Roses are loved for their timeless beauty and fragrant blooms. In this edition of our blog, we have narrowed down different types of roses and will provide you with the best care tips to guide you to a successful rose garden.
Before you start digging, consider what style you would like to add to your garden. Do you want something to climb a fence in your backyard, a compact size for your balcony garden, or would you like to create a new focal point in your landscape?
Once decided, look for an area that receives afternoon sun. Plant with 2/3 soil, 1/3 manure and bonemeal (following instructions on the box). Want to learn more about planting roses? Follow our planting guide.
Oso Easy & Drift Roses
Disease resistant, low maintenance, long blooming, and can even grow in containers. Oso Easy Roses bloom from early summer until the first frost; these roses fill your garden with colour and fragrance, without the worry of deadheading.
Perfect for mixed borders, garden beds, and if you have a balcony that receives 6+ hours of sun you can plant these roses in your container.
Varieties: Italian Ice, Urban Legend
Climbing Roses are perfect for adding height to your yard. They tend to be fast growing and are available in a wide selection of colours. Some varieties have a single bloom, while others have clusters of colourful blooms.
Once these roses begin to grow, start the training process to climb as soon as possible, before the stems become woody and thick and then are more challenging to manipulate.
Keeping up with the plants in the beginning can make all the difference in the end. If you intend to train your roses up a wall or other solid surface, it is best to have a trellis or some sort of support system installed a few inches away from the wall to ensure good airflow for the plants.
We suggest pruning climbing roses only once a year, after the first main flush of blooms. This is a good time to address any diseased or damaged canes, as well as make some pruning cuts to help direct future growth.
Varieties: Eden, Red Fountain, Coral Dawn, Swan Lake, Don Juan
Grown for fragrance and vigour, Hybrid Tea roses have an upright habit that produces a single bloom with pointed tips on top of sparse foliage near the base.
Elegant large blooms can be admired in the summer and are commonly used as cut flowers because of their sturdy stems. Place in a sunny location (6+ hours) with well-drained, fertile soil.
Varieties: Rainbow Niagara, Rebekah, Sight Saver, Tropicana
This variety is prized for its extensive selection of colour and multiple flowers in large clusters.
Some varieties are very fragrant while others are planted for their bloom structure.
Ideal in containers, large growing beds, and mixed borders due its bushy, short habit (it is like a bouquet of flowers on every branch).
Floribunda roses are easy to grow, hardy disease resistant and have a continuous bloom cycle.
Varieties: Iceberg, Tabris, Living Easy, Julia Child
Similar to Floribundas, the Grandiflora rose produces large blooms that occur in clusters. Graceful flowers with pointed tips (similar to Hybrid Teas) grow on long-stemmed clusters that continuously bloom through the season. Since they are taller varieties, they are best planted as backgrounds to flowers beds and as hedges.
Varieties: About Face, Tournament of Roses
David Austin Roses
One of the most cherished and fragrant roses to have in the garden are David Austin English Roses. A mix of delicate charm and fragrance of traditional roses, these are bred to have repeat blooms densely filled with petals.
Fragrance varies from fruity or musky or even a combination of the two.
Varieties: Evelyn, Fair Bianca
When growing roses, one of the best tips for most types is to deadhead; this will assist in creating more flowers and promote a vigorous growing season.
By: Kayla-Jane Barrie