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The Beauty of Roses.

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Plant Fundamentals.
Plant Care.
Garden Design.
Vegetable Garden.
Gardening Gourmet.
1. Planting Roses.
2.Choosing Roses.
3. Fill Your Garden With The Scent of Roses.
4. Rambling Roses.
5. Getting More From Your Roses.
6. Caring For Your Roses.
7.The Versatility Of Roses.
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The beauty of roses.
                     No flower is more a part of the quintessential English garden than the rose. Over the centuries, gardeners have celebrated it, nurtured it and developed hundreds of new disease-resistant, repeat-flowering varieties. But the old roses have never fallen out of favour, for their charm is unsurpassed.


The Beauty of Roses.

Companion planting
Plant your roses  close to the herb garden  to benefit from natural  pest control. Herbs  such as thyme, lavender,  rosemary,  lemon balm, chives  and tarragon repel many garden  pests.
  • Chives  help roses to combat  powdery  mildew because,  like garlic,  onion and leek,  they contain  sulphur  compounds  that are a natural enemy  of this fungus.
Varieties for poor soil:
Even gardeners  with difficult conditions  can grow roses. Choose  varieties that have been bred or   hybridised  to tolerate  adverse conditions  and even chalky  soil.
 Some  rose growers actually  toughen up their plants  by growing them without fertiliser and pesticides,  and by rationing water. This creates plants that are much better able  to grow in poor  environments. Don't  forget that you can improve  the soil to encourage  a tricky specimen  to flourish.  Choose  a site that has  not been previously  used for roses, dig in plenty  of well-composted manure or garden  compost to boost the organic  content  of the soil and feed the rose well at planting. Once  established, dose  regularly  with a dedicated  rose feed and mulch  with well-composted  manure or lawn clippings.
The  best time to plant: Planting  in autumn  gives the roots time to establish  before spring and ensures that the plants will flower better.  Protect the crown and the roots  of a new rose by applying  a layer of straw.
  • Roses  planted  in early spring will be less likely to suffer from frost damage than those  planted  in autumn,  but they may need to be watered more often  until they are established. In areas  where the weather is harsher, plant in spring,  but in milder regions, you can plant in spring or autumn.             
Wait before buying: 
        Be careful not to buy bare-root  roses too early in the autumn.  If they are lifted before  time they may start to sprout  if the weather turns  mild, and these shoots  will be susceptible  to frost. For the best results,  wait until the natural resting period  in late autumn  or early winter,  when the plants have shed  their leaves and are dormant.  Look  out for new stocks  of containerised roses from mid-October,  or if the weather  is mild, wait until mid-November,  when plants  are less likely to re-grow  before  spring.  
Hybrid Tea Roses.

ena harkness hybrid tea rose

The ena harkness
hybrid tea rose.
     If you want a rose bush on which each  flower will be a thing of beauty in itself, then chose a Hybrid tea.
               In this group you will find the largest blooms, the strongest fragrance and the perfection of fullness and shape associated with the modern rose. Bushes are winter hardy, but standards are sometimes killed by very severe winter frosts.
               Many new varieties appear every year, and generally they are superior in some ways to the older types which they may resemble. This is because hybrid rose stocks often deteriorate after about thirty years, and also because the great rose breeders continue to achieve new colours and shapes.


Large Shrub Roses for Specimen Planting.

                  Most shrub roses  in the wild occur as single, scattered specimens, with space to expand and show their flowers to advantage.  In gardens where  space  permits, shrub roses should be grown in the same way, either singly, or in groups as highlights in mixed borders. Grow spreading  kinds alone on the  lawn, where  their display can be admired  from all sides. 


Rosa 'Mme Isaac Pereire'
Bourbon Rose
    This  lovely bourbon rose has a vigorous, prickly, arching growth. Richly  fragrant
flowers, deep rose  with  magenta  shading, appear  from summer  into  autumn.

Gallica Rose

Rosa 'Complicata'
Gallica Rose
      A bold,  reliable  gallica  rose with  vigorous, thorny, arching branches.  Lightly scented, single, white-centred pink flowers occur in summer. May also  be trained into trees.

Rosa ’Alexander’ HYBRID TEA ROSE

Rosa 'Alexander'
This strong-growing hybrid  tea rose  with erect stems makes an excellent  informal hedge. Lightly fragrant,  double  red flowers are  carried  from summer  into autumn. 

Rosa ’Iceberg’

Rosa 'Iceberg'
Floribunda Rose
'Iceberg' is  a popular,  reliable  floribunda rose  with strong,  upright  growth, glossy foliage,  and clusters  of fully double, lightly scented  flowers  in summer  and autumn.

Rosa ’Marguerite Hilling’

Rosa 'Marguerite Hilling'
This is a vigorous  shrub  with dense,  leafy growth.  In summer, and to a lesser degree
autumn, it is crowded  with  large.  fragrant, deep  pink flowers with pale  centres.


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