I ordered about five of the roses recommended in the article, planted them in the Fall, the best time to plant roses, and waited for spring. And thus, my disappointment or lack of skill perhaps, with the rose began.
The first rose called Alba Maxima was beautiful for a few years before suddenly dying. This one would be worth replanting as it was truly gorgeous accept it only bloom once. The second Alba I put in was Blush Hip, the only rose the author would grow if she could choose one.
|Blush Hip - from Pickering Nurseries site - where I buy my roses|
|George Hamilton - Full blooms - Scented|
|Under pine tree|
|Mary Rose - David Auston rose|
1. Websites provide guidelines. However just because the site promises continual bloom, that may not be the case in my garden.
2. Give lots of room to roses. Roses despite best efforts get black spot. I like a full garden look. However, I didn't give the roses enough air to circulate.
3. Pictures are deceptive - they don't really show the size of the rose. Also, roses in real life rarely bloom as profusely as the picture shows.
4. Trial and Error for site. As I said, Geoff loves under the tree. I suspect others may not. I moved Jens Munk from a shadier spot to full sun with better results. Don't be afraid to move a rose.
5. If you really don't like a rose, it is okay to scrap it and try something else. I use to feel so guilty if I took out a plant. However, if it is not working, it is okay to try something else.