Potted Shrub Roses for Instant Color

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Potted Shrub Roses for Instant Color

Have

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

blooming

Shrub

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.”

According

to Bruce Butterfield of the American Gardening Association,

shrub roses are one of the hottest trends in gardening

today.

“Think

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.”

Here

are some easy ways to create instant color in your garden

or on your patio or deck.

    • Cluster

      several containers of the new super hardy raspberry

      pink AARS winner ‘Knock Out’ for a dramatic effect.

    • Mix

      Knock Out with its bright yellow sister Carefree

      Sunshine, new for 2001, for a cheerful display.

    • Fill

      a large container with white Ice Meidiland®

      and red-hot Fire Meidiland® with blue ageratum

      for a patriotic Fourth of July planting.

    • Fill

      a half-barrel of two plants of Carefree Delight™

      underplanted with colorful annual foliage.

    • The

      mauve pink Fuchsia Meidiland®, creamy white

      Mystic Meidiland® and pink Magic Meidiland®

      do beautifully in hanging baskets.

Here’s

how to pot up shrub roses:

    1. Roses

      are thirsty plants so Butterfield recommends using

      large, self-watering containers. This reduces

      stress of going from dry to wet.

    2. Use

      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.

    3. Cover

      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.

    4. Water

      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

      transplanting.

    5. Mulch

      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

      roots quicker.

    6. PRO-MIX

      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.

When

planting containers, think easy care Star® Shrub

roses for long lasting, maintenance free color.

To

find out more about these and other fine Star® Roses,

or to find a garden center near you, visit www.starroses.com.


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