The Rose garden of rectangular beds is as much the joy of many Rose growers as ever it was, but the Rose garden of varied and picturesque features is growing rapidly in favour.
There is no need to extol the one at the expense of the other. They have to be regarded from totally different standpoints. For the exhibitor, who wishes to grow a limited number of very fine flowers, a series of rectangles, affording facilities for the ready inspection of every plant - nay, of every stem and leaf - and for rapid, straightforward cultural operations, are convenient and suitable. For the decorative gardener beds of various shapes, banks, arches, hedges, and pergolas are necessary to get the desired effects.
Variety of treatment adds immensely to the interest and beauty of Rose gardens. It gets the grower a little closer to Nature. True, she does not decorate her demesne with galvanised wire arches at four and sixpence apiece, and it is greatly to be feared that many evil deeds are perpetrated by the "natural" gardener. But Roses sprawling along a pergola certainly have a more natural appearance than a parallelogram of standards.