Get your climbers looking good, and your garden off to a good spring start. August is the month to trim and train climbing roses. It is an effort to do this well, but what a reward, as these two climbers demonstrate. Only two climbers completely transform this small home, smothering the front window with blooms. […]
By May the rose season is almost at an end and you can look back with satisfaction (or score the garden a six out of 10, which means, ’Can do better!’). Healthy leaves are the powerhouse for the rose, and if leaves are stunted, diseased or drop off, the performance of the rose suffers. From […]
Get the look: Yellow, purple and white is one of the classic colour combinations for the garden. This corner is almost perfect in the way the plants are grouped, by height, texture and contrast. The roses are the stars of the show: ‘Moon Adventure’ (yellow) set off by white ‘Iceberg’ behind and around the tree. […]
Help your roses to keep their cool • Hot nights bother the roses more than the heat during the day. Cool them down by watering in the early evening. The heat quickly dries off the leaves, so they won’t get fungal diseases, and there is less evaporation than watering during the day. • A thick […]
GET THE LOOK There are so many times when roses evoke a ‘wow’ from us! This bed, planted up with pale lemon ‘Forever Busy’ together with ‘Bridal Pink’ and ‘Amarula Profusion’ with purple ‘Vodacom’ at the back, is one such instance. These floribunda roses show off what floribundas are known for: a multiplicity of blooms […]
Your rose garden By Ludwig Taschner Keep going through winter How to keep up the flower power Now that our winters are milder, it’s possible for roses to flower all the way into July. While enjoying the autumn rose flush of March and April, keep up the care with extra feeding and encouraging new basal […]
Companion plants for roses need to be carefully picked for success. These days rose bushes are often incorporated into flower borders alongside an array of different companion plants that share the same growing conditions. This is in complete contrast to many traditional rose gardens of yesteryear where roses grew in beds all on their lonesome. […]
This beautiful display of roses is one of the rewards of winter pruning, along with good soil enrichment, watering and fertilising.
Many gardeners wishing to include roses in their borders might be concerned about whether they are appropriate for a water wise garden.
Red roses are associated with Valentine’s Day and this Spire rose grows into a stately 2,5m high specimen that produces a profusion of dark, cherry red blooms that make a statement at the back of a bed or where high colour is needed.