Roses always come at the top of the list in literature and various gardening shows. The sheer abundance of varieties, colour and smell makes it a truly inspiring plant. Whatever garden you have, there will be a rose variety to suit whether you have a balcony, small patio or city or county garden, you can enjoy this flower.
One of the best times to truly appreciate the scent of roses, is just as the sun comes down on a warm summers evening, is absolutely heavenly.
Roses are always popular with weddings, anniversaries and valentines.
Every survey that asks the nation – what our favourite flower is, the answer is always the same – the rose.
The english country garden is not complete without one or two of these delightful flowers.
In the language of flowers the rose stands for –
- The Yellow rose can mean – jealousy
The rose is a perennial flower and has over 100 different species within the family Rosaceae. Every year the collection grows, with new varieties being introduced all the time.
David Austin has over 800 varieties!
The RHS have provided a guide to how to plant roses
To ensure greater success with growing your chosen rose, the advice is that bare root roses are the best to buy, from a reputable grower. As roses are available everywhere, including the local petrol station and high street DIY store, you can never be sure of where the roses have come from, and how long they have been there. Buying quality roses can be costly, but this is where cutting corners doesn’t usually save in the long run.
Greenfly can often be got rid of by using a water spray with water and a bit of washing up liquid, sprayed directly on the leaves. You could also ladybirds into your garden to munch them up – purchase a ladybird breeding kit.
In reference to ladybirds there is currently running a UK ladybird survey, you can help them by recording any sightings.
Roses will bloom with a good feed such as a general feed or specialised rose feed, mulching, and careful watering.
It’s also best not to plant a new rose where other roses have been, particularly if they were diseased
Last year I had the opportunity to visit the Hampton Court Flower show, and their special Tudor Rose Marquee was breath taking. The crowds were horrendous and trying to get close to the displays was hard, but the display of toses were gorgeous. I wouldn’t have missed it! To see a 3D video presentation of the marquee take a look at the RHS video – Tudor Rose Festival.
Not sure which rose to choose?
David Austin has helpfully provided a guide to help you choose the perfect rose for you!
Some of the best roses for cut flowers are –
I also love the Albert Bell, with stunning yellow flowers and lovely scent.
Want to learn how to make a beautiful display of flowers?
Sarah did a wonderful programme on supporting UK cut flower growers, if we can support our local growers, not only will have gorgeous flowers, but also help specialist nurseries stay in business.
More information about the beloved rose -
- The World Federation of rose societies
Where to buy roses –
Gardens to admire roses –
Each of the RHS Gardens – Rosemoor, Harlow Car, Hyde Hall, and Wisley have wonderful display of roses. Wisley are currently developing a new rose garden. If I had to pick one for roses then it would be Hyde Hall in Essex! One word – AMAZING! You will overdose on this beauty, if it’s possible to.
From the 19th -20th June RHS Rosemoor are holding a special weekend in honour of the beautiful rose -Scents of Summer
National Trust gardens tend to have a great show of the wonderful rose
Mottisfont house and gardens in Hampshire, have special events when the rose is in bloom, Check if there is a garden near you that has similar events.
Garden of the Rose in Hertfordshire
Coughton Court Gardens in Warwickshire
Castle Howard in Yorkshire
Any cottage gardens will have a host of wonderful roses added to their design. Check with your local National Garden Scheme , support a charity and see wonderful gardens!
We have a collection of rose cards and gifts suitable for all occasions, including -
Add your special message for a truly special card!