We know very little about the gardens and grounds at Rosedale during the lifetime of Archibald Frew. The gardens may have been similar to a plan for Mountain Shoal's Plantation in Spartanburg County, South Carolina, built around 1818-1823 and currently occupied by a descendent of the original builder, James Nesbitt. The garden at this plantation depicts the type of garden popular before it became fashionable for gardens to bloom all year. The main walks are bordered by boxwood.
One can perceive that spring was a long and lovely time full of fragrances and brightly flowered bulbs, early-blooming shrubs, and purple and gray violets. Summer brought roses, gardenias, Cape jasmine and the scent of box (boxwood). The end of summer brought lilies, crepe myrtle and members of the amaryllis family. With groundcovers like periwinkle, borders of thrift and pinks, and edgings of box, the garden plan was secure throughout the year. The walk to the "necessary" was lined with box and planted with bulbs to make passage pleasant.
Another plan of a documented southern garden, located at the Hermitage in Nashville, Tennessee, was built by Andrew Jackson in 1819. Memories are of "old-fashioned pinks, peonies, verbenae, poppies, sunflowers, hyacinths and tulips." One of Jackson's roses was the "Cherikee Rose," which arrived from China and became so well acclimatized that it was considered wild all across the south. Its name was derived from the Indians Jackson fought. Other memories include fig bushs, flowering almond, cedar and magnolias.