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A Rose Garden Near Rome

by Ida Tonini

For the full text of this article see The Mediterranean Garden No 54, October 2008

At Valleranello, just a few kilometres from the Colosseum, in the campagna romana, Maresa Del Bufalo has created a rose garden of great beauty. She fell in love with roses years ago when she visited the collection of Professor Fineschi at Cavriglia in Arezzo. Today in Maresa’s garden a huge collection of roses – some of them hybrids created here – climb host trees or ramble over a gazebo in a profusion of colours and scents.

Rosa gallica ‘Violacea’ and Prunus subhirtella ‘Pandora’ covered
with R. ‘Valleranello’, bred at Valleranello, with pink and red
on either side.

A wrought iron well-head covered with Rosa ‘Daniela’,
bred at Valleranello. The tree is Aesculus x carnea.

Rosa ‘Angela’  between two specimens of R. ‘Sally Holmes’  against a
background of Melia azederach with R. ‘Paul’s Himalayan Musk Rambler’
and a cistus.

Foreground:  Rosa ‘The Garland’ growing on an ornamental cherry.
Background:  R. ‘Luciano Del Bufalo Junior’, bred at Valleranello.

On the left the grey foliage of Olearia x scilloniensis and Rosa ‘Elmshorn’;
on the right Berberis thunbergii ‘Atropurpurea’; in the background on the
left  R. ‘Rush’,  R. ‘Rodologo Gianfranco Fineschi’,  R. ‘Sally Holmes’, and
in the centre R. ‘Narrow Water’.

Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabella’, flowering Acanthus and a gazebo
covered in Rosa ‘Ethel’.
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