Rose Care

  1. Easy Breezey Modern Roses & Rose Garden Recipes for Success!

    Woman Watering roses at sunset

    There’s no need to be a master gardener to grow Roses like a pro! Unlike the old-fashioned fussy varieties from ages ago, modern varieties are hardy, adaptable and thrive on neglect. Especially when you select the right variety for your unique climate and conditions.

    Modern Roses, and a few old fashioned that have stood the test of time, have been bred with hardiness, disease resistance, drought tolerance and the non-stop bloom that modern gardeners have come to expect from their landscaping plants!

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  2. Top Picks - Delightfully Fragrant Rose Varieties!

    Rose image Top 5 Most Fragrant Roses

    "What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet." - William Shakespeare

    Rose lovers the world over know that Roses are far more than just beautiful flowers. The scent of roses can transform a drab day into an exceptional one. Soothing the mind and nerves while enlivening the senses! 

    Available in several forms: shrub, small trees, climbing, Grandiflora, Floribunda, groundcover, Rugosas and Hybrid Teas. If it's fragrance you want, then you're sure to find one that fits your garden and your personal style too!

    Today we’ll look closer at these perfumed beauties:

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  3. When Do I Prune My Roses?

    Roses And Clematis

    In this blog, you'll get expert how-to's on growing the biggest, prettiest roses possible. This really means taking the time to carefully prune your roses each year

    And we'll give you some inspiration, too. Take a look at the hottest design trend, partnering your climbing roses with companion plants like Clematis vines. Gorgeous! 

    Read on to learn more.

    A Quick Review of Tips to Overwinter Roses

    In the Northern cold winter states, roses go completely dormant and need winter protection.

    We have found the best way to overwinter Hybrid tea, Floribunda, Grandiflora

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  4. Are Roses Hard to Grow?

    Rose Plant

    Think only green thumbs can enjoy a rose garden? Think again! Unlike the old-fashioned fussy selections grown decades ago, modern roses are hardy, versatile plants that can thrive on neglect. In fact, roses are much easier to care for than you think, especially when you select the right variety for your garden’s unique climate and soil.

    From small city balconies to water-wise landscapes, the amazing, versatile rose can be at home in almost any garden.

    What Makes Modern Roses So Easy to Grow?

    If you’ve been hesitating to start a little rose garden of your own, consider this:

    1. Most modern roses have disease resistance built into the plants.  No need to lose sleep over black spot or mildew worries.
    2. Once established, many roses are surprisingly drought tolerant. An occasional deep watering in well-drained soil is all they need.
    3. Many rose varieties also thrive in hot and humid climates. Once considered difficult, growing rose
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  5. Advice For Overwintering Your Roses

    Most people cover their roses for the winter too early.  Wait until your rose plants have been exposed to several killing frosts and some good colder weather to help them go dormant BEFORE covering if winter protection is needed in your area.

    All across the midsection of the states, typically the right time is about Thanksgiving time to protect your roses.  In the more northern states still time if you have not, and as you move into the more southern areas if winter protection is needed it may be a bit early still.

    Hybrid tea, grandiflora, floribunda, and of course all the new shrub rose types can all benefit from some additional mulch added right on the plants about a foot deep.

    Wait to prune your roses until late winter or early spring so any winter damage is removed when being pruned.  And for roses that bloom on last year’s wood - they don’t get pruned until after the June bloom is done.

    Any kind of shredded mulch (bags may still be available near y

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  6. History of the Rose for National Red Rose Day 2016


    shop roses Easy Elegance Paint the Town Rose

    National Red Rose Day is the perfect time to admire the rose for all of its wonderful qualities. This American holiday is celebrated every year on June 12. This is a fitting time of the season because rose bushes will be in bloom in most areas of the country. This offers everyone the opportunity to take in the iconic fragrance and examine the intricate petal formations. Roses are part of human culture in many places around the world, and they have been for centuries. Have you ever wondered how roses came to be such an iconic symbol in many cultures?

    Roses have had both sentimental and functional value to humans throughout history. It is common knowledge that a red rose makes a great gift for your sweetheart, but did you know that roses have been used for medicine as well? Rose tincture has been used to treat a variety of symptoms including upset stomachs and sore throats. It has also been used to add flavor to medicine. Many perfumes contain

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  7. Planting & Transplanting Roses

    Yellow Roses

    Planting rose bushes in a garden is easy to do, and has many rewards as these beautiful plants bloom.

    The first step to planting rose bushes is preparing the site. Roses prefer partial sunlight, and should be shaded from the hot afternoon sunlight. The site should have a slightly acidic soil content, and a heavy clay loam is ideal, but they will grow in nearly any soil condition.

    The second step to planting rose bushes is to prepare the plant itself. Most rose bushes, when purchased, will be pruned prior to purchase. If not, it is best to cut back the stalks of bedding roses to about six inches, and the climbers to about eighteen inches. Planting rose bushes that have dried out can be detrimental to the health of the plant. Dried out plants should be moistened slightly before planting.

    The third step to planting rose bushes is the actual planting. Planting rose bushes should usually be done in the autumn months, so the plants have time to develop before the hot summer months. The hole should be dug so that the root system will fit fully, and not be crowded. The roots should be laid out and soil applied carefully, ensuring that no damage is done to the roots. Soil should be pressed down firmly, removing any air pockets that might have developed. Transplanting rose bushes is a fairly straightforward process. It is very similar to the act of transplanting most other plants. Transplanting rose bushes should always be done in the autumn months, after the blooming period has ended. The first step is to dig around the plant and fairly deep. The underground root structure of a rose bush can sometimes get pretty large, and

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  8. Pruning Rose Bushes

    Rose Buds

    Pruning rose bushes is an important step in the care of roses. Many gardeners do not understand fully the process of pruning rose bushes. Improper pruning can result in a weak plant, or one that will not bloom fully, if at all. Pruning roses is, despite popular belief, a very easy process, and can be done by any gardener. Pruning rose bushes should take place in the springtime, just as the buds break. Stems should be cut back to within one-quarter inch of an outside bud. This will help to encourage the rose bush to grow outwards, instead of inwards. Pruning rose bushes should always be done with a sharp pair of pruning shears, as the wood can be tough, and cuts that are not clean will damage the plants.

    Blooming Roses

    Pruning rose bushes also entails the removal of dead wood and weak stems. This will help encourage the plant to have much more new growth, and often larger blooms. Severe pruning, such as removal of half the previous season’s growth, will also result in larger, but often fewer, flowers. Trimming rose bushes in the summer involves only the removal of spent b

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