Although this nursery in Brenham is named Antique Rose Emporium, there is so much more there than roses.
Like these Cleome Spider Flowers (Cleome hasslerana). It’s an annual that reseeds. Every time I see them, I promise myself that I’ll order seeds and try them.
Notice the white rose buds to the left of the picture. One reason I enjoy this nursery so much is how they mix roses with other flowers.
Not sure what these small flowers are.
Lots of garden art from small gnomes to larger objects create odd and interesting vingettes.
These are some fancy, feathery Dianthus.
Wish I knew where they buy all their unusual yard art because they don’t have it for sale.
Pretty sure this is Zexmenia, a hardy Texas native with low water requirement.
How about this strange combination. But it works. What is that old contraption?
Dwarf Mexican Petunias (Ruellia brittoniana) circle behind the angel. They are a Texas Superstar plant and are not as aggressive as the taller ones.
Unfortunately, they never seem to have these Celosia from the Amaranth family for sale.
I also like the cluttered look of the flowerbeds. Beware, Neat Freaks, this is probably not your kind of place.
These are huge Morning Glories.
Really like the stacked pots. These suckers are heavy, so where ever they are positioned is permanent. Couldn’t quite figure out how the top pot is elevated.
Airy Cosmos always provide fun movement in the garden. I’m also going to give these a try. But they need some space.
Every time we’ve visited this nursery, seasonal annuals are planted around this lady. Can’t decide if these are a new type of mum or marigold. Maybe neither.
The nursery acquired its name from the fact that antique roses were all they sold at the beginning of the business. The owner was one of the original Rose Rustlers in Texas that propagated roses from those in cemeteries and old homesteads. Those were treasured because they had scents, were hardy in unforgiving weather, and lasted decades after they were planted.
Now, the owner has branched out to some new roses that are scented and hardy. He has hybridized a few himself and has recently hired a young man to extent their efforts with some new methods.
“Vulgarity is no substitute for wit.” unknown