Roses are one of the most popular garden plants and come in a wide range of colours, varieties and fragrant blooms.
The rose is a woody perennial flowering plant and a beautiful additional to the spring and summer garden. Roses love the sunshine and an ideal position in the garden is where there is around 6 hours of sunlight a day. They can be grown in borders, containers, arches and pergolas and if well looked after, can grow and live for a long time.
Where to plant
Chose an open, sunny position with free-draining soil. Avoid planting where roses have grown before or transfer fresh soil to the site.
Roses love organic matter, so mix well-rotted manure, leaf mould or compost into the soil. Water thoroughly before planting. Make a hole big enough not to disturb the root ball. Remove the pot and ensure the top of the root ball is level with the surrounding soil. Back-fill soil mixed with a good fertiliser, then firm. Water thoroughly.
Water well until established. Mulching will keep the soil weed-free and moist. For best results feed your rose with fertiliser in spring and again in summer. Remove faded flowers to encourage speedy repeat flowering.
Prune your rose in March or before new growth by removing any dead or very thin branches and reducing the height by 1/3 to 2/3rds of the previous growth.