Here at The Garden Style Company we just love roses. Big ones, little tiny ones, ramblers, climbers, and especially the big old romantic red ones.


For today’s garden tip, we’ve put together a quick guide for our dear readers that will show you how to grow and maintain roses so that they are happy and beautiful for years to come.

Preparation
Container-grown roses can be planted at any time of the year whereas bare root roses can only be planted between November and February. The first job then, is to make sure you know which type you are buying – this is where an actual trip to your local garden centre or nursery is preferable to buying online.

Next off, you need to choose the perfect spot. Roses are pretty easy going but they do like good access to the sun so don’t go for anywhere too shady or dark.

Planting
Dig a nice big hole big enough for the roots of your plant. Add a good layer of bone meal to the bottom then fill in with decent peat-free compost keeping in mind that if you are replacing an old rose plant, you will need to also replace the soil otherwise your new plant won’t grow. Pop your rose in to the hole and fill in with your compost and a good layer of well-rotted manure too.

Looking after your roses
Roses are super easy to keep happy – a big part of their winning characters, they look great for little effort. Your soil type really dictates when and how to feed your roses. For heavy clay soil, feed twice a year whereas roses in sandy soil need feeding monthly during the growing season. It’s best to use a specialist rose fertiliser to keep your plants in optimum condition. Roses like a nice moist soil so it’s important to keep up the watering over a dry summer (we wish!). Give your roses a good drink in the morning and they will thank you by producing gorgeous flowers all summer long.


Pruning
Many beginner gardeners get quite anxious about the thorny topic of pruning but roses could not be easier. Prune back your roses between February and March to about a third their original size. Make sure there isn’t a frost so your roses don’t suffer frost damage.

Climbers and trailers need slightly different care. It’s important to follow the instructions on the label of your plant but a general guide, pruning this type of rose should be done Autumn-time, in September or October.

There are so many types of roses out there to choose from and as many again colours. Whichever type you opt for, roses are really a treat to behold in any garden and with a little tender loving care, will go on for years and years.

How about planting up a beautiful rose bush this weekend? Go on, we bet you’ve got the perfect spot just waiting for a little rose-shaped glory!