Beautiful flowers and possibly the most popular of garden plants, Roses
These beautiful plants come in a rainbow of colours and smell fantastic. They can grow in a variety of locations, in borders, pots, over arches, climbing walls and can offer good ground cover. They are easy to grow and if looked after can live for a very long time.
Roses will grow in almost any well drained soil. Planting with a good compost will give them a head start.
Decide on the variety of rose you would like, taking into account which is best suited to where it will be placed, in a container on a sun soaked patio or on a shaded wall. There are many varieties to choose from.
With their deep roots, once established they can survive naturally from the moisture present in the soil, but watering is advised for the first few years in dry spells.
Roses in containers will need regular watering to ensure the compost never dries out. Take care as with any potted plant, the roots will rot if over-watered.
Roses are hungry plants and respond well to regular feeding of general rose fertiliser, usually every fortnight for a container from mid-spring to late summer. Use a general-purpose liquid fertilizer until flowering buds appear then move over to a high potassium liquid fertilizer. Tomato feed is good.
Once fertilizer has been added add mulch, ensuring the rose stems are left clear.
The Mulch will help control the weeds, but remove any you do find carefully as some roots of roses come up near to the surface. A good ground cover plant will also help with keeping the weeds back.
Be careful with the use of weed-killers, as these can be taken up by the rose suckers and cause severe damage. If you need to use one, use a contact weed-killer.
Roses should be dead-headed after flowering, but only on plants that don’t produce attractive seed-pods after flowering.
There is nothing more delicious than the scent of the rose. Successfully grown the sweet perfume can transform a summer garden.
Here are 9 varieties best for scent:
- Louise Odier
- Madame Isaac
- De Resht
- Madame Alfred
- Gertrude Jekyll
- Sir Frederick Ashton
- Professeur Emile Perrot
Their latin name is Rosa
They can grow as shrubs, ramblers, climbers and ground cover
They flower summer to late autumn
Ideally plant late autumn early spring
They can grow in both light and shady spots
Mostly hardy, but some are also frost hardy
Easy to grow