Planting a rose garden is a delightful way to add fragrance and color to your lawn area. If you are an amateur or haven’t planted roses in the past, a few tips will increase your success with this type of plant. One of the most important steps you can take when planning your rose garden is to check with your local tree nursery. The staff can give you advice on which roses grow best in your hardiness zone. If you choose wisely, the colorful garden plants you select will grace your yard with color and fragrance for many years.
Place the garden plants into the ground as suggested by the tree nursery staff or consult a book about growing roses. These sources tell you to the proper depth and location that is most appropriate for your rose choices. Careful attention to these details ensures that the roses thrive for years.
Prune your roses annually after the last frost. This is an excellent time to rid the garden plants of any damage due to snow or harsh winter weather. It is also the appropriate time to shape up the rose bushes. Make your cuts about ¼ to ½ inch above the node and cut at an angle. The distance is essential so that the roses obtain new growth and do not experience diseases or die back from an improper cut. Some roses do very well in many zones. One type of rose that requires no deadheading is disease resistant and requires little maintenance is the Knock Out rose. It is available in many colors such as red, yellow, apricot and pink.
Rugosa roses are a hardy shrub variety that is even appropriate for parking lots and roadways. Talk to the tree nursery staff to select the best types for your region.