Journal of a Gardener 17/07/2017

Why Roses Sometimes Fail To Thrive

After spending time selecting the right rose, the right location, and planting out, make sure that you give it the small amount of TLC it needs to blossom (pun intended) into a mature specimen which will give you pleasure for years, and possibly decades to come. The following are potential issues which can be easily side stepped with the right know how.

Planting a new rose in the same place as an old rose
Roses are greedy feeders, and will take all the nutrients and minerals out of the ground. When you plant a new rose in the same place as an old rose, there will be nothing left in the soil for it to feed on. This is easily avoided by using Rootgrow, a granular treatment which creates a secondary fungal root system which attaches to the roots of the plants and effectively extends them, enabling the rose to reach further into the soil for the nutrients and minerals it needs.
Wind Rock
A rose which is too loosely planted, particularly if it is in an exposed situation, may rock back and forth in strong wind, damaging the plant, and exposing the roots to the elements. When you plant out make sure that the soil around the root ball is well trodden in.
Fresh Manure
While roses will absolutely benefit from a mulch of manure, it must be well rotted down, and probably at least 18 months old. The chemicals in fresh manure will burn the roots. For this reason, we recommend that if you are unsure of the history of your manure, that you buy it from a garden centre. When applying it leave a small circle, about 3” away from the stems, around the base of the rose.
90% of rose problems can be avoided if the rose is well watered. Roses need watering regularly throughout the growing season, almost regardless of rainfall. We recommend a watering can full of water every other day for newly planted roses. Watering must be supported by a soil with good drainage, as too much water around the roots can be as harmful as too little. When planted in to pots this may be as much as a can every day during hot dry weather.
Routine hard pruning
Very hard pruning (i.e. cutting the stems to just above the ground) should only take place as almost a last resort on mature roses which need reinvigorating or diseased roses. It should not be done to young roses which are trying to establish themselves. “Diseased, dead and crossing stems should be removed to provide better air circulation, along with light pruning to shape the rose, but that is very likely all that is necessary during the growing season.

For more information on pruning in spring, see our "Simple Guide to Rose Care.”

If you are unsure about any of the above, or would like some specific advice, please do not hesitate to contact us, or better still, pop into the shop and have a chat.

Journal of a Gardener 05/07/2017

‘What’s in a name?’

Our Top 5 Scented Roses currently in flower and in stock (in no particular order, although we all have our favourites!)


Chandos Beauty 
A smaller hybrid tea rose, growing just 2 – 3ft, with an abundance of classically shaped, soft apricot, blooms which have a strong fruity scent. An award winner with excellent disease resistance.
A hybrid tea rose growing 3ft – 4ft, with more flowers than the average hybrid, and huge, ruffled blooms changing from cream, to apricot to deep pink from the centre to the outer petals.
A distinctive rose, very different from any other.
The powerfully sweet scent is enough to knock you off your feet.
Roseraie De l’Hay
A Rugosa rose with intense magenta blooms, smelling of sugared almonds.
These roses will turn to hips in autumn if not dead headed, creating ongoing colour and interest. This rose has the added benefit of being incredibly vigorous and disease resistant.
At 5ft, it can be grown as a hedge, and if you need a hedge, what could be better than a scented one?
Another Hybrid Tea, the classic full rose in deep red.
With upright growth and long stems, this is perfect for cutting and filling the house with its rich damask perfume.It grows up to 4ft, and is best situated at the back of the border.
Ebb Tide
A Floribunda rose growing with clusters of deep and dreamy purple blooms, the size and colour of which vary with the temperature, cool temperatures producing the biggest and deepest coloured.
A show stopper on unusual looks alone, this rose also has a spicy clove like fragrance.
Unlike the Hybrids above, this can be grown in a container or in the garden. Always a fast seller, snap this one up quickly before we sell out.If none of the above suit your needs, give us a call and we can recommend some alternatives to suit your location and colour scheme.
Even better, come and visit us and compare the scents for yourself – we have cake!