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It has been called “the queen of vines.” With its lush foliage and wide variation in flower colors and sizes, the clematis has easily earned that title and a spot in the garden. Carol Newcomb enjoys sharing her love of clematis. As owner of Northland Rosarium, 9405 S. Williams Lane in southwest Spokane County, she carries about 50 varieties of these amazing vines and knows firsthand how rewarding it is to grow them. “Clematis is a large, diverse group of plants that will grow from 12 inches up to 20 feet and comes in all sorts of different colors,” she...

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  In the Garden Fragrance is often sacrificed by breeders seeking to create disease-free roses. But Kordes roses, in addition to high marks for being disease resistant, also produce beautiful fragrance and colors. Breeders of disease-free roses often sacrifice fragrance in order to achieve disease resistance. While researching roses for her new book to be released later this year, Nita Jo Rountree discovered a line of roses that offer both fragrance and disease resistance that are becoming available at a few select nurseries in our area. The breeders of Kordes roses list disease resistance as their top priority; however, they...

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Northland Rosarium owner found inspiration abroad for her gardens When you hear the words “English garden,” many pictures come to mind. After all, we Americans have been fascinated with them for centuries. Carol Newcomb has been to England twice and her mind is filled with many beautiful images of the gardens she has toured. As owner of Northland Rosarium in southwest Spokane County, she was particularly interested in seeing roses but was instantly taken with everything she saw in those gardens. “For me, the term ‘English garden’ brings to mind a glorious lushness, edged by borders of boxwood, wonderful vistas...

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Get to planting the garden you've always dreamed up with help from Northland Rosarium It was Abraham Lincoln who said, "We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses." The rose is one of those flowers that has been revered and misunderstood through time. They are a symbol of love, friendship and beauty. But roses aren't the difficult children in the garden that many think them to be. Carol Newcomb, 62, owner of Northland Rosarium, invites everyone to explore the many possibilities of the rose and how it may suit you and your landscaping....

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