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The Sweet Scent Of Rose Gardens

The sweet scent of roses have been around for years. Rose gardens date back to the ancient Egyptians, Chinese, Greeks, and the Romans. Many immigrants began coming to the New World, carrying their rose bushes with them. In the 1800's, the formal gardens were dominant in landscapes throughout the world. People looked forward to the spectacular show of color, and taking in the immense aroma during the short summer months. Today, growers have perfected the hybrids, which offer double blooms, longer bloom time, and so many different varieties to choose from.

Let's take a look at different ways you can incorporate roses into your landscape. These plant specimens will grow in a variety of soil conditions. One tip is to make sure you add enough organic material, compost, manure, or peat moss. One of the keys to successfully growing roses is proper spacing of each specie.

A Formal Rose Garden

Formal Rose Garden

In formal rose gardens, one tends to see different geometric patterns. Benches and gazebos are common. You have the option of making your garden simple, or add a little more of your own creativity. Roses will need at least six hours of sunlight daily, some varieties more and others less. The morning sun is better for roses. These plants don't like to be in competition with other root systems, so make sure you plant them away from large trees.

Evergreen shrubs can be planted as a backdrop to your roses. This is also ideal for creating a wind break. The tallest roses should be planted in the center, or at the back part of the garden. You can also plant annual bulbs or flowers, as well as some culinary or ornamental herbs.

You also have the option of creating one focal point rose garden, or planting other specimens with your roses. A container rose garden is also possible on a patio, deck or balcony. This takes a little creativity, but it doesn't matter whether you have a small area or a large open garden, roses are versatile to many different locations. When planting roses with other plants consider doing some perennial specimens.

Star And Carpet Roses

Star Rose
Carpet Rose
More Carpet Plants

In colder climates, some gardeners will plant their rose garden on a slope, to prevent damage if there is a late spring frost. Many roses today come in the form of bare root. There are hundreds of different varieties to choose from today. Some roses will need more pruning, but growers are developing specimens that are becoming low maintenance.

Knock Out Roses

Knock Out Rose
Full Knock Out Bush

The Knock Out Rose is very popular today. These bare roots are best planted after the last frost in the spring. In warmer climates, including the deep south in the United States, roses can be planted throughout the year. Container roses can be planted throughout the growing season. Be careful about planting any roses during hot and dry conditions.

A question from one of our readers, Buddy Wright

I have 9 double knockout roses that have been in the ground for 18 months. They reached the mature height of 3' to 4' high and wide . Should they be trimmed now? When should I trim double knockout roses that have been in the ground for only 18 months but they are at the mature height and width.

Answer

Herbee Greenthumb

Hi Buddy, Herbee here. Thank you for asking the question on your Knock Out Roses. Sounds like they are doing very good and growing at a descent rate. You should prune your Knock Out variety after the first bloom time is done. Prune back but do a light pruning.

A good idea to keep your roses healthy is to deadhead the flowers after bloom. You can also add a good rose plant food to the roses after pruning. I don't recommend a heavy prune at all. Light pruning and deadheading after bloom times will ensure healthy roses for the future.I hope this helps and the best to you with your Knock Out variety.

Start your rose garden just like any other garden project, with a plan, followed by prepping and planting. Find the right location where you will be able to enjoy the sweet smell of these wonderful fragrant flowers. Creating your very own rose garden can be simple to do. Learn the varieties in your area, plan and properly place your roses, and you will have a wonderful sweet smelling environment to enjoy. Roses are one of the oldest flowers known, but also one of the sweetest smelling specimens in a landscape.

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