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How to grow a Rose plant

Growing Roses Made Easy

The History of Roses
From the coolest white rose to the very hottest red rose, all the roses we grow in our gardens today are the product of more than a staggering 70 million years of change.

Picture of Old White Rose Agnes We know this from fossil records dating back to that time. Roses now come in many sizes and shapes - from the tiny miniature roses at only 10cm (4in) high, to the lofty climbers reaching up to the tops of trees.

To the left is the old white rose 'Agnes'.

Rose Types
There are many types of roses available in garden centres, so it's important to choose the correct one for your particular situation. Luckily enough, all garden centres use the same names to describe the different types. All the common types of rose are described below.

Wild Roses
These are the parent roses of all other roses, found growing in the wild. Most have small single flowers with five petals. The colours are normally pink, rose, yellow or white rose. Wild roses are very hardy and grow as largish bushes or climbers. They are very resistant to disease and pests. The flowers appear only briefly in early summer, often followed by attractive red hips in autumn

Common varieties include Rosa rugosa which has largish rose coloured flowers and beautiful red hips in autumn, Rosa arvensis with small yellow flowers and Rosa canina with scented pink flowers. 

These are hybrid roses which have been bred by crossing different species of wild roses. They make good-sized shrubs and a few produce flowers in two or more flushes throughout the summer, although most only produce flowers in early summer for three or four weeks. Normally they are over 100 years old.

Picture of Old Garden Rose Felicia
'Felicia' - an old garden rose

The flowers tend to be very large and easily damaged by wind and rain - as a rule though they are highly scented. The China rose (Rosa chinensis) is a well known old garden hybrid which produces a succession of flowers throughout summer. Other hybrids such as Rosa alba produce a single flush. In general, these roses are neither tough nor easy to grow - they are for real rose lovers.
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Other types of roses (climbing, rambler, shrub, Hybrid Tea, ground cover and floribunda) can be viewed by clicking "next rose page" below. Each of these types has a page dedicated to them.


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Name: David Ruston
Date posted: October 29, 2010 - 07:07 am
Message: Hello but could you tell me how to prepare the soil for a new rose garden? Thanks

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Date posted: September 23, 2010 - 01:04 pm
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Date posted: August 01, 2010 - 07:54 am
Message: could you help me please is there a white rose called lady or something similiar, thank you