Potted Shrub Roses for Instant Color
small space to plant or little time to garden? Then
look no further than a shrub rose. A potted Star®
Landscape Shrub Rose blooms from spring well into fall
frost with little care for year-round color and non-stop
roses look beautiful cascading from a hanging basket
or spilling over the sides of a container either alone
or mixed with perennials or annuals. They are "user-friendly."
to Bruce Butterfield of the American Gardening Association,
shrub roses are one of the hottest trends in gardening
of shrub roses as a flowering plant -- not a rose,"
Butterfield says. "You don't have to have a green thumb
to make them grow. Just plant in a sunny spot, water
them and watch them grow. They are the perfect plant
for today's busy homeowners."
are some easy ways to create instant color in your garden
or on your patio or deck.
several containers of the new super hardy raspberry
pink AARS winner 'Knock Out' for a dramatic effect.
Knock Out with its bright yellow sister Carefree
Sunshine, new for 2001, for a cheerful display.
a large container with white Ice Meidiland®
and red-hot Fire Meidiland® with blue ageratum
for a patriotic Fourth of July planting.
a half-barrel of two plants of Carefree Delight™
underplanted with colorful annual foliage.
mauve pink Fuchsia Meidiland®, creamy white
Mystic Meidiland® and pink Magic Meidiland®
do beautifully in hanging baskets.
how to pot up shrub roses:
are thirsty plants so Butterfield recommends using
large, self-watering containers. This reduces
stress of going from dry to wet.
a good peat based planting mix with water crystal,
such as PRO-MIX® Hanging Basket & Planter
Mix. These crystals absorb and store water until
plant roots need it. You water your plants about
half as often.
the drainage hole with a stone or a potshard and
add a little moistened mix. Place the plant on
the mixture and fill up to the little knobby spot
above the roots.
gently and thoroughly to settle the mix around
plant roots and to saturate crystals to maximum
capacity. Water thoroughly again in a few hours
and keep moist for the first several weeks after
your container as you would the garden. Mulching
buffers the cycle from wet to dry, keeps the feeder
roots from drying out and helps to establish the
contains enough starter fertilizer to help plants
acclimate to their new pot but after a few weeks,
sprinkle a slow-release or timed fertilizer on
top of the container and water. This is better
than hitting them with a dose of liquid fertilizer.
planting containers, think easy care Star® Shrub
roses for long lasting, maintenance free color.
find out more about these and other fine Star® Roses,
or to find a garden center near you, visit www.starroses.com.