General Tips for Growing Roses

general tips for growing roses - Hybrid Tea Rose - 'Ena Harkness'

Growing Roses

Roses have for a long time now, been one of our most popular garden plants, and the following they have today is as strong as ever. The very popularity of the rose has, however, generated such a wealth of breeding activity over the years that for the beginner, the sheer number of cultivars offered to him can be bewildering.

There are many thousands of roses from which to choose, and I have created a small selection (click here to see list of hybrid tea roses) — but made on the criteria of superior quality and distinctness. Many of them are already popular roses, but others are included whose beauties still deserve to be better known.

As a result of hybridization, classifications have become more blurred over the years, and it is not always helpful to think in rigid terms when looking for a rose. Choose one that suits your particular purpose — its technical classification is less important than the fact that it meets the particular set of qualities that you are looking for in a rose.

When you are growing roses, they should not only be thought of as subjects for formal beds — there are suitable kinds for shrub borders, to clothe a fence, or to grow as an isolated specimen shrub in a lawn. Even the garden boundary itself provides an ideal site for many kinds, which will make a superb hedge that will be bright as well as functional.

Where you are growing roses and they are are required primarily to provide cut flowers, any corner of the garden will be suitable providing that the basic requirements can be met.

Growing roses for exhibition is a subject in itself, and although some cultivars are of excellent quality, some have to be chosen on the grounds of how well they perform as general garden plants.

Although most of the publicity inevitably goes to the hybrid teas and floribundas, don’t overlook some of the species or species hybrids, for these have qualities of their own, and there are some delightful roses among them. Generally they are more suited to growing in a shrub or mixed border, or as individual specimen plants, but in that situation will excel most other shrubs.

Fragrance is always desirable, but it is rare to find all the desirable qualities in a single rose in equal measure, and sometimes scent has to be sacrificed for perfection of bloom, or an exceptional colour, but by careful selection of cultivars it should be possible to have a garden full of roses providing exceptional beauty and fragrance.

Health is another factor to consider, as some of the older cultivars are particularly susceptible to mildew. There is a tendency now to breed for disease resistance as well as beauty, and many of those included in the table are exceptionally healthy by nature.

Most roses tend to have a long flowering period. The term ‘remontant’ is applied to those that have a main flush of bloom in June, but continue less prolifically until winter finally puts a stop to them.

30. October 2010 by Dave Pinkney
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