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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!
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:
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