Now that spring is upon us, we are in full-on gardening mode. So when Hometalk, a home and garden online community, shared their tips for creating a flourishing rose garden, we couldn’t wait to get our hands dirty. Novice gardeners, don’t be intimidated! These tips are easy enough for beginners to tackle. Read on to see what steps you need to create your own set of blooms this season.
1. Choose wisely. Make sure the rose bush you plant already has at least one blooming rose. This way, you are already aware of the petal color and that the rose bush will be fragrant. Look into low-maintenance roses that will not require a lot of upkeep. For instance, climbing roses (pictured above) tend to sprawl and produce many blooms, so you will be spared the need to prune your rose bushes regularly.
2. Build your own trellis. Building your own trellis is far less daunting—and less pricey—than it seems! Whether it’s wood, wire, or something else, choose a material that will work with the aesthetic of your garden.
3. Create the right structure. Plant your rose trellises at an angle and leave an area in the center for a fountain or bench so you’re left enough room to enjoy the fragrant flowers. Also, be sure to plant your roses at a distance from any trails or walkways in your garden, so the thorns don’t snag you as you walk by.
4. Prepare the site. Planting roses takes a lot of preparation. When digging the hole, make sure it is about two times wider that your plant’s root ball, but about the same height.
5. Pick a sunny spot. Roses do best in full sun (six or more hours of sun a day), in well-drained, organically rich soil.
6. Know when and how much to water. During the rainy season you will not need to water your roses at all, but in the summer be sure to water your rose garden up to 3 times a week—especially if you spot yellow leaves on your plants. Beware of excess watering! Soil should be moist but not saturated, as roses like to have their “feet” dry and do not like to sit in water.
Tell us: Do you want to start your own rose garden this year?
Michelle Profis Digital Director Michelle Profis is the digital director at ThePioneerWoman.com.
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