Rose Planting: What to Know
There are garden accents that are just considered to be universal, so long as a garden is large enough. For example, a wall water fountain, garden statuary, specific plants and flowers are all examples of beautiful items to add to a setting. One specific example is the rose.
Roses take a major toll on the soil, meaning they must be deeply trenched before the beds are planted, making sure to treat the soil liberally with manure or fertilizer. Clay soil is not essential for roses, as they will thrive in any soil, so long as it is supplied with the proper fertilizer matter.
Be sure to remember that in lighter soils, the fertilizer wash out much faster than in heavy soils. If proper attention is not given, the roses may starve. If your soil is light and sandy, you may consider the addition of a heavier material to add tenacity and quality to the soil. Consider using a cow manure fertilizer. If the soil is made on turf, dig in the sods, and add any decaying vegetation you may have.
If the ground is heavy, it may be necessary to drain the bed. This can be done by digging out the soil to about three feet, then adding rubble or brick rubbish, and replacing the soil. The beds should be brought above the level of the ground. These types of preparation are the best ways to ensure the success of your roses.
Roses need to be planted in the autumn, usually between mid-October and the end of November. If the weather is mild, it is possible to plant later. The planting of a rose needs to be carefully done. Holes should be dug of ample size so that the bottom is a dome shape. The rose roots need to be separated and distributed over the hole.
A fine soils needs to be placed over the roots, with the stem moving up and down to penetrate among the roots. You can then add the rest of the soil and firmly ram it down. Do not heap the soil around the stem, but rather leave it a little depressed to aide with watering.
Although experiments have shown that placing the roots has not really value, this does help to anchor the plant to the soil. This allows it to stand up against heavy winds much better. If there is no rain to water the plants after they have been planted, be sure to water one week after planting. You can also add mulching at this point to protect your roses from frost.
Be sure not to crowd your roses to closely together. Standard roses should be three feet apart, and rose buses should be two feet apart. Remember standards that grow over three feet can create a lanky bent specimen, so it is often suggested to use species that do not grow as tall. Standards look better in groups, rather than a single file line, unless you are trying to mark a line.
As to which plants to plant in your rose garden, that decision is totally up to you. You can create beds of different colored roses, or make each bed a specific color. Often, in less formal gardens, harmonizing or contrasting different colored roses is a good idea. The range of rose colors is so great it is hardly possible to go wrong with your decision.
When it comes to hues, magenta varieties go best with whites and yellows. It is best not have a large proportion of white roses in one area, but better to have a selection of colors. Roses can be used in beds alone, in the front part of a border, or between standards when the climate allows.