The pergola has two roses growing on it: one is the famous “Yellow Lady Banks” species rose. This tender, double Banksian rose is still to be found in the depths of China where it was discovered. The light yellow blooms of this rose are the first sign of spring in this garden. It is an exceptionally beautiful sight in mid-March. This rose is also nearly thornless.
The other rose growing on the pergola, toward the east end, is newly planted but, by the time it comes into its own, we may have to add a second story to the pergola. This is the ‘Peggy Martin Rose,’ the rose for New Orleans that survived Hurricane Katrina. It is as beautiful as it is strong.