With Valentine’s Day upon us and roses being the flower of the season and a very common sight this time of year (albeit more often than not cut and in a bouquet), we thought it would be the perfect subject for our first bit of gardening advice – plus we simply love them!
Common name Rose
Latin name Rosa
Group Shrubs, climbers, ramblers and groundcover plants
Flowering time Summer and autumn
Planting time Late autumn to early spring
Height and spread 30cm-9m (1ft-30ft) height and spread
Aspect There are roses for sun and shade
Hardiness Mostly fully hardy, but some are only frost hardy
Roses really are one of the most popular plants we come across in our customers gardens. Probably because they come in a huge range of colours, and most tend to have a beautiful, sweet scent, and most importantly because they can be grown in borders, containers, over archers, pergolas and as groundcover – pretty much everywhere and in almost all soil types providing it is well drained. But, don’t let their beauty put you off, they are actually rather easy to grow, and will live for a long time with care and feeding:
Roses are hungry plants that respond well to generous feeding:
- Sprinkle general-purpose or rose fertiliser around roses in spring at 70g per sq m (2oz per sq yd)
- Mulch with rotted organic matter, ideally rotted manure, immediately after adding fertiliser. Keep the mulch clear of the rose stems, leaving a 10cm (4in) gap between the mulch and stems.
- Feed roses in containers every fortnight from mid-spring until late summer with general-purpose liquid fertiliser until flower buds form and then with high-potassium liquid fertiliser, such as tomato feed
Happy Gardening, and as Shakespeare wrote – ‘a rose by any other name would smell as sweet’