"Red Rose, proud Rose, sad Rose of all my days!
Come near me, while I sing the ancient ways" - W.B. Yeats
Roses have inspired so many throughout the ages and make a wonderful addition to any garden that will last for years to come. They are much easier to grow than most people imagine. As long as they have good humus rich soil that is moist but well drained, with the occasional addition of a general purpose feed, they should thrive. Ardcarne Garden Centre has a wide range of varieties that include shrubs, climbers, hybrid teas, Irish grown and even smaller patio roses for container planting.
For some guidance on planting roses please read our "Quick Guide to Planting Roses" below or if you need any assistance in selecting the right rose for you, please don't hesitate to ask one of our experienced and friendly staff.
Quick Guide to Planting Roses
Roses are some of the most beautiful plants to be found in any garden and have inspired artists across the globe from playwrights and poets to painters and sculptors. They are also a versatile plant that come to us in a variety of forms:
- Shrub Roses – hardy shrubs in a variety of shapes and sizes
- Hybrid Teas – shrubs that usually have very fragrant, large flowers appearing on a single stem.
- Floribunda – repeat flowering shrubs with clusters of blooms that are rarely very fragrant.
- Climbers – which add height to your garden and can be trained to cover fences, pagodas, obelisks and trellises.
- Ramblers – vigorous climbers that can cover anything from a fence or bank to an unsightly outbuilding.
- Patio Roses – compact roses ideal for patio containers.
- Persica - modern hybrid rose with dark shades at the centre of the bloom that form an 'eye', ideal for border edges and containers.
Regardless of the variety or type of rose they generally have similar requirements when it comes to planting.
How To Plant a Rose
- Soil preparation – roses need rich, moist but well-draining soil so it is good to dig in some compost prior to improve soil structure and aid water retention. Well rotted farm yard manure or rose compost is ideal for this and should be dug into and mixed with the soil you intend to plant in. It is important though that the soil is generally moist but never waterlogged.
- Dig a whole twice as wide as the pot the rose is provided in and only as deep as the pot. There is no need to add any further compost to the hole as this will only discourage roots from spreading further out into the soil.
- Before removing your rose from its pot, water it generously.
- It is a good idea to add some mycorrhizal fungi around the roots of the plant as you place them in the whole as this will aid with better root development and enable nutrients to get to your plants more quickly making for healthy shrubs.
- Once you have positioned your rose, backfill the hole with the same soil you dug it from insuring that the soil only reaches the same level on your plant as it was in the pot you purchase it in. You can also place a small cane across the planting hole and use it to make sure that the graft union is at soil level. The graft union should be easily identifiable as a kind of knuckle on the main stem. This is where the cultivar has been grafted to the rootstock.
- You can then firm the rose in and give it a good watering.
If you are replacing old roses with new roses, ensure that you dig out the soil to a depth and width of 45cm (18in) and exchange it with soil from a different part of the garden as this will reduce the risk of disease.