If you’ve been looking into rose gardening, varieties of roses available may seem overwhelming to your. With so many different types of roses out there, as well as crossbreeds and new breeds coming out constantly, you may not know what to plant in your rose garden.
If you are a beginner, you should ignore more rose varieties. Many of them are weak and may not last under the care of a gardener without a true green thumb. You should start with the sturdiest breeds so that you can be sure your rose garden will bloom year after year. The oldest breeds of rose are the sturdiest and newer breeds tend to require more tender loving care in order to survive, let alone thrive. You also want to avoid rose bushes that have been grafted to a root stock from which they did not originally grow, as these are harder to maintain.
Different breeds of rose bushes must be spaced a certain distance apart, so when choosing from the wide variety; consider how much space you have available and the number of rose bushes you wish to plant. Miniature rose bushes require anywhere from twelve to fifteen inches of personal space so that they can breathe, while standard size breeds like the floribundas and hybrid teas need anywhere from eighteen to thirty inches to please their “lungs”. With climbing varieties, you should plan for at least eight feet and up to twelve feet between rose bushes.
While different varieties require different amounts of direct sunlight, a good rule of thumb to remember in lack of complete information is that most rose gardens do well when they receive at least six hours of direct sunlight, although some do not need so much. Consult with your local nursery to get more information on individual rose varieties and the gardening needs for each so that you can choose products for a rose garden that will flourish in your climate.