Planting A Rose Garden

Choose the right place and set a colorful rose-high-light in your garden

Planting a rose garden may be the fragrant dream of every hobby-gardener, but it meets as well the current trend. Plan and plant a rose garden with my easy step-by-step guide.

Plan Your Rose Garden

The formal version of a rose garden can be seen in public gardens or in large private estates and if you have enough space around your house, that might be a nice idea.

To follow a formal design, edge the rose beds for example with a box hedge.

For those of you who do not like hedges, (me too), use companion-flowers for the free space between the roses.

For hedges use only varieties, that will not compete against the roots of the roses. Box hedges or Yew hedges are excellent examples to use.

Fresh green lawn between the flower-beds will give you a great contrast with the colorful blossoms. Walls and hedges offer great backgrounds too.

Creative Rose Garden Design

Who doesn’t like it that formal and stiff, could maybe prefer the Cottage-Garden Style.

Keep in mind, that the distant effect with such garden-beds will be very important. Light shades of color such as white, yellow and light red should be used for the bloom-color.

On the contrary, dark-red, purple or blue roses are best to be admired at close range.

Because of roses come in a huge array of sizes and forms, every gardener can creatively design his garden.

Roses with dark shaded colors need paths, beds and arbors to emphasize their beauty.

Plan for Paths, Seating and Decoration

Rose gardens pretend to have a noble charisma. Such a garden needs a bit of grandeur and calmness.

A small fountain, a sculpture or an arbor could bring the desired effect.

As the scenery shouldn't appear too serious, some garden gazing globes could bring freshness into the garden. Of course, they should harmonize with the blossoms.

For paths, white or colored gravel would do a nice job and could lead their way to a cozy place, where you can enjoy your rose garden.

Requirements for Planting a Rose Garden

  • Six hours of direct sunlight
  • Good soil drainage
  • Loamy-sandy soil

To avoid diseases, sun is very important. If possible, morning sun would be the best. Wet feet for the roots of the plants will kill your roses in no time.

Choose Companion Flowers

Because roses don't flower the whole year, gardeners think about how to extend the flowerage in times when they don't show their blossoms. Rose companion-flowers are the solution for flowerless times.

Consider not every flower is suitable to be a good companion. The requirements of sun, soil and location should fit to the companions too.

Many of these plants do have a beneficial effect without upstaging the roses.

The companion’s duty is to fill the gaps between the rose bushes. Especially below tall-growing floribundas, new garden-bed areas do form.

Take a closer look to Rose Companions and find flowers who already have grown in several gardens.

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