The environment on Mornington Peninsula is perfect from growing roses. There is even a rose, the Mornington Rose bred specifically for the area. Beautiful. To see exactly how beautiful these roses are in their natural habitat we recommend you visit Mornington Botanical Rose Gardens. They have over 4000 roses planted in nearly 90 different beds for you to enjoy.
Roses can look great in the garden, but what if you don’t have much of a garden to put roses in? Fear not, you can place roses in garden pots for the patio, or you could have roses in garden ornaments, entwining with the feature, helping to make the feature more attractive, and in touch with its environment.
Rose Planting Options
You may not have a garden at all, but if you have a balcony big enough for a medium sized pot, then you can have the beauty of roses in your home. Miniature roses won’t grow to the full size of normal rose shrubs, and can be grown in portable patio pots. The roses should be placed outside on the balcony until they flower, and then they can be brought into the apartment for up to a month, bringing a beautiful floral and fragrant touch to your home. You might try ‘Top Marks’ as your indoor/outdoor rose.
Rambling and climbing roses in garden trellising and framework can look great. Climbing roses will flower more frequently, where as rambling roses will only flower once. Rambling roses also prefer to climb around trees or roll across the ground, rather than climbing up. Climbing roses in gardens can grow quite tall on the other hand, with the ‘Graham Thomas’ climbing anywhere up to 8 feet. Ideal if you’d like to decorate a fence with something more than your average rambling or climber plant.
Hybrid tea roses are the featured roses in garden centers everywhere. The hybrids have been bred to have greater benefits than the older varieties; as these were susceptible to problematic growing. The hybrids offer modern day green fingered folk a hardier plant, one that is more suited to our climate and conditions. This breeding has not compromised the delicate design or fragrance of the original tea rose varieties. ‘Julia’s Rose’ is a popular choice of tea rose, although there are a great deal of types.
Other popular roses in gardens include:
- ‘Anne Boleyn’ – A free flowering rose plant suitable for pots; offering a blossom pink flower.
- ‘Golden Celebration’ – The name hints at the color; and the celebration really is one of smell than sight. This rose has a strong scent of tea mixed with light citrus notes. This fragrant English Rose is very popular.
- ‘Darcey Bussell’ – If you love your roses to be deep crimson red, this could be the rose for you; although you need to be aware this particular rose enjoys a warm spot. Ideal if you want an eye catching small shrub.
- ‘ Mornington Rose‘ – As noted above a lovely pink full petalled rose bred right here on the Mornington Peninsula.
Roses look great in gardens, without a doubt, and there is plenty of advice available online to help you develop a beautiful rose bush in time. Remember, growing roses in gardens takes patience and diligence. Gardening in general is a mixed bag of short term efforts and long term rewards. You can have roses to be proud of; it just takes a little practice. Keep a note of what works, and what doesn’t.
The garden rose has featured in many films, stories and poems. It is a sign of love, affection and romance; however, for the gardener, the garden rose can be the symbol of a difficult and finicky plant that struggles to grow, even with the greatest of care.
Hybrid rose plants have been developed in recent years and decades to provide the gardener with a hardier versions and varieties of favorite classical roses. Hybrids generally produce more blooms, are more resilient to diseases, and respond better to treatments.
The production of the garden rose as a hybrid has seen the development of hundreds, if not thousands of new varieties, each with their own color, shape and fragrance. Newer varieties include climber or rambling roses, as well as miniature roses that can be used in patio pots.
If the garden rose is one of your favorite flowers, then you need to get online and start shopping. There are a number of online rose retailers and growers, and the internet can provide a far better selection of plants at far better prices than you’d find in your local store. There are also many detailed advice provided on the web such as the RHS and for equipment GardenEaze.
The garden rose is still a plant out of sorts; even with the introduction of hardier hybrids, they can survive and succeed excellently in one area, while struggling in another. Before you purchase your rose, you should consult with the site or garden centre, and ensure that the rose that your climate and conditions suit the rose.
Despite the need for a unique care plan for your garden rose, you can use some simple techniques and advice to ensure your roses always look beautiful.
Caring for Garden Roses
The garden rose loves a good feed, and a good drink. Most garden roses require an inch of water per week. Use a container to establish how much rainfall each week contributes to this inch of water. If not enough rain falls during one week, be sure to water your rose plant to quench it’s first. Refrain from watering your plant during the middle of the day; the water will simply evaporate before hitting the roots. Instead, water your plants on an evening.
Tools are important as the thorns cause problems. Secateurs are essential and for difficult to reach roses tree loppers are a good alternative.
When feeding the garden rose, you should use a liquid feed, mixed in with water. You should feed your rose plants once a month. Use the internet to find out which feeds are recommended. To help keep your rose plant looking perky, you should lay mulch on the ground around the plant’s base. Material such as lawn cuttings or wood chippings makes excellent mulch material.
Pruning and Deadheading
Regular deadheading and proper pruning will help your plant make the most of the resources that you provide it. Deadheading and pruning can baffle a lot of gardeners, but you’ll find plenty of advice online to help you improve these techniques.
Ensure that the garden rose has plenty of protection during the winter months. Roses particularly dislike frost, and you will need to introduce burlap gradually to your rose plant, to prevent frost from spoiling next year’s blooms.
Looking after roses isn’t that tough, and most gardeners get the hang of their garden rose after a season or two. Be patient, and you will grow the garden rose that makes your neighbors green with envy!