Sacramento Digs Gardening logo
Sacramento Digs Gardening Article
Your resource for Sacramento-area gardening news, tips and events

Articles Recipe Index Keyword Index Calendar Twitter Facebook Instagram About Us Contact Us

Heavenly scents in the cemetery

This rose is known as Upper Lake Cemetery Pink, a hybrid perpetual rose. These and others are now in full bloom at the Historic City Cemetery. (Photos: Debbie Arrington)

Gloire des Rosomanes, aka Ragged Robin
Heritage Rose Garden now in full bloom

If only photos could capture scent.

A spring stroll through the Heritage Rose Garden at Sacramento’s Historic City Cemetery fills the senses with dazzling color and heavenly fragrance.

Lady Hillingdon
Many of the collection’s 500-plus roses are now in bloom. Although events such as Open Gardens and monthly tours have been canceled or postponed, the cemetery itself remains open free to visitors daily.

While social distancing, a trip to the cemetery gardens can be invigorating. What will you see? Here’s a sample:

Gloire des Rosomanes – A found China rose from the Gold Rush town of Columbia, this variety is believed to trace back to 1825. It’s also known by its much more familiar nickname, Ragged Robin.

Lady Hillingdon – A golden tea rose with a heavenly scent, it was introduced in 1910.

Pagani Valley Yellow Banksiae
Pagani Valley Yellow Banksiae – A variation of the famous Lady Banks, this rose was discovered in Sonoma County. This spring, this impressive bush was covered with bloom.

Indica Major – This Odorata shrub dates from before 1811. It was discovered in San Andreas.

Mons. Tillier – A tea rose from 1891, this bush is amazingly fragrant. The big blooms are intensely pink.

Mme. Antoine Mari
Mme. Antoine Mari – This 1901 tea rose is a charming madam. She originally comes from Nice, France, but has earned many American (and modern) fans. This variety was named 2008 “Earth-Kind Rose of the Year” by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service.

Upper Lake Cemetery Pink (photo at top of post) – A hybrid perpetual, this found rose – discovered growing in the Upper Lake cemetery – most likely is a sport of La Reine, one of the most popular old garden roses.

Indica Major

Mons. Tillier


0 comments have been posted.

Newsletter Subscription

Sacramento Digs Gardening to your inbox.

Taste Spring! E-cookbook


Find our spring recipes here!

Local News

Ad for California Local

Thanks to our sponsor!

Summer Strong ad for

Dig In: Garden Checklist for week of April 7

The warm wave coming this week will shift weeds into overdrive. Get to work!

* Weed, weed, weed! Whack them before they flower.

* Mulch around plants to conserve moisture and control weeds.

* Smell orange blossoms? Feed citrus trees with a low dose of balanced fertilizer (such as 10-10-10) during bloom to help set fruit. Keep an eye out for ants.

* Apply slow-release fertilizer to the lawn.

* Thoroughly clean debris from the bottom of outdoor ponds or fountains.

* Spring brings a flush of rapid growth, and that means your garden is really hungry. Feed shrubs and trees with a slow-release fertilizer. Or mulch with a 1-inch layer of compost.

* Azaleas and camellias looking a little yellow? If leaves are turning yellow between the veins, give them a boost with chelated iron.

* Trim dead flowers but not leaves from spring-flowering bulbs such as daffodils and tulips. Those leaves gather energy to create next year's flowers. Also, give the bulbs a fertilizer boost after bloom.

* Pinch chrysanthemums back to 12 inches for fall flowers. Cut old stems to the ground.

* From seed, plant beans, beets, cantaloupes, carrots, corn, cucumbers, melons, radishes and squash. Plant onion sets.

* In the flower garden, plant seeds for asters, cosmos, celosia, marigolds, salvia, sunflowers and zinnias. Transplant petunias, zinnias, geraniums and other summer bloomers.

* Plant perennials and dahlia tubers for summer bloom. April is about the last chance to plant summer bulbs, such as gladiolus and tuberous begonias.

* Transplant lettuce and cabbage seedlings.

Taste Summer! E-cookbook


Find our summer recipes here!

Taste Fall! E-cookbook

Muffins and pumpkin

Find our fall recipes here!

Taste Winter! E-cookbook

Lemon coconut pancakes

Find our winter recipes here!