Understanding the Rose Types
The initial planning stage for a rose garden may throw you off balance, when you visit the local garden store to be greeted by innumerable varieties of roses. There are countless numbers of colors, shapes and sizes to choose from. The sheer range of the varieties of roses that one can access for a garden is simply incredible. Hybrid tea, floribunda, shrubs and ground cover, climbers and heirloom roses are the main types of roses and each variety can claim its individual characteristics and are suitable for different types of landscapes.
One of the critical aspects of growing a rose garden, which you must always keep in mind, is the plant’s love for sunlight. A rose plant may grow according to the height and shape which is typical of that particular species but whichever type of rose you choose sunlight would be the main concern. Thus, when you choose a spot for growing rose plants in your garden, make sure that the spot gets at least 5 to 6 hours of good sunlight per day.
Hybrid tea roses look lovely when planted in rows through out the garden. They make excellent cutting flowers and have large blooms which show up mostly on single stems. Floribunda roses on the other hand are known for their breathtaking beauty and show up with many medium sized flowers on a single stem. Ground cover roses, selected primarily for size and color, behave much like shrubs. As the name suggests, climbers can be taught to look like a vine by tying them to a trellis during their growth phase.
The origin of heirloom roses can be traced back to the 19th century. This particular type has recently staged a comeback in terms of popularity. They are tough plants and the flowers are famous for their fragrance.
You must sit back and visualize your rose garden before you actually select any particular variety of rose. It is always interesting to see a mix of many varieties and sizes of roses rather than looking at rows of same type of roses in a garden. You must also think of the color scheme which you wish to give your garden as colors enhance the look and overall feel. For designing your garden in the most optimal way, you could consult catalogs, magazines or even online resources. Like all gardens a good planning will result in a good looking, healthy and colorful garden in the long run.
Once your planning for the garden is over, you must follow certain easy maintenance tips if you wish to see your rose garden prosper well for long number of years in the future. For instance, a rose garden must be cleaned regularly. Remove all dead and fallen leaves as well as other usual garden debris as often as you can. This will enable you to reach the roots of the plant while watering. Or else, you will eventually water the stem and leaves, which in turn will attract various fungal diseases and other problems for your plants.
Your plants will need timely feeding for proper growth not only during flowering seasons but also during dormant months. There are plenty of fertilizers available at the local garden store. Whichever fertilizer you choose, make sure that you follow the specific directions for use so that your plants remain healthy and grow optimally. Mulch is a great friend of the rose garden and so is careful pruning, both of which add life and vigor to the plant’s growth for great many years in the future.