Why in the sentence "Ce jardin est rempli de rosiers, de dalhias et de lauriers" do we use "de" instead of "des"?

I would figure that the garden is full of roses (plural)? Or is it dependent on the sentence's subject?

marked as duplicate by sumelic, lemon, Toto, Anne Aunyme, Gilles Oct 17 '17 at 17:51

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    "des" is not a preposition. It is either a contraction of the prepostion "de" and the definite plural article "les", or it is an indefinite plural article (this is a specialized function of the word that etymologically derives from the contraction). "rempli des rosiers" would mean "full of the rose bushes". That is an odd thing to say; "full of rose bushes" is more common, and in French as in English, the indefinite plural is simply indicated in this context by using no article. – sumelic Oct 17 '17 at 2:48