June plant of the moment



Roses are one of the nation’s favourite plants and their colourful, scented flowers look glorious at this time of year. Despite the wealth of advice written about roses, they are actually quite forgiving plants and will try their very best to produce beautiful blooms.

Traditionally roses were planted as bare roots during the winter months, up to March. However, with plants now sold in containers, you can plant them out into the garden or a pot at any time of year. The key is to make sure you water them daily for at least the first fortnight after planting - and during dry spells after that, until flowering has finished.

As long as you water them properly, roses will survive a bit of neglect. However, if you want the very best from them, there are a few simple ways to achieve this.

When you’re choosing your rose, think about how much space you have. If your sunny space is limited, choose a shrub rose which you can prune to the size required or plant in a pot. Alternatively, choose a climber and make use of the vertical space in your garden. If you’re growing a rose against a wall, put in a strong support and plant the rose at least 40cm away from the base of the wall.

Position your rose in a sunny spot, where it has at least four hours of sunlight each day. It will survive with less, but won’t produce as many flowers.

Throughout the flowering season, deadhead any spent flowers just below the bloom. This encourages the plant to put its energy into producing more flowers.

Companion plants:

Grow roses alongside these plants to create an interesting display:

  • Nepeta Walkers Low
  • Geranium Rozanne
  • Digitalis
  • Penstemons for late summer
  • Peony Karl Rosenfeld
  • English lavender
  • French lavender
  • Grasses, like Briza media or Pennisetum

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Top tips:

  • Roses look their best when you grow them in combination with other plants. Planting a group of complementary plants around your rose will not only hide the bare stems at the base, it will also keep weeds down and help conserve water in the soil.
  • When you’re pruning shrub roses in February or March, cut the stem back to an outward facing bud to encourage a goblet shape. Prune out any dead or diseased stems, or any that are rubbing against each other.

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