Yes, You Can Grow Roses
Publication Year: 2013
Most gardeners have tried, with more or less success, to grow roses. For a plant that has been in cultivation all over the world for millennia, roses have an oddly persistent reputation for being finicky and disease-prone, difficult to establish, and in need of constant tending.
And then you see a sprawling shrub, loaded with yellow blossoms, spilling carelessly over a church dumpster or a climbing mass of red roses clambering over a chain link fence. You wonder why growing a rose bush in your backyard should be so intimidating.
Now, veteran gardener and author Judy Barrett tackles the persistent rumors and illusions that inhibit many of us from trying our hand at cultivating roses. She answers the most common questions (how to water, prune, train, and choose the best locations, among others) and then points readers in the direction of the many good choices to be had among both antique and old roses (the Bourbons and China roses, for example) and some newer varieties (hybrid teas, miniatures, and others). She also gives advice about cold-hardy roses and offers tips for ensuring success with heat- and drought-tolerant Earth-Kind® roses.
Illustrated with gorgeous photographs throughout, Yes, You Can Grow Roses will convince you that these beautiful plants are not nearly as fussy, frail, and persnickety as you thought. By following Barrett’s advice, you’ll enjoy season after season of durable, aromatic beauty in your garden.
Published by: Texas A&M University Press
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Roses Real and Mythological: A Brief History of Roses and Rose Rumors
Now there is a misconception about roses that can easily be put to rest. But it is only one of many. Gardeners and nongardeners alike are plagued with myths, rumors, traditions, gossip, and other unreliable information about roses, that most popular of flowers. ...
Myths and Misconceptions about Roses
One reason that people believe roses are delicate plants is that the rose flower itself appears to be delicate. The petals are soft and easily torn; they quickly fall from the flower when it is cut and brought into the house; keeping a rosebud tightly furled is nearly impossible. ...
Truths about Roses
The most important step in successful rose growing happens before the rose is ever put into the ground. Choosing the right rose goes a long way in making sure the rose grows well and blooms beautifully. Your climate is the first factor to consider when choosing a rose. ...
Frequently Asked Questions about Roses
When roses are first planted, they need consistent and frequent watering. If it is not raining after you plant your roses, water them with a drip irrigation system or slow drip of the hose until the soil is moist at least 1 inch below the surface. Putting mulch in place when you plant your rose will keep the soil from drying out quickly. ...
Many Good Choices Both Old and New
This is by no means a comprehensive list of roses, and your favorite may not even be listed here, but these are good, easy-care roses that will grow in most climates. They are listed by class or family since the classes indicate how the rose will grow and in most cases what it looks like. ...