Rose – Plant of the Week (5th July)

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Roses are one of the quintessentially English plants. They evoke a romantic mood in any garden and have long been associated with love. In fact, they are the most popular flower to be used in wedding flower arrangements. They looks stunning in the garden and many have a beautiful scent accompanying them. There are so many types of roses that you can choose from, but the one I’ll focus on here is the Hybrid Tea rose, which is very popular in UK gardens. This is largely due to their ability to repeat flower throughout the season which means they are also fantastic to use as cut flowers.

Rose bush with delicate, pink roses.
Image by congerdesign from Pixabay

With roses coming in so many different colours, ranging from pale pastels, to rich jewel tones, there’s no reason for any garden to be without one.

Other Names for Rose

Rose comes from the French “rosa”, which comes from the Latin “rosa”.

Rose Likes

A good mulch in spring will help roses flower at their best in the summer. They’re very hungry plants and grow best in fertile, moisture retentive soil. I tend to feed mine weekly with a general rose feed.

Rose Dislikes

Many roses you can buy now will be grafted to a rootstock. It’s important to plant this graft under the soil. Roses do not do well if they are dry, so be sure to keep them well watered, especially if they are in pots or throughout a dry spell. Roses will not generally flower well in shade, but there are some varieties by David Austin Roses that will produce flowers in varying levels of shade.

Close up of 2 pinky peach roses.
Image by schneeknirschen from Pixabay

Special Care

Depending on the type of rose you grow, you may wish to regularly deadhead. The only reason to not deadhead is if you have a rose that produces attractive hips after flowering. You can also “live head” the roses and use the stems for cut flowers, this will also encourage the plant to grow new flowers. Roses are susceptible to black spot, so pruning to a nice open network of branches is recommended to help airflow through the plant.

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