Roses are undoubtedly one of the most popular flower choices in many gardens around the country because of their scent, beauty and sheer ability to multiply substantially under the right growing conditions. If you’ve been considering starting a rose garden, but have been feeling overwhelmed at all of the information out there with regards to their care, this handy guide will provide you with what you need to know about these gorgeous flowers.
Plant in the Correct Spot
The first step to ensuring that your roses thrive is to plant them in a section of your garden that receives at least six hours of full sunlight each day. Unfortunately, no rose varieties will survive in full shade conditions – but a few will tolerate partial shade. Roses that are grown in areas that are too shady will not flower as much as those that receive a lot of sunshine, and they will also be more prone to suffer from disease and pest problems.
Choose the Right Varieties
Each rose variety will perform differently, so it’s essential to choose those that will be most suited to the climate in your area. If you live in the South, you’ll need to choose varieties that thrive in hot and humid summer weather, and gardeners in the North will do better choosing those that are hardier than average.
If you’re unsure of the varieties that will do well in your garden, your local nursery or garden center will be able to assist you. Alternatively, our professional landscapers will be able to provide you with information in this regard as well.
Use the Correct Soil and Mulch
Roses must be planted in soil that is rich and drains well. When planting them, mix some organic matter such as ground bark or compost into the soil that will be used to fill the hole afterward.
It’s recommended to add a two- to three-inch layer of organic, coarse mulch around your newly planted roses. This goes a long way in helping to reduce the chances of foliage diseases developing because it prevents a lot of water from splashing directly on to the leaves.
Water them Correctly
Most rose varieties will do well if they are given approximately one inch of water per week during their growing season. However, if your soil is sandier than average, watering may need to be done a little more frequently.
Pruning is Important
Roses should be pruned during early spring unless they are a variety that only blooms once a year – these should be pruned right after they have finished blooming.
Your roses should be checked regularly for signs of insect infestations or disease outbreaks. The sooner problems like these are detected; the easier it will be to bring them under control.
If you would like to learn more about planting and caring for roses, get in touch with our team today. We can provide you with various landscaping and plant care services to ensure that your garden looks its best all year round.