Roses, sometimes get a hard time from gardeners, as they believe they are really hard work to maintain, but with a little love and attention then they can give you flowers and scent all summer in the garden. Pictured opposite is Gertrude Jekyll, a David Austin rose and my current rose love this summer!
Roses really benefit from being fed with a good fertiliser. My mother in law has some fabulous roses in her garden, with no black spot and she would credit this to using horse manure to feed her roses. I would recommend to feed your roses after pruning, if possible with horse manure, if this is not available, you could use a rose feed or Gee-Up, which is treated horse manure, treated in that it is exposed to high temperatures, it has the look of compost but it is a great source of nutrients for your plants. (it can also be used in your vegetables, shrubs, fruit trees etc) and it's organic. Roses are considered hungry plants, for this reason I don't generally tend to plant underneath them, as the underplanted shrubs/flowers will take nutrients that the roses will need. I would recommend to feed your roses regularly from March until June, so that you'll have an abundance of flowers on your shrubs for the summer.
This year I have added to the roses that I grow myself, I again have Arthur Bell, which is a yellow really scented rose and flowers for the summer. I love this rose for the scent and colour as I think yellow is always sunny and bright. It gets very little/no disease and once you dead head it, you will be rewarded all summer.
I also have added two David Austin Roses, including Graham Thomas, which is red and Gertrude Jekyll which is pink - and oh my the scent. We have a limited amount of these left in stock, they are proving very popular, and again flower all summer.
Other varieities include, Sexy Rexy, pink scented, Rhaposdy in Blue, they say it's the closest to blue that you will get on a rose and it's fabulously scented too. I have two climbers, Dublin Bay and Galway Bay, pink and red climbers, all of these varieties will keep flowering all summer.
I love Roses that flower all summer and that's what these varieties will do, my garden is not that big (childrens goals take over a lot of the garden) and I like to have something that's going to flower for the summer and not just a few weeks. There are other varieties of roses that I have in smaller numbers including Troika, Nostalgia, carpet roses to mention but a few..
I hope that this helps you if you are thinking of putting a few roses into the garden this year. When planting the rose in the garden, ensure that you dig a large hole for the rose and add in your compost and fertiliser to the soil. Potted Roses can be planted at any time of the year, once it's planted you will need to water it thoroughly. If this hot weather continues you will need to water it as with any new shrubs or trees that you have planted recently.
To prune your roses, I would recommend doing this at the end of February, this year Bryan pruned ours very late it was nearly April and it has flowered already this summer. You can give your roses a light trim in November to prevent wind damage to the shrub during the winter months, but I would wait until February to give a good pruning to then.