wisteria, sod or grassseed, roses


1 I have been in contact with you several times about a wisteria. It showed no sign of life for several weeks after the end of winter, then produced two small blooms with no leaves. After about another week the leaves started to appear and covered most of the vine. They looked healthy
for about a week but then shriveled up and fell off the vine until it was naked.

2 Because of the removal of two cedars due to construction we were left with a patch of bare
ground in the front garden. We would like to grow grass there.
Would you recommend sod or seed. Our front faces south and gets lots of sun.

3 We would like to grow climbing rose buses against the front wall of our house which faces south and gets lots of sun, Can you recommend a long-blooming rose?

With thanks.




Thank you for contacting us again, I think we tried to diagnose your wisteria problem in early July. Sounds like it was impacted by the tough¬† winter and tried to put out new growth in it’s compromised state. Have a look at this question about leaf drop. It addresses other factors that may be at play:


Have you looked to see if there is still life in the stems? If there is then perhaps not all is lost. I had a similar problem with a clematis vine. Last year it was quite pathetic and showed little signs of life. Luckily this year it is almost back to full health.

You ask about sod or seed. Please see a previous question where we provided pros and cons for both. This should help you with your decision. Late summer is a good time for this project.

There are so many climbing and rambling roses that will be happy on a south wall in full sun. Climbing roses generally have larger flowers which are held singly or in small groups, compared to the clusters of small flowers characteristic of ramblers. Most climbing roses have the ability to repeat flower after their first flush of bloom. Here are a few suggestions:

Rosa ‘New Dawn’ – blush pink, vigorous

Rosa ‘Alchymist’- yellow, full open rosettes

Rosa’Mme Alfred Carriere’- white to blush pink, excellent repeat flowering