There is a lot of work involved with rose gardening but, done well, the results can be excellent. The first thing of all is to decide which varieties of flowers are going to be used, how many, and finding an appropriate sunny space in the garden for them.
When it comes to planting the rosebush, it is important that the whole root system be thoroughly covered with soil. The root ball can be separated quite easily to aid this and, some roots can be removed to makes things easier.
Having found the right place, it is important that appropriate food and fertilizer be used; to keep them in tip top condition. Watering should be done carefully too; paying attention to the base of the bush and not the stems.
Protecting them from aphids is important too of course. To help keep their numbers to a minimum, spraying with a solution of dish soap and warm water is good. A great way to get more nutrients into the rose is to place coffee grounds and banana skins on the top soil from time to time.
There are also many mini varieties which can be good for smaller outdoor areas, and can work very well in containers of all shapes and sizes. These are best grown from bare roots, and can be cut and dried for use in pot pourri throughout the home.
In many outdoor areas, there are fences, walls and trellises that could really use a touch of color. Climbing roses are great here and, of course have recurring blooms each year. They also require less pruning, so offer a great alternative for those without too much time on their hands.
It is interesting that the best time for pruning roses is around Valentine’s day and, the pruning needs to be rather brutal. As such, they should be pruned down to about knee level. Dead heading the plants and removing the dead wood from them will ensure the blooms come back year after year.
It is even possible to remove unopened buds in much the same way, and this will not cause any damage. The buds are wonderful displayed in a vase freshly cut whilst dried, they are great too. Partially opened buds also look good as centerpieces on tabletops.
To really be successful at rose gardening takes a little time, practice and dedication. It is always best to find which types will work best in your area for real success too; so is always good to ask questions of the staff in the garden center before making any final decisions.