rose mallow kind was eaten by the Egyptians. Many of the poorer inhabitants of the world have subsisted for weeks on herbs, of which marsh mallow is one of the most common.
The juxtaposed look of country; the little red barn & tropical the; the ‘Rose Mallows’ give the garden a Marshmallow World effect. You too can have a Marshmallow World. I love these Proven Winners Summerific ‘Rose Mallow’ plants, don’t you?
One qustion I am ask frequently is “what’s a great climbing rose?” Here are three early spring blooming climbing roses. Two that are as “big as a barn.” One is a compact ‘mysterious deep smoky purple that’s simply a stunner!
1. Above and Beyond’ LCI
It is winter hardy, no-spray, minimal care and so enchantingly fragrant. Although it blooms just once a year in the spring, its worth having just for this spectacular bloom.
2. ‘Nevada’ Hybrid Moyesii
Blooms twice per year, white in the spring, pink in the fall!
When the gentle spring breeze blows its petals appear to look as if the entire bush is filled with butterflies. The fragrance is divine.
3. ‘Stormy Weather’ LCI Large Flowered Climber
Mid-size climber with full size roses, 8-10 feet
Repeat blooms in uncommon intense color, creating the perfect contrast w/oranges, reds, whites & yellows.