Every time you walk or drive past a home featuring a rose garden, you always see someone painstakingly caring for them. As such, many people are of the opinion that roses are high maintenance plants that require you to give them as much attention as your own children need. However, that couldn’t be further than the truth. In most cases, roses only need to be watered until they are well-established, pruned once a year in the winter, then fed twice – once in summer, and once in spring.
Fact – Did you know Roses cost so much more on February 14th(you can probably guess what special day this is).
As such, they are actually considered an ‘easy care’ plant, and we’ve included five ‘must have’ rose varieties for your garden that will offer both beautiful color and fragrance. In case you missed our old article on which popular flower should I grow next summer, then you should read this.
Grandiflora roses, which is Latin for large-flowered, were created in the 20th century as backcrosses of hybrid teas and floribundas. They are larger than both hybrid teas and floribundas but produce similar flowers which bloom in small clusters of between three and five.
While today you are more likely to see hybrid teas and floribundas in someone’s garden, rather than Grandiflora, they are still a stunning rose plant that is deserving of a spot on your property
Miniature roses are just that – miniature. Historically, they were dwarf mutations of Old Garden Roses, and have been grown and bred in China. Most miniature roses flower repeatedly and are between six inches and 36 inches in height. There’s a common misconception that miniature roses because they are small will be suitable as a houseplant. However, roses need seasonal cold and warm conditions to survive. Therefore, the consistent temperature within any home is not an ideal climate for them. In fact, they are most commonly only known to bloom in summer and use the winter months as a period to remain dormant.
Rose breeders, many years ago, saw the need for a rose that would bloom well, while still possessing a great level of floral beauty as well. At the time, such a rose did not exist. As a result of the gap in the market, the Floribunda was born. It’s a cross between hybrid teas and polyanthas and possesses qualities of both roses. It’s small, bushy, but is less dense than polyantha and the flowers are often quite small and are in a tea-shaped blossom. They have a beautiful color and are preferred in public parks and many home gardens.
The Francis Dubreuil plant is a crimson-purple rose that’s absolutely beautiful. It has a mild-to-strong fragrance, is around eight to nine inches in height, and boasts dark green foliage. It blooms in flushes throughout the season, features long buds, and is well-branched in the upright position. It’s a favorite in many homes due to its vibrant colors and strong, prolific blooms.
The Baronne Prevost is one of the earliest hybrids. It’s deep pink with full, quartered blooms and a button eye, and it also gives off a very powerful fragrance. It’s a strong rose with upright growth, and flowers well in most home environments. It also stands tall at approximately 1.5 meters but has an average resistance to disease. As such, you need to always be on the lookout for bugs, ensuring there are adequate insect barriers in place.