Orange Sensation – Show-stopping colour

The blooms of ‘Orange Sensation’ truly are a sensational colour: a fiery vermilion red touched with gold in the centre. Borne in clusters, the highly scented blooms are large and fully double, and the buds are well shaped.

ANNUAL CALENDAR

SPRING

March-April:

Tread in soil around base of mature plants that may have been rocked by winter winds, as water collecting around the base can cause rot. Watch for aphid infestation on emerging buds.

Apply fertilizer.

SUMMER

May-July:

Deadhead (remove fading flowers) regularly. Spray against mildew and black spot.

Keep beds weeded.

Watch for aphids and other insect pests.

July:

Second application of fertilizer.

AUTUMN

August-September:

Plan new plantings and prepare sites.

WINTER

October-February:

Plant new bushes.

Prune established plants.

To keep flower clusters looking their best, deadhead (remove dead flowers) regularly, pinching out each withered bloom. Prune out entire clusters as they finish flowering, cutting back to the first bud just above a full leaf.

Planting schemes

A rose with such strong colouring needs careful placing in the garden. Ideally, ‘Orange Sensation’ should be given its own bed. Unify the design by repeating an edging of Stachys byzaniina or a similar silver-leaved plant.

In the flower garden, ‘Orange Sensation’ looks good with Cotinus coggy-gria ‘Notcutt’s Variety’, and other plum- or copper-coloured foliage plants. 1, PRUNING, 1

To keep a plant shapely, and productive, prune care-, fully using sharp secateurs

Make the cut slanting down, and away from just above, an outward-facing bud. Cut, all dead and diseased stems, and any thin, weak ones, back to healthy, grow- ing branches. Cut out all inward-growing or crossing branches. Trim the remain- ing healthy stems back to 20-25cm in length

This rose bush has an attractive spreading habit and the flowers are borne in large trusses, so allow it plenty of space in the garden to look its best.

Although ‘Orange Sensation’ is a strong grower and flowers freely, it is particularly susceptible to black-spot and mildew, so it needs extra care.

Ideal situation

Roses are sun lovers. Avoid direct shade from overhanging trees and the impoverished soil at the base of established hedges. An open site facing south or southwest is ideal.

Planting

Container-grown roses can be planted at any time of year when the soil is workable. Keep the bush well watered if planting during dry spells.

However, like bare-root roses, container-grown plants are ideally planted I,

PROTECTIVE FEEDING

Giving a potash-rich feed during early summer can help make ‘Orange Sensation’ more resistant to mildew. This is especially the case if your garden has sandy soil.

Potash encourages strong growth and good quality flowers.

During autumn. At this time, the top growth is dormant and the plants can put all their energy into making roots and becoming established.

Dig a planting hole 45-60cm wide. Dig it deep enough to cover the bud union (the knobbly section where the rootstock joins the stem) by at least 2.5cm to help prevent frost damage.

Stir a spadeful of well-rotted manure into the bottom of the hole.

Add a handful of bone meal to the removed soil.

For a bare-root bush, tidy up the roots by cutting back straggly or broken ones. Fan out the roots in the bottom of the hole, sprinkling soil around them to hold the plant in position while you refill the hole.

When the hole is two-thirds full, gently shake the plant up and clown to work soil around the roots. Finish filling the hole and then gently tread around the plant to firm the soil. Top-dress with a mulch of well-rotted manure.

Cultivation

During dry spells, regularly water roses growing in sandy or chalky soils. Just let water trickle gently around the stem. In heavy and clay soils, roses are fairly drought resistant. However, a permanent mulch (ground covering) of well-rotted compost will help to conserve moisture.

Orange Sensation

SITUATION

Plant in a sunny bed or border where the air circulates freely. This will help prevent mildew.

SOIL

Slightly acid, medium soil is ideal for rose-growing, providing it has been well dug over. Also dig over clay soils and add well-rotted manure or compost.

CARE

During the flowering season remove individual flowers as they fade and cut out entire trusses when they have finished flowering. Prune hard in winter to promote vigour.

The blooms of ‘Orange Sensation’ are really more red than orange, but the brilliance of the colour assures an impact.

PLANT HEALTH

Mildew and blackspot can affect this rose badly. Mildew appears as a powdery deposit on new shoots and foliage.

Blackspot causes dark blotches on leaves which quickly turn yellow and fall.

Keep flower-beds clear of debris, as this harbours fungal spores. Choose an open site where air can circulate freely. Spray with rose fungicide at the first sign of disease. Also spray with pesticide if aphids become a problem.

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