What Kind of Roses Should You Grow?
Our love affair with roses often begins as young children, when we discover their lovely fragrance and how the gift of a single one brings joy to the receiver. Watching the tightly wrapped petals of a rosebud slowly unfurl is always a pleasure to behold.
Now, it’s almost Valentine’s Day. And we not only want you to remember that Valentine’s Day isn’t just for your significant other. Don’t forget to Give Your Home A Valentine, too!
This year, we want to bring to your mind the flower synonymous with love: roses.
They are unrivaled in the beauty that they add to our outdoor spaces and the happiness they bring to others.
While most people are familiar with the iconic hybrid tea and floribunda roses, there’s an ever-increasing variety of types available, including newer shrub, low-maintenance ground cover, and the re-emergence of species, or wild, roses.
Old garden roses are also enjoying renewed popularity with their highly fragrant blossoms and disease resistance. Whether your garden space is large or small, there’s a rose just right for you.
And if you’re dealing with weeds, you’re not alone! We can help you with that, too!
But don’t worry too much if your not an expert gardener. We have some tips to help take you from amateur to expert gardener.
When to plant:
Bare-root roses: Plant in late autumn at leaf fall, and from late winter to early spring, before growth resumes. Avoid planting in the middle of winter when the ground is frozen.
Containerized and container-grown roses: Plant all year round, provided the ground is neither frozen, nor very dry.
If you want to learn more, a great resource is the Farmers Almanac and of course, the Royal Horticultural Society.
*Originally published January 15, 2016 and updated February 6, 2020