Our Favourite Roses at the Garden Pavilion
A garden without a rose is not complete. From the old fashioned fragrant blousy bloom to the more modern repeat blooming varieties there is a rose for everyone. The varieties available are almost endless but here are a few of our favourites; Gertrude Jekyll This fabulous rose has a strong 'old rose' frangrance. A beautiful double mid pink rose with a repeat flowering nature of the modern rose varieties. It grows to approximately 5ft high and 3ft wide and is ideal for a sunny wall. William Shakespeare A magnificent variety with beautiful rich crimson blooms which deepen to purple. They are deeply cupped but flatten as they age and again have a strong 'old rose' scent. They are good for repeat flowering and have excellent disease resistance. Winchester Cathedral This arching shrub rose has glossy green leaves that accompany clusters of fragrant, double white and buff-pink flowers in Summer and Autumn. This is a good repeat flowering rose and its scent is reminiscent of honey and almond. Rose Trumpeter This is a more modern variety and is a small contact floribunda rose with an upright shrub like habit. Large clusters of double orange-red flowers which seem to last forever are the best feature of this rose, sometimes even flowering into December! It looks great planted en-masse in a flower bed. Rosa Margaret Merill Margaret Merill is a hybrid tea rose. This rose grows to approximately 3ft with shiny dark green leaves. It flowers in Summer and early Autumn with large clusters of double white flowers flushed with pink and has yellow stamens. It's beautiful rich fragrance is its best feature. Rosa Dublin Bay Dublin Bay is a beautiful climbing rose reaching heights of about 8ft. Dark green glossy leaves are the perfect backdrop for the double crimson flowers which have a light soft scent. Roses a very easy to grow. They prefer a sunny position in a spot where their roots are not competing with roots of other plants, particularly trees. Roses enjoy good soil but add plenty of well rotted manure before planting to ensure vigorous growth, regular watering is essential. Good feeding is essential especially for repeat flowering varieties. Slow release fertilisers applied to the ground are the most effective. Mulching around the plants will help conserve moisture, keeps the ground cool and feed the mirco-organisms and worms in the soil. Keep an eye out for pests and diseases, the main ones being greenfly, blackfly, blackspot, mildew and rust. Choose disease resistant varieties where possible. Spraying early in the season is beneficial and can help prevent some diseases. Pruning is very easy - January and February are the best time. That's all for now from the Garden Pavilion, keep tuned for our next gardening tips soon!