Propagating Roses

Because of the complexity of their pedigrees, roses other than the species cannot be grown true to variety from seeds. They are mainly propagated by budding, although they can be rooted from cuttings. They are, however, not so vigorous as those that are budded. Growing from Cuttings Hardwood cut­tings, about 1 ft. long and 1/4 in. in diameter, are taken […]

3 Creative Ideas to Spice up Your Rose Garden

I remember my parents telling me that I would grow out of my love of roses. It was a phase that children went through before they knew anything about flowers. I think they just didn’t want me to be a cliché! However, all these years later and roses are still my favorite type of flower. Even with a range of […]

Winter Protection for a Rose bush

Then comes the question of protection, which I am convinced is made too much of, so far, at least, as concerns gardens in the southern England counties. I live in Middlesex, and I never protect any of my roses. Out of the many I have from time to time planted I can only remember losing one. Of course, if I […]

How to Plant and Grow Roses

Roses are the staple in many gardens and have been for centuries, with wild roses having an even longer history.  Heirloom roses are lush, fragrant roses with varieties that can be grown in different climates from warm to mild. Hybrid modern roses are very hardy, having been bred for colour, size, shape and fragrance. Here we look at how to […]

Preparing Roses for Winter

While tea roses and a few other types usually don’t survive in cold climates, many of the new series, as well as some of the older shrub rose cultivars (cultivated varieties), can survive cold winters with some protection.  While these methods don’t guarantee that your rose plants will survive, they’ll surely help those that are marginally hardy. Roses can be […]

Pegging Down Roses

There are exceptions, as may well be imagined, among the wonderful variety that is found in roses at the present day. The first exception is found in those varieties that make vigorous growth even when hard pruned; this would seem to indicate that the orthodox method is not for them. Neither, in fact, is it suitable. If grown in a bed […]

Pruning Climbing Roses

Pruning Climbing Roses This need present no difficulty, although it is true it seems to puzzle many rose growers of some years’ standing. But, as a rule, where they err is not in pruning the plants insufficiently, but in pruning them too much. While systematic and regular pruning is good for the dwarf roses, climbing varieties, as a rule, are […]

7 Steps Toward Success with Garden Roses

  Plant breeders have given us roses that grow well under difficult conditions and bloom almost continuously from early summer to frost. Proper plant nutrition is easy and simple to provide with the use complete plant food that supplies all the vital elements needed from the soil. Insect and disease problems can be prevented easily with regular use of insecticide-fungicide […]

How to care for a Rose per Season

Rose Maintenance Apart from pruning and fighting pests and diseases, which are discussed later, the maintenance of roses is not an onerous task. Spring Ensure that any roses loosened by the ravages of winter weather are well compressed. Step on the soil around the stem. Make sure that any broken stakes, posts, trellis, etc. are replaced or repaired. Particular attention […]

Roses recommended for your garden

To help you decide whether a particular rose is suitable for you rose garden design, the heights and vigor are included, but it must be remembered that under very good growing conditions, these are likely to be greater, and vice versa. The heights, unless specified, are graded as below: short: up to 2 ft. 3 in.; medium: 2 ft. 6 […]