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.
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 forinfestation on emerging buds.
Deadhead (remove fading) regularly. Spray against and black spot.
Keep beds weeded.
Watch forand other insect pests.
Second application of fertilizer.
Plan new plantings and prepare sites.
Plant new bushes.
To keep flower clusters looking their best, deadhead (remove dead) regularly, each withered bloom. out entire clusters as they finish flowering, back to the first bud just above a full .
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,care-, fully using sharp secateurs
Make the cut slanting down, and away from just above, an outward-facing bud. Cut, all dead and diseased, 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, so it needs extra care.
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.
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-roses, -grown plants are ideally planted I,
Giving a potash-richduring 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 makingand 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) 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 theby 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 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.
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-rottedwill help to conserve moisture.
Plant in a sunny bed or border where the air circulates freely. This will help prevent mildew.
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.
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.
and blackspot can affect this rose badly. appears as a powdery deposit on new shoots and foliage.
Blackspot causes dark blotches onwhich 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 withif aphids become a problem.