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Roses are not difficult at all. They are as Michael said "tough as old boots". What does happen is we generalize roses as if they are all the same. There are over 350 species of roses and tens of thousands of cultivated varieties. Many of those roses need different climates or soils to do their best. If you give them close to what they want they thrive and reward you with blooms.
There is no plant here at Natchez Glen that I have a more complicated relationship with than Paeonia, the peony. I love that moment in spring where their goblet-shaped flowers develop and grab attention from all the other plants. I hate when that moment is over. And in warm climates in can, in fact, be only a moment. They do very little the rest of the year. So the question becomes, is it worth it? The answer is yes, no, and it depends.
Here we have a huge group with plants in it that grow and behave totally different from each other. Which illustrates why it's so important to know the stories of the plants we grow. I'm going to focus on some of my favorite Anemones but keep in mind this is a huge family of plants to discover.
So how far apart do you plant plants? The answer, of course, is it depends. Two fast-growing David Austin rose varieties need to be planted far enough apart where they won't completely collide with each other in a fight to the death. Unless that's what you're looking to do. However, Echinacea purpureum 'Ruby Star' should, in fact, be planted 8-12" only apart from Allium 'Summer Beauty'. The two work well near each other and will not fight to the death, but live happily together after swiping right on Tinder.