Rose Gardening Made Easy
Everything You Need To Know
About Growing Roses

Do you love rose gardening, roses and flowers, and are searching for creative ideas for gardening with roses?

Maybe you want learn how to care for roses, and are trying to find low maintenance roses that are easy to grow?

This web site about Rose Gardening will help you to have success with growing roses.

I got interested in rose gardening because my mother took us around to beautiful Royal gardens when I was just a young child, and my aunts in Sweden had beautiful rose gardens.

I got addicted to the wonderful fragrant, beautiful roses when I was young, and I knew that I one day would be having a garden of beautiful roses.

Read along as I introduce you to creative and charming ideas for your garden, patio or balcony.

No matter what kind of garden you have, there's almost certainly a rose that will give you a beautiful garden display.

I also have a page where you can contact me directly if you need help with rose problems.

Just look under my header where it says Ask Annelie and use the link there to access that contact page.

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Designing With Roses

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When you design a garden with roses, it's very rewarding because roses come in so many forms, and they grow in such versatile ways.

For example, if you want a low-growing ground cover plant in sunny low maintenance area, choose a landscape rose such as carpet roses.

And if you want to add height plant a climbing rose such as the all white climbing Iceberg rose.

It will look lovely on an arbor or pergola.

Roses look great in all styles of gardens, so you can plant them in nearly any type of bed, border, or landscape.

Choose A Garden Style

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Among My Roses

The roses in the picture of me are the salmon colored Westerland climbing rose and the white 'Fabulous' floribunda rose.

Rose gardens offers many options for a style.

Formal rose gardens in the European style have squared or rectangular garden beds, both raised or in the ground.

I happen to adore circular beds in the center of a lawn, because they show off roses at all angles.

You can also create a less structured look such as a many cottage rose gardens.

They usually have irregular, freeform beds filled with roses and a mix of perennials.

Roses soften hard lines in any landscape and add a touch of romance.

If you like to grow roses for bouquets, be sure to pick the roses with the longest vase life.

For a showstopping effect plant tree roses along both sides of a walkway or driveway.

You can have a similar effect on a patio, terrace or sunny balcony, by forming a line of large potted tree roses.

Rose Companion Planting

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My Husband Tony Under The Rose Arbor

I took this picture of my husband under the rose arbor covered with his favorite climbing 'Blush Noisette' rose. Isn't it lovely?

Even though there are enough roses to choose from to fill any garden, I like to plant them among other plants.

As companion plants to perennials, roses offer the advantage of a wide range of flower sizes and forms.

I use large roses such a the Queen Elizabeth grandiflora rose as anchor plants in beds.

Miniature roses can be used as edgers interplanted with a low-growing perennial in a complimentary color.

Roses also look good when paired together, especially when you pair different growth forms, such when you underplant a tree rose with 3 or more mini roses at the base.

Companion plants, as a rule, should have shallow, or small root systems that won't rob the roses of water and nutrients.

And they should never become entangled (with the exception such as the smaller clematis) or shade the roses.

Let the mature size of the rose help you determine where to plant any surrounding perennials and bulbs.

Place tall shrub roses and climbing roses to the back of the bed with medium and and short plants in front of them.

Always keep in mind the foilage and the flower of the companion plants.

They should compliment the foilage and flower of the roses.

Plants with lots of tiny flowers such as hardy geraniums, sweet alyssum and candytuft are very attractive when growing with roses.

Planning A Garden With Roses

How you plan your garden, depends on how creative you are.

Some gardeners have the ability to envision the entire garden in their heads.

Others use a sketch pad, or buy pre-planned gardens, or plan from famous gardens they have seen in person or in a magazine.

Others like to design a garden by standing on the spot and "drawing" it on the ground.

I prefer to set the potted plants right into the garden space, and move them around, like you would when arranging a room of furniture.

Before I dig them down I arrange them according to their mature heights and widths.

This design method allows you to look at your garden from different vantage spots, such as from the inside of your house, ouside patio, or from the street, so you can enhance your view.

Whatever works best for you and what pleases you is the right way.

And if the end result looks good it's a success.

annelie



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