When I think of Gardening and roses, I think that anyone interested in the two, would want to learn all about rose gardening including designing, planning, and making a rose garden in a style that would work for you the gardener!
Gardening with roses for those new to gardening, or those that have been growing roses for years, you will learn some creative ideas for using roses in your landscape, and how to put it all together to create a garden with roses, flowers, and trees.
A garden of roses, or an addition of rose plants incorporated into the landscape, is something that you should be proud of.
I will share with you my valuable tips on gardening and growing rose bushes organically with as much rose gardening information as I have or become aware of.
Tips on planting that will make sure you get your roses off to a good
start. Learn how big and how deep the planting hole should be etc.
You will also learn what is the best
~ Soil for roses
Roses are heavy feeders, and thus need soil that is rich in organic matter to grow healthy and keep producing those wonderful rose blooms.
They prefer clay based soils enriched with compost as this soil can hold on to nutrients longer. If your soil is clay or sand, you can certainly grow beautiful roses, but you will have to make adjustments to the soil.
Clay soil, (and especially sandy soil) more often. You'll notice that your new bed had plenty of organic matter in the Spring, and by seasons end appears to be (just sand) again....... You need to add it at regular intervals, and over time it will become the rich brown soil you want!
You will also find tips for
Correct pruning will help keep the bush producing flowers. My tips will teach you exactly where to prune, to cause the plant to send out more flower buds.
Look for your rose on the "Names of Roses" page to learn if it is a once-bloomer (needing to be pruned immediately after blooming), or a continual bloomer. If you prune at the wrong time, you may not get any flowers the following year!
Organic control of diseases and pests are an important part of growing healthy rose bushes in harmony with nature. You need to learn which are the "good bugs" and which ones are "bad" for your garden.
Birds, bugs and bees are all important for the success of your garden.
When gardening with roses, plan the garden on paper first to get a better idea of the finished garden. Look at photographs of other gardens for ideas.
In learning about gardening and roses; lets begin with:
Get some help with this garden planning software
Once you get a feel for the type of garden you want, and you've checked out the "Planting" page, check out the different types of Roses such as
Here are some lovely arbor designs for planting them on. Arbors add so much to the garden, along with adding vertical color from the flowers themselves.
You can also plant them along a fence, or against a wall. Notice these pretty pink climbers (Super Dorothy) growing on curved arches throughout the formal garden.
It is best to try and use roses from different classes, as they will have varied natural susceptibility to specific problems. If allowed to naturalize, some of the bigger roses can provide haven for insect eating birds to complete the ecosystem.
When most landscapers think about gardening and roses, they often plan Garden Designs using Knockout Roses
These roses (Knockout roses) are great landscape roses, that need little care, are very hardy, and continue to bloom all season.
Look through the site, and choose colors that appeal to you.
Depending on your climate, and experience in gardening and roses, you might want to check out
Easy to grow roses page.
As the garden begins to take shape with newly planted roses, have patience, it will take a year or two for the plants to establish good root systems and begin to flourish.
Take your time and add plants that you have researched and are sure will grow well in your planting zone. Add some Evergreen Plants to the garden. You might also want to put in some
that will add interest, and give the garden continual color. Other plants (especially those beneficial to rose plants) will promote health and vigor to the plants around them.
Some plants that are valuable neighbors to roses include;
Alliums, onions, garlic, thyme, catnip, rosemary, artemisias, allyssum, coriander, nasturtiums, and petunias.
It's best to start small, and let the garden "grow" each year.
Send for some of the garden catalogs. They are FREE and are a valuable source of rose garden information! You will see pictures, and get growing information, to help you in deciding what to add to your garden. Click the link below for some great Nurseries to order catalogs.
Think of this site as your " How To site to growing the beautiful Queen of Flowers! You will find plenty of ideas, and suggestions for gardening and roses, so why not book mark this page and come back often?
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