Roses can add beauty and delight to any garden landscape. Roses can lend themselves to many garden situations. Roses can be an accent or they can be planted in masses for dramatic effect.
Before investing in rose plants, consider your garden style and what your landscape goals are for the roses. Once you have a plan, start with a core of the garden, with just a few roses. The garden does not all have to be planted at once., The garden can even be added to every year. It’s okay to start small and increase the size of the garden season by season and year by year.
Roses can fit into many gardening styles, including casual country cottage to extremely formal. Keeping the surrounding landscaping in mind when making plans.
Decide what role you want the rose to perform in the garden. Roses can provide showy blooms to bring inside for bouquets, form a border, create a hedge or privacy screen. Hedges and privacy screens can cover a wall or trellis. Roses can also be planted in containers on a terrace, to deliver fragrance near the door.
Roses can be fit into an existing garden, or can be the start of a whole new garden. When choosing a location make sure there is enough space to hold the roses of your dreams. The location needs to have plenty of sun (at least 6 hours daily), fertile soil and adequate drainage.
Develop a simple plan and make simple sketches. Get out a few rose catalogs and study the different roses and start picking out favorite types and colors.
A barrier of roses creates a sense of drama with a living, ever changing barrier. A fence line along the street can have a lovely display of roses on it. Roses that work well as a fence are floribundas, low groundcovers, or low growing climbers.
A dramatic solid bank of color can be planted on a hillside or steep slope. Ground cover roses, such as flower Carpet Roses work well for these
Any fence, even an unsightly chain link fence, or weather beaten split rail fence, can be a magnificent backdrop for a wall of flowers. Create a curtain of color by training the canes of the rose on the fence for support. Cover the wall with climbing roses to turn the ugly fence into a beautiful wall of rose blooms and foliage.
Tall pillars can be covered with climbers. The pillar is a column, that may be three to six feet tall, where the climbing roses create a shower of blooms and leaves .
An Arbor is an archway that makes a dramatic entrance to the garden. Climbing roses can be trained to grow over the archway for a classic cottage type look. Roses can be trained up along each side so they can meet in the middle, at the top of the arch, and then drape down gracefully on the other side.
Ground cover roses can be used for planting in masses of roses, to create a block of color. Ground cover roses can be planted in front of taller roses to add interest to the garden and to cut down on weeds.
Hedge roses have a thicket like character that creates an informal garden. Hedge roses can be planted next to the foundation of the house, or along a fence to create a barrier. Hedge roses are also lovely planted around a patio or deck to accent the area.
There are so many ways to use roses to beautify the landscape. Roses can be planted en masses, as a hedge, barrier, climber, ground cover and so much more. Gardening with roses is a enjoyable way to create a thing of beauty in the yard.
Ortho, All About Roses, by Dr. Tommy Cairns