The first summer, the climbing rosebush didn't bloom at all. So I chopped it down that fall and threatened it. I told it that if it didn't bloom the next year, I would dig it up and get rid of it. Threatening worked. Now it's HUGE and covered with buds.
At first, when I moved in, I intended for that strip to be my mint bed (it's surrounded on all sides by concrete) but after the first year, all the mint except for the mountain mint died out. The mountain mint is still going strong, but it gets rather tall and it's stinky and it attracts flies. I think I'm going to move it.
But I'd like to plant something in the strip along with the two rosebushes. My problem is that I don't want it to be edible, because of the gas meter, and I also want it to be fairly drought tolerant, because I don't want to have to keep watering it throughout the summer. A perennial would be great, though, so I don't have to think about it. Better yet, something that doesn't spread like mint. (I think the mint just didn't have enough room to spread out. It almost made it across the sidewalk that first year.)
I would plant more rosebushes there, but I'm sure my gas meter reader hates me already, since the climbing rosebush is almost covering the gas meter, and I don't want to push my luck. And I'm not sure there's really enough space to support the climbing rosebush, which is almost one story high, and the bush rosebush, which decided this year to put out a lot of new growth, and more rosebushes in that same spot.
(I'm not even going to get into the reasons why anyone would put a climbing rosebush so close to a main thoroughfare and not expect disaster to happen when it decides to grow Very Big Very Quickly!)
Here's a picture from last year that pretty much explains the situation. You can see the mint on either side. There's nothing in the middle so far this year. The rosebush is seriously twice this size now.
Any suggestions? :)