A Rose Garden? Why Have One!

Posted by Ian & Huia Moffat on

Don't you just adore the perfume and sensual look of a rose

In bud or with unfurled petals?

Remembering the heady days of being passionately in love and receiving just a single rose?


Myself - I love any type color or style, just as long as it's a rose!       

What about you?

  • Creating A Rose Garden - Where does it all begin?

  1. What do you want from roses in your flower garden?
  2. To have blooms all season, or once a year?
  3. Standard type for say down a driveway - ramblers for ground cover - climbers as the image shows covering an arbor - or a spectacular 'rose garden' shown in magazines or council gardens for us all to enjoy?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Don't forget the basics!

Like us humans, roses have specific needs as well, needing at least 6 hours of unfiltered, full sunlight each day, apart from the harshest sunlight hours between 12 – 2 pm, where dapple shadow is best.

  • The soil must be well drained, even though roses are thirsty they do not enjoy constant wet feet.
  • Roses are hungry, which means they prefer fertile soil containing stacks of organic matter, composted cow manure, chopped leaves, soil conditioner and ground bark.
  • Good air circulation, somewhere breezy without being windy, as they can be prone to fungal problems, which blow in the wind.

Plan your outdoor garden decor  to make sure the larger roses are at the back or in the middle if a central garden is desired, with smaller varieties in the front.

The best time to plant roses is in mid- to late-spring, when the plants are blooming (so you can see what they look like), and the largest selection is available - also you can get them in the ground before the summer heat arrives.

Some roses come potted, although if you're buying in early spring, you can get away spending less money by buying bare-root roses, which means the plant comes in a plastic bag with its roots wrapped only in moist moss.

I hope this gives you a bit of food for thought and maybe a few garden decoration ideas to consider before embarking on a beautiful rose garden project.

Love to hear from you and see photos of your roses. Huia x 

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