Delve into these gems of expert knowledge to help you grow fabulous roses in your garden. We’ve scoured the internet to find the best planting, propagating and pruning advice from a wide range of independent rose-growing Youtubers, Instagrammers and bloggers. From growing repeat-flowering hybrid teas to choosing heritage English varieties for their gorgeous colour and scent, and whether you’re planting a single standard rose or planning an entire rose garden from bare root plants, these top tips will inspire and inform you every step of the way.
Catherine – Growing Family
The colour of a rose flower can have multiple meanings. A bright red rose symbolises devotion and love, while a darker shade of red means regret and sorrow, explains Catherine from the blog Growing Family. Read her fascinating article to find out what orange, yellow, purple or even blue flowered varieties symbolise in your favourite floral arrangements.
Darren – Darren Harwood
If you’re after fragrant roses, here’s a great opportunity to visit the fantastic garden of rose expert Darren Harwood. In this video tour, he focuses on roses with the best scent from his collection, including one of his top picks, the lovely cream coloured ‘Arthur Bell’. See his fantastic rose arbour in full bloom and get some scented inspiration for your own patch.
Josh – @josh_the_gardener
Over at @josh_the_gardener, professional head gardener Josh highly recommends rose ‘For Your Eyes Only’. “It’s an exquisite award-winning floribunda, blessed with the most gorgeous carefree blooms that open with lively apricot and salmon hues,” he says. To top it off, this prolific variety has a super fragrance too – read all about it in his post.
Grow and Gather Scotland
Gather rose hips from Rosa canina in late autumn if you want to try growing your own plants from seed, says the gardener at Grow and Gather Scotland. His top tip for wild type roses – leave the freshly sown pots outside over winter in the cold to stimulate germination. Watch this informative video to see how he picks and sows his seeds, and find out how the new plants look after a year of growth.
Jane Scorer – Thompson & Morgan blog
Wondering when to plant your roses? “Although container grown plants can be planted at any time of the year, autumn is the preferred time to encourage well established root systems before the surge of growth in spring,” says Jane Scorer over at the Thompson & Morgan blog. Find out how to give your bare root roses the best start in autumn so you can enjoy years of healthy growth.
Bunny – Bunny Guinness
Not sure how to make the most of a standard rose? Over on YouTube, Bunny Guinness uses them to introduce height into her walled garden. This top designer recommends these cleverly compact plants for smaller gardens that don’t have space for a large shrub variety. Her video not only discusses the varieties that perform well in poor conditions, but shows you how to position them to the best effect as well. It’s a good excuse to take a sneak peak at Bunny’s very special garden too.
Check out the roots on Jay Jay’s cuttings! He explains that he gets a quicker ‘rose bush’ shape by rooting a three year old stem, using a piece far thicker than that usually recommended by the experts. Watch his video to see exactly how he gets a brand new rose bush covered in blooms using his maverick method, just 11 weeks after taking a cutting.
Making new rose plants isn’t as tricky as you think! Instagrammer @thegardenoferderm made 21 new plants by leaving cuttings in pots around the garden to root overwinter. His healthy young plants were ready to move into bigger pots the following March. See his method and the results for yourself in the progress pictures shared with his interesting post.
Pruning your young roses helps to give them a fuller shape. If you’re looking for a few tips, watch this very clear video by Huw Richards as he demonstrates exactly how much to take off and where to cut. According to Huw, taking away any tall, leggy, vertical growth encourages more horizontal growth, making a bushier plant with a more formal shape. See his video on how to prune a one year old rooted cutting here.
Luke – @man_about_gardening
Clearing any diseased leaves away from the soil during a summer prune is important to prevent reinfection, says Instagrammer Luke. He usually does a hard prune in January, but likes to keep on top of deadheading and tidying during the warmer months. Head to @man_about_gardening to see his super fun video as he keeps his roses tidy using a pruning checklist.
Woody – Cumbrian Homesteader
Whether pruning floribundas, miniatures, half-standards or hybrid tea rose varieties, the main principles of pruning are the same, says Woody over at the Cumbrian Homesteader. The first step is always to remove any dead, dying and diseased branches from the plant, he says. Watch the video to see how he gets his impressive rose bed ready for winter.
Jenny Loudon – @themindfulgardenco
Instagrammer Jenny has a few simple tips to treat your common rose problems. “With mildew, cut back to healthy growth… With [rust, black spot and botrytis] pull off affected leaves or buds. Treat with organic bee friendly green treatments and worm tea and you have essentially cracked it,” she says. Check out her post @themindfulgardenco to see one of her favourite roses blooming – this is a blogger that clearly knows her stuff.
Rachel – Rachel the Gardener
Does your white petalled rose have pink spots? It’s probably a Botrytis cinerea infection, says Rachel The Gardener. As soon as you see the signs, deadhead the affected flowers to stop the fungus spreading through the plant, she says. See a picture of what to look out for, and read up on this common fungal disease in her information packed post.
Kev – English Homestead
If the scent of your roses is making you crave Turkish delight, have a go at making your own like Kev from English Homestead. “It tastes just like proper Turkish delight and the rose scent comes through just right,” he says. You’ll find his recipe for homemade rose water along with step-by-step instructions and helpful pictures in this fun blog post.
We hope you’ve found this rose-growing content helpful. For even more top resources to keep your roses blooming and healthy, head over to our rose hub page. And if you have a favourite rose, please share it with us on social using #YourTMGarden. We love to hear your success stories!
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