Top a container with an obelisk to support climbing roses or accent shrub roses, such as these Knock Outs. Made of square dowels, the obelisk is topped with a 4-inch turned table leg (#295979) on a redwood post cap (#62522). It’s painted with Valspar Secluded Garden indoor/outdoor spray paint. The terra cotta container wears Valspar Ancient Ruins stone spray paint.
Impressive Shelf Life
This multitasking ledge can serve as a potting surface, provide outdoor shelf space, or display miniature roses. Simple and stylish, two decorative metal shelf brackets (#355019) support a pine board stained with Olympic semi-transparent stain/sealant tinted in Jatoba.
Take a Stand
Make every occasion special with a bouquet of flowers snipped from your easy-care shrub roses. Then elevate your arrangement with an indoor/outdoor tray and stand. The tray is a water-heater pan (#543480) spray-painted Valspar Leafy Rise. The folding stand is made from dowels and rope painted Valspar Secluded Garden. It’s shown beside a Cascade Creek chair (#496822).
Shrub roses are large enough to serve as landscape anchors. Here’s how to keep yours looking good:
- Site them in full sun (6 or more hours a day) with well-drained soil.
- Amend the soil with plenty of compost for better root growth.
- Mulch with shredded leaves, pine straw, or wood chips to conserve soil moisture.
- Fertilize in spring with rose food.
- Water regularly. Avoid wetting foliage at night -- it can cause foliar disease.
- Treat black spot disease (less prevalent with new varieties) with copper fungicide.
- Fight Japanese beetles that may skeletonize leaves. Flick the beetles into a jar of soapy water in the early morning when they’re less active.