Roses have long been America’s favorite flower, but now with newer low-maintenance varieites available, they’re also gaining popularity as landscape plants. Gone are the days of fussy roses that require spraying every couple of weeks. Today’s roses are much more self-sufficient.
What’s not to like about this landscape plant? You can grow anything from an 8-inch-tall miniature in a pot to a 20-foot-long climber on a trellis. In between are a host of roses with rounded, upright, rambling and ground-cover habits. And with a wide selection of flower colors, sizes and forms, there is bound to be a rose to fit your style. Many are fragrant, from sweetly floral to spicy.
Good companions include: ornamental grasses, ground covers such as ajuga, creeping Jenny and pachysandra, daisies, mums, and self-seeding annuals such as bachelor’s buttons, celosia and calendula.
Plant Type: Shrub
Height: 18 in–15 ft
Width: 10 in–20 ft
Light Exposure: Full Sun, Partial Sun
Bloom Color: Orange, Pink, Purple, Red, White, Yellow
Bloom Time: Late Spring, Early Summer, Mid Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall, Mid Fall, Late Fall
Foilage Color: Green
Special Features: Attracts Butterflies, Fragrant Flowers, Low Maintenance
Uses: Container Plant, Cut Flowers, Screen/Privacy, Groundcover, Slope/Erosion, Foundation Plant, Informal Hedge
Although newer introductions are an easygoing bunch, they’ll do best if you give them the right conditions. Start with a well-drained site that gets at least 6 hours of sunlight in summer. The soil should be rich and crumbly. Then be sure to give a little space between your rosebush and any tall companions so there’s good air circulation. This cuts down on foliar diseases such as black spot.
Deadheading will keep plants looking neater and may promote reblooming in some varieties. Japanese beetles sometimes skeletonize leaves. You can flick them off rosebushes into a can of soapy water in the morning, when they are less active, or spray them with an insect killer. Black spot is more problematic on hybrid teas than miniatures and shrub roses. Spray with a fungicide, following package directions.
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