Possibly one of the most popular flowering shrubs grown in UK gardens, the rose is a symbol of love, sympathy and sorrow, and comes in over 100 different species in a variety of colours from the iconic red rose to yellow and even white or purple roses.
If you're new to growing roses, here are a few handy tips to get you started.
Plant your roses in direct sunlight, with no less than 4 hours of daily sunlight for best results
Roses grow best in fertile, clay soil, but a neutral soil also works well. You can enrich your existing ‘in-situ’ soil with our Topsoil BS3882 as this is a perfect blend of 10mm peat-free compost and a locally quarried sub-soil, rich in nutrients with a slightly clay texture.
Also enrich the soil further with well-rotted manure to add maximum nutrients. Our Cow Compost will work perfectly
Do not let the ground become waterlogged and shield them from a potential cold draught. Also, trim the roses you are planting right back so that all the energy is moved to the roots.
Mulch your roses with annually with compost such as our 25mm Compost Mulch, or alternatively Cow Compost.
Finally, watch out for Black Spot! If you spot the signs, cut out the foliage and burn it right away to stop the disease from spreading.