Landscaping with roses is one way to add beauty to your home landscape. You can use roses in your home garden as both standalone bushes and climbers trained over a trellis, a wall, fence or even a garden shed as part of an overall landscape plan where you combine roses with other plants and flowers. Here are some tips to get started:
- Plan. It’s a good idea to start planning for next spring’s garden the winter before.
- Ask yourself what you want to get out of your roses, and decide how to best use them. You can use roses for many different reasons, from providing an attractive ground cover to providing a dramatic backdrop for a beautiful home. For example, you can train climbing roses to grow up and over a trellis or to highlight and enhance a bare wall or garden shed.
- Research the varieties that are most likely to thrive in your climate.
- Ask yourself how much time you have to devote to growing roses, since some varieties are harder to grow than others. If your time is limited, you may want to choose hardier, easier to grow varieties.
- Determine the best location for the roses in the garden or landscape. For example, hybrid musk roses grow well even in less than full sun, so you can use them in shady areas, but be aware that hybrid musk roses do not grow as well in colder climates.
- Understand the pests and diseases that are specific to roses, and take steps to prevent those problems before planting your roses.
- Learn more with Landscaping with Roses: Gardens Walkways Arbors Containers or Passion for Roses: Peter Beales’ Comprehensive Guide.
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