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 rose brings joy to the receiver. Watching the tightly wrapped petals of a rosebud slowly unfurl is always a pleasure to behold. Roses 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 roses, low-maintenance ground cover roses 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.
When to plant certain kinds of roses
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.
Containerised and container-grown roses: Plant all year round, provided the ground is neither frozen, nor very dry.