Rose bushes add a touch of class to a flower.
If like you are like most novice flower gardeners, you will probably just look at pictures of flowers and choose your rose selections based on the flowers that you like best.
It is important that you like the flowers in full bloom; however, when selecting your rose bushes, you also need to consider where you are going to plant them, whether they will look best as stand-alones or if they will be complementing a flower garden design, and most importantly, what they will need once you plant them.
Types of Rose Bushes
There are basically three types of roses – shrubs, climbing roses and miniature roses. Climbing roses are basically like a vine and they will need something, like a trellis, to grow to their greatest potential.
Shrubs come in many varieties that grow either low to the ground or grow to heights of a small tree. Small, low growing shrubs can be used as ground cover while the larger bushes may be used as stand alone or nicely pruned to serve the use of a hedge. Miniature rose are great for container gardens or for planting in a flower bed.
I have seen a rose garden that was planted with the intention of providing a hedge lining a sidewalk. It was a bad idea because the bushes were planted too close to the sidewalk and they became a nuisance to the gardener. They had to constantly be pruned back to keep them from blocking the walkway.
Roses are fairly low-maintenance, but you have to make sure that they have room to grow. If planting climbing roses, it is fundamental to ensure that the vines have something to grow on.
Tips for Selecting Roses
- Check the mature height and width
- Find out the sunlight requirements of the bush
- Confirm that the bush is appropriate for your hardiness zone
- Distinguish between shrubs, climbing roses and mini-roses
- Ensure that they will have room to grow in the available space
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