Rose Garden Ideas
If youve always shied away from growing roses because you
believed their press, its time to put away your misconceptions.
Far from being the finicky, pest-ridden creatures that theyre
made out to be, roses are surprisingly easy to grow and maintain.
Roses have five basic needs:
Plenty of sun! With very few exceptions, roses love the sun.
Choose a spot for them that gets at least six full hours of sun per
day, and theyll reward you with beautiful, showy blooms.
Lots of Water! Roses are thirsty little critters, too. Plan on
giving your rose garden a good daily drenching to supplement rain
and add a second if rain is scarce.
Control Pest-y Critters! Roses ARE prone to attract pesky bugs
like Japanese beetles and aphids. There are all sorts of natural
treatments if you object to a weekly-or-so spraying with a pesticide
designed for roses. On the flip side the only time that I saw
major problems with infestations were my grandmothers prize
blue-blood strains. Hybrids and ramblers seem not to be bothered much
Feed them! Youll get more, fuller and more colorful
blooms if you feed your roses once a month with a good, balanced fertilizer.
Pick your roses! Seriously roses love to be pruned and
groomed. The more you pick your roses, the more youll get.
So have you got a spot in your yard that gets at least six
hours of sun a day, is close enough to the garden hose that watering
is easy, and is easily accessible by paths and walkways? In that case
you have a great spot for a rose garden.
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A few ideas for rose garden designs you might not have considered are:
A Rose Fence Garden
Climbing and rambling roses are ambitious climbers. You can
completely cover a chain link fence with a plant every 2-3 feet.
Start with bare-stemmed root stock, and train new growth along the
chain links and support frames. Within 3-4 years, youll have a
full wall of blossoming roses.
A Corner Rose Garden
Got a bare, sunny corner in your yard? Its the perfect spot for
a climbing rose garden. Start with a few large boulders or rocks,
plant 3-5 ground-cover or rambling roses, and stay out of the way.
Within a few years, youll find youre spending more time
containing them than trying to make them grow.
A Centerpiece Rose Garden for Your Front Entrance
My mother gets credit for this one. She simply planted a rose
bush at the base of her driveway lamp, and trained a few stalks to
grow up along the lamp post. The result stunning! Red roses
twine around the pole, and over the top of the lamp and spill around
the ground at its base.
A Patio Rose Garden
Miniature hybrids and tea roses are quite happy growing in terracotta
pots and other containers. If you have a sunny patio, try filling a
large strawberry jar with a couple of tea rose bushes, and plant the
pockets with trailing alyssum and purple lobelia.
A Mixed-Up Rose Garden
Roses love to share especially with garlic and onion plants.
The tall, spiky foliage of onion, garlic and chive sets camouflage
leggy rose stalks. Add a border of low-growing ground cover, and let
the roses provide shade for shrinking violets and impatiens. Added
bonus: garlic and onions keep away many rose pests.