I love my rose garden right now. Yes, it is overgrown and weedy. But it is still super.
The roses I have are Anne Boleyn, Charlotte, Munster Wood, Gertrude Jekyll, William Shakespeare, Rosemoor, The Pilgrim and Claire Austin (can’t all be seen in the pictures). The Pilgrim (yellow) and Claire Austin (white) are both meant to be climbers but I haven’t seen much evidence of that so far. I got them all as bare root plants from David Austin.
Although I like having a wildish rose garden, I think I will try the bark chippings in there when I give it a proper cleanout over the winter. I think that the weeds may be suppressing the roses and lavender and, as that is the point of the rose garden, it does seem a pity.