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Rose Gardening, A Beginners Guide

Garden with some roses in it
Is a garden complete without at least a few rose bushes? We don't think so! Perhaps you have always thought that roses were difficult? Well, the truth is, they are only as difficult as you make them. There are many types that you can just basically plant and forget... no need to spend endless hours deadheading, pruning, fertilizing, and all the other chores generally associated with roses. That can come later as you begin to expand your garden with more and different varieties ;-)

A ground cover type such as one of the knockout varieties is suitable for beginners. So to is the star rose. Many of the polyanthas and floribundas are also tolerant of neglect. Perhaps stay away from the more fussy roses such as the gallicas and other old styles, they tend to need a little more care with things like diseases and pests.

If you want to have a go at growing climbers, you can't go wrong with planting a banksiae. Stick it in the ground and as long as it gets enough sun and water then it will grow and flower for you!

Our Rose Gardening Guides

In recent years, there’s been a lot of advances in plant technology and care.  Many species and breeds are made specially to be easy going and low maintenance.  They still have their characteristic great blooms and scents though.

We'll show you how to pick the right species for your climate and environment. You'll learn the right times to plant and seed your plants.   We’ll review the best methods for pruning and care.  We’ll even help with some of the best ways to work with your cut flowers.  After the season, learn how to properly winterize your roses, if you live in a cold climate like me.  The rest of you, well, enjoy those winter bloomers!

Follow the links for more information on basic steps to get started in the process:

Care of Roses– Start at the beginning, and get an overview of what's involved with growing roses.

Planting– Doing a poor job with your plant can leave it with weak roots.  Make sure to get it done right.

Pruning– Sometimes your blooms need a little trim so they can have room to sprout and re-grow. Learn how to do it correctly.

Cutting– A vase full of vibrant bloomers looks great in a kitchen or dining room.  Learn how to do it yourself.

Propagating– A little more advanced, but we’ll see how you can easily build up your garden and share the wealth.

Winterizing– Make sure that your roses can weather the cold weather and come back even stronger in the spring!.

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