Rose Garden

Roses add color and drama to any home landscape design!

If you have a love for old fashioned, traditional blooms, heady scents, and dramatic plants, rose gardening might just be the right choice for you.

Rose gardens don’t require much in the way of special requirements: just some good soil and a willingness on your part to spend some time out there taking care of your rose bushes (and a pair of good gardening gloves to protect your hands from the thorns might be nice.) If you’re a rose lover, they’re a terrific option to get some low cost blooms onto your table.

Depending on their layout, rose gardens can be very formal or casual, almost like a country garden.

Take the time to consider how you plan to use your garden and how it will integrate with the interior and exterior of your home. Then choose a layout and types of roses that work well with the feeling that you want to create.

Rose Garden History

Once upon a time, roses could only be found in the Middle East. Rose products such as perfume and medicines were an expensive export in other parts of the world. They became in such demand that the Romans soon imported a variety of rose species and established the rose gardens in the southern part of the city.

Roses have always carried a lot of symbolism. High society suitors used to spend hours crafting complex bouquets that would convey their exact thoughts to the recipient. Red roses, of course, symbolize love, for example. White ones symbolize purity. Yellow used to mean jealousy, but the meaning has been changed to friendship. And there was also the War of the Roses in England, in which York supporters wore white roses and Lancaster supporters wore red ones.

Use climbing roses to add verticality in your rose garden.

Rose Garden Characteristics

Of course rose gardens feature a variety of rose species throughout the area, although the plant selection doesn’t need to be limited exclusively to roses. In fact, you’ll want to select some foliage at the very least to fill in spaces. However, the good news is that many rose species grow quite large, so they’ll fill in an area quite nicely. There’s nothing like walking down a long path bordered with fragrant rose bushes.

There are actually many different varieties of roses that you’ll need to select from. Depending on your garden plan, you may want one of the old fashioned species roses, which haven’t been altered. Repeat bloomers or floribunda flower frequently during the summer, which is a good thing if you plan to cut some periodically throughout the season. Shrub roses are a little smaller and more compact, and they do better in cold winter weather. Hybrid tea roses are free branching and a good basic rose. Any combination of roses will work for a rose garden. If you’re new to gardening and looking for some breeds that are easy to maintain and work well in your climate, it’s a simple matter of heading out to your local nursery. They should be happy to make a recommendation or two.

Rose gardens are actually relatively easy to maintain as noted above. One of the most important tasks you can perform is deadheading. Deadheading is a simple process in which you cut off blooms that are starting to fade, before they go to seed. With species that bloom more than once during the season, deadheading is absolutely essential. And even with other species, it’s an important thing to do that will preserve the appearance of your plant and cause it to fill in better.

Rose Garden Layout

No style of garden is as colorful and dtramatic and the rose garden in full bloom.

  • One thing to consider carefully is the overall layout. If you plan to install walking paths, you’ll need to make sure that they’re wide enough; otherwise you’ll be constantly poked by the roses growing alongside
  • You’ll also need to give larger rosebushes a little extra support, otherwise the weight of their blooms will cause them to topple right over. Sure, you can plant individual stakes for each plant to give them a little help, but also consider planting a row of climbing rosebushes along a stationery object like a white picket fence
  • Select an area with good drainage. Roses don’t do well in soil that stays too moist, so if you’re forced to plant in a low, marshy area, you’ll need to create some raised beds to protect your roses from rot
  • Consider the views. One of the best things about planting a lot of roses is that they look great close up and far away. Make the most of a long pathway with an arbor or trellis that allows the roses to climb and make a dramatic statement. Mix up the colors or stick with a dramatic monochrome plan

Plants to Use in a Rose Garden

Obviously, you want to plant roses in your Rose Garden, but it’s a mistake to stop there. At minimum, select a few complimentary plants to fill in the gaps and provide a little contrast to highlight the beauty of your roses. For example, you might plant a row of white roses along a long path. This is beautiful enough, but planting a hosta variety with colored leaves in between each of the roses will really make those white blooms pop.

If you’re really a purist and want to plant roses and only roses with no other types of flowers, take the time to select a variety of species that grow at different heights and have different types of foliage. You can plant them with some ornamental shrubs to break up the vista. Just remember that, especially in larger gardens, you need a little variety to keep the eye from becoming bored. Take the time to inject some dramatic pops of color in your roses; find a variety with a particularly vibrant color and use it to highlight an entryway or surround a patio. Integrating this type of variety will help keep your rose garden from being ho hum.

Peonies, Hyacinth, Daisies and other flowers will complement and enhance your rose garden.

Some popular choices for a Rose Garden include:

  • Aster
  • Bleeding heart
  • Daisy
  • Hyacinth
  • Lily of the valley
  • Hosta
  • Peony
  • Primrose
  • Tulip

Rose Garden Accessory Suggestions

Some accessory ideas to integrate into your Rose Garden include:

  • Break up a long row of roses with simple stone statues placed between every second or third bush
  • Inject a little country flair by planting creeping roses in an old wheelbarrow or wine barrel
  • Display a collection in your garden like old metal watering cans or stepping stones. Again, use accessories to inject variety into the view

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