How to choose your rose bushes?
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- Variety of rose
- Growing method
- Pruning and maintenance
- Size and planting
How to choose beautiful roses for your garden?
The sheer variety among roses means there's almost nowhere they can't go in your garden, whether it's in an edged bed, decorating a hedgerow or climbing up a wall. Some are particularly well adpated to growing in pots and can be used to beautify a balcony or patio.
- sunlight needs, e.g. direct light or partial shade
- location - bushes, beds or path borders
- size at maturity
- pruning requirements
- growing method - trays, pots or open soil
- form - freestanding shrubs or climbing, for instance
- disease resistance
To help the gardener lost at sea among the 40,000 available varieties, the following guide explores the various families of roses to help you choose the best variety for you and your garden.
Climbing roses are easily recognized by their large size. They can actually reach heights of 3 to 6m, and sometimes even larger. They're typically used to cover and decorate walls.
Classic rose bushes are typically used to create attractive ornamental beds and borders. Once planted, they produce a bush growing to about 1.2m in height. Bush roses offer the greatest variety in terms of flower characteristics: large-flower varieties; grouped flower varieties with the roses forming ready-made bouquets at the base of each branch.
These can be planted in the centre of a lawn, alongside a path or in pots. They resemble a little tree with a very slim trunk. They need constant exposure to direct sunlight.
In terms of maintenance, it's important to prune this type at the end of spring. Tree guides or supports may also be necessary.
Ground-cover roses are typically used to add character to open spaces such as borders and embankments. Once planted, they expand rapidly and cover a wide area with their foliage and brightly coloured flowers.
These plants are generally fairly small in size, rarely exceeding 80cm in height. Another advantage is their impressive disease resistance and limited maintenance requirements - due to their small size, one pruning every 2 to 3 years is sufficient.
Shrub roses are the ideal variety for creating decorative hedgerows, although they can also be planted independently or used in beds. Shrub roses don't need any kind of supporting structure. They're quite large, often reaching 2m in height.
They're easy to grow and require little maintenance, as well as having strong resistance to cold and disease.
Creeping roses require little maintenance and don't need to be pruned. Their stems behave like vines and will wrap themselves around the branches of trees.
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