All Things Roses

Perhaps the most classic of all flowers is the rose. So why not consider them as part of your garden plans?
No other flower has been the subject of so many books, songs, events, cultures, art, perfumes, medicines, food, drinks and displays. As a gift, the classic rose remains timeless. With documented meanings for 26 different colors and presentations, the diversity of the rose is unmatched. A single red rose means “I love you” whereas yellow roses signify joy and friendship. A landscape architect will surely include them in their landscaping ideas- they are a visible example in most landscape pictures.

The name rose is Latin based, from rosa. There are 7 “types” of roses ranging from the colorful “Floribunda”, to the popular Hybrid Teas, to Miniature roses and Tree Roses. They can present themselves as bushy shrubs, clusters or full ground cover spreads.The best location for a rose garden has 4 to 5 hours of direct sunshine daily. They shouldn’t be crowded together when planted but will intermingle together quite well. New, fertilized soil is preferred for a new rose garden as nutrients can be easily transferred into their root system.
To plant a new bare root rose, use the following 5 easy steps:

1. Soak the plant in a bucket of water for 15 min. to allow thorough watering.
2. Dig a hole approximately 15 in. deep and wide. Colder climates may require a bit deeper- consult your local garden center.
3. Add a small handful of bone meal, some compost or peat moss and mix throughout the soil.
4. Carefully place the rose in the soil and shovel the extra soil around it. Leave a slight crown around the base.
5. Firm up the soil and water well.

So now that your rose has been planted- what`s next? Well rose care and feeding is pretty easy but does require regular attention. Firstly, you need to water adequately. Water slowly until the soil is soaked to a foot deep, for 3 mornings each week. Obviously, less is required during rainy periods. Feeding roses is also important- I’d suggest a commercial rose food or general purpose fertilizer. Typically, your roses should be fertilized when the first leaves appear and when each flush of blooms appear. You should stop fertilizing about 2 months before your seasonal first frost time. Mulch is an excellent application to minimize weeds and to keep the soil moist. Organic mulch, by far, is the best choice.

In order to best prevent pests, keep our roses in top shape, fed well and plentiful Healthy, vibrant plants tend to fend off pests but if you require pest control please consult with your local nursery or garden center.
For tips on landscaping with roses, consider the following locations in your garden plans. These are the top 7 locations that you can use with front yard or back yard landscapes.

1. A simple or a dramatic bed of roses adds color and sophistication
2. Strategically located containers of roses provide contrast to your plan but can also add an artistic flair
3. Roses planted along fences help define barriers but more importantly can often spruce up a fencing eyesore
4. Exposed foundations are a great choice for Hybrid Tea or Miniature roses. The center of attention is drawn away from the foundation to the rose garden.
5. Similarly to other barrier limitations, roses planted next to hedges add vibrancy and beauty.
6. You can instantly add elegance to any pathway by using roses planted along the side.
7. And finally, patio rose plantings can be used for architectural balance and to create unique centers of attention and perspective.

Enjoy your roses
Take care of them and they will bloom for many years, providing you with satisfaction and pride in their splendor and glory. Landscape ideas like roses are classic. As Shakespeare wrote in Romeo and Juliet, “a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”