So popular is this large group of deciduous or semi-evergreenand climbers that thousands of varieties are grown. Some might say that no garden is complete without at least one rose.
Suitable site and soil. A rich medium loam in an open and sunny site is best. Prepare the site with well dug-in rotted manure orand dress the topsoil with peat.
Cultivation and care. Plant out in late autumn. Keep watered during a dry spell in spring or summer. Feed about every three weeks during the growing period, apply a mulch in spring andaccording to type of rose.
Propagation. Can be increased by(species only), , budding or grafting.
Recommended varieties. There are many types of rose and thousands of varieties to choose from. A classic rose is R. ‘Peace’ a vigorous hybrid tea rose that can grow to 1.8m – 6ft and spread 90cm – 3ft, with large scented, shapely yellowtinged with pink. An excellent climbing rose isR. ‘New Dawn’ . A fine modern rose is the floribunda R. ‘Iceberg’ which grows to about 75cm – 21 – 2ft high and spreads 60cm – 2ft. It produces sprays of white double through summer and autumn. A good species rose variety is R. moyem ‘Geranium’ with scented, flat, blood-red flowers in summer. It grows to about 3m – 10ft.
Pests and diseases. Common problems are, caterpillars, black spot, grey mould, powdery and rust.
Grow a climbing rose with another climber. A good mix is R. ‘New Dawn’, withx jackmanii ‘Superba’. The pink of the rose and the purple of the clematis go well together.