I am a sucker for roses! I just love them. This is my house above (well not at the minute because mine have been pruned back) but in a few weeks I’ll see my roses bloom again and I can’t wait. They will cycle over and over about every 55 days during Spring, Summer, and Autumn (if you follow the tips below I’ve added). I prune them right back in July and then wait until September to see them come back bigger and better!
Today is the first day of Spring and I just love the thought of green grass, fresh flowers, and thriving plants. Have you got roses at your house? Here are some ideas for you below plus a few tips on how to look after them…
Iceberg roses create height and interest. Put a hedge underneath for balance. I have tom thumbs underneath mine which grow nicely.
A weeping or climbing rose means you don’t have to do much with them. Just let them run wild and prune back in the Winter months.
The left is a nice rose bush planted along the edge of the house. The right has roses in pots. This is a great idea if you live in a terrace and don’t have garden space.
My favourite is the white rose. And masses of them! Now is the time to plant them if you’re thinking of adding some to your house.
Here are a few tips:
- Make sure the spot you choose receives about 6 hours of sunshine a day.
- Dig them in deep with a really good fertile soil.
- Water them weekly, but more often when it’s really hot.
- Keep an eye out for bugs/aphids when they are flowering. I use a Rose Spray from Bunnings if I see them hanging around.
- When the roses have seen better days, just trim off the flowers at the tips, don’t leave dead roses hanging around because new growth will be stunted. I trim off the yucky ones every week when they are in full bloom and then before I know it new rose buds have formed.
- When the entire bush is looking scabby, just trim off all the roses and start again (don’t prune it back completely), just enough so it’s still bushy.
- In late July shear them right back. There is a technique to this so you will get the most out of them in Spring time. Here is an article I found with some great tips.
There you go! Happy rose planting and happy Spring! ♥ KC.