She wasn't always picking disease-resistant types, however, and Ohio had some pests she hadn't experienced in Florida, such as rose midges, which she now controls with a soil drench. She was learning that there was a lot more to growing roses than she'd initially thought, which only stirred her curiosity more. "I'm kind of a learning junkie," she says. "For years, I read only books about roses."
Shown: A 'Jude the Obscure' shrub rose, yellow yarrow, and purple catmint form a classic cottage-garden combination.