Category: Architecture

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.

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