Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Rose Gardening


Rose Gardening is not as challenging as many assume it is. With a little effort, growing roses is possible, even in cold climates. Types of Roses Climbing roses will grow upward, reaching for light.
They need to be secured to a structure because they do not have tendrils for attaching themselves. Climbing roses branch out horizontally. It is on these branches that the buds form. The branches can be trained to grow horizontally by tying them to a structure such as a fence. Many of the varieties are winter hardy such as Rambling Red (zones 3-9). Other climbers include Blaze and William Baffin (zones 4-9). For rose gardening with arches and walls, Zephirine Drouhin produces large, fragrant flowers with few thorny stems. Shrub roses are bushy and compact, producing clusters of flowers. They can be used as hedges or bedding plants in the landscape. The different varieties are winter hardy. The Henry Hudson is hardy to zone 2! Many shrub roses will bloom throughout the season, making them a good choice for rose gardening. Modern roses include hybrid teas (the most commonly known rose) and floribundas. Most varieties are hardy to zones 4-9. There are many species of roses within the above listed types of roses. How to Grow Roses:Planting Most roses will arrive to you bare-root at the appropriate planting time for the zone that you live in. When they arrive it is best to plant them as soon as possible. Before planting them, soak the roots in water for a day. Dig a hole deep enough for the roots to spread without being twisted. Nurseries will provide complete planting instructions. It is not necessary to do a lot of fussing with roses to produce beautiful results. Provide them a location where they receive lots of sun and well drained soil, and they will be happy. Fertilizing

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