Roses are still one of the most popular garden plants in the UK. gone are the days, for most of us, of long beds of the same variety of roses & with the introduction of new varieties including the great English Roses from David Austin roses are more often planted in mixed borders with shrubs & hardy perennials.
Most of our common garden roses start flowering in late spring & will repeat flowering until the autumn frosts but with a little help they will perform even better.
follow these 3 simple tips for great roses:
- after the first flush of flowers trim the fading flowers off just above a leaf lower down the stem. a new stem grows from here & flowers within a few weeks.
- Spray regularly with a rose fungicide pre mixed with a pest killer such as Westland Rose Rescue or the NEW surfactant Ecoefective Rose Defender*
- feed after the first flush with a dedicated rose feed such as Westland Rose Food with added manure. Rose foods have a higher proportion of POTASH in them to promote lots of flowers.
Trimming or pruning doesn’t need heavy duty pruners but slim pointed ‘snips’ prove to be the best. The Burgon & Ball Pointed Nose Snips are ideal & very popular with our plant teams at Ferndale Garden Centre.
Roses in Pots
We recommend feeding with Gro-Sure All Purpose 6 Month Feed for the best results. High in potash it’s ideal for roses & other flowering plants in pots & you only need to apply once a season.