Few plants are as versatile providing varying growth habits, heights, foliage and form.
All roses need sunlight and shelter, as well as fertile well-draining soil to flourish. Take care when choosing where to position plants in your garden, avoid deep shade or over crowded beds and be sure to avoid replanting new roses where old plants have grown for a couple of seasons or more.
Always clear the soil before planting to ensure the young roses don’t have any competition for light, moisture and nutrients.
When selecting your rose, make sure you choose a healthy plant: they should have at least two or three strong firm shoots and a good network of roots. Foliage should be vigorous and of a good colour.
Do not plant your rose if the ground is too wet, frozen of over-dry. Container roses can be left in there pots for up to three weeks before planting as long as they are watered and protected from frost.
Ensure your container rose is well watered before planting, gently loosen the roots and snip away any damage to the plant’s shoots.
The planting hole should be wide enough to comfortably accommodate the root ball and deep enough so when planted the bud union, where the shoots meet at the base, is about 2.5 cm below the surface level.
Roses are deep rooted so it is essential the soil is well prepared and dug to a sufficient depth. Loosen the sub soil at the bottom of the hole to allow the roots to easily bed in.
Add your fertilizer to the hole before placing the plant into the centre and filling in with soil, I’d recommend planting with well rotted farm manure and either bonemeal or rootgrow. Gently tread the rose into place, taking care not to damage the plant, and water well.
Pick of the Bunch
For the prettiest, sweetest smelling blooms you can’t do much better then David Austin’s exclusive Gertrude Jekyll
. Twice voted the nation’s favourite rose, David Austin give it their highest fragrance rating of 5. Available at the Garden Centre for £19.99
This year’s Rose of the Year Scent From Heaven
is a salmon orange climbing rose with good fragrance and is ideal for growing up a wall or fence and fan training out. Available at the Garden Centre for £11.99
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