Tracey Cole

Tracey Cole

Everything’s coming up roses!

March – May is the time to plant beautiful roses for a fragrant, colourful garden

You’ll need to decide what sort of rose you would like: Climbing, shrub, ground cover or for containers.
Roses prefer a clay soil with some organic compost dug into the planting hole. If you have sandy soil, add plenty of compost to help retain water. Container shrub roses on a sunny patio or balcony need a large, deep container with drainage holes and a good potting mix enriched with a good compost.

Roses need at least 6 hours of sun a day and a good, deep watering once a week. A thick mulch around the base will help prevent drying out, but avoid the mulch touching the stem.

Fertilise regularily when the rose is flowering, between September and April with rose fertiliser.

Roses benefit from pruning in winter.
Protect roses during the growing season against red spider mite by spraying the underside of the leaves with a strong jet of water every 2/3 days to wash the mites off. Underplanting with onions or thyme will also deter pests from attacking your lovely roses!

With the need to be waterwise the choice of roses is important. Ground cover varieties are ideal for hot, dry areas and need little maintenance. Try ‘Waterwise blush’, Memory bells’, ‘Pink sensation’ or ‘My Granny’.
Floribundas roses have several blooms on stems and look fabulous planted in groups.

Try ‘Bight smile’, ‘Gnome world’, ‘Playgirl’ or ‘Carefree wonder’.
Shrub roses are single blooms. Try ‘Mr Lincoln’. ‘French panarosa’, ‘Elegant beauty’ or ‘People’s princess’. Shrub roses that can cope with slightly less water are ‘Double delight’, ‘Peace”, Burning sky’ and ‘Ingrid Bergman’.
Small garden? ‘Iceberg’ or ‘Joseph’s coat’ are amazing climbers, with ‘Katja’, ‘Vanilla whiz’ or ‘Ocarina’ for borders.

Fragrant , beautiful roses in your garden? Fabulous!

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