The rose could be one of the most popular flowers on earth. It’s romantic, artistic, pretty and… it smells really good!
Roses have been featured in many films, books and pieces of art, and it’s the go-to flower for gifts. It has also been an emblem of dear old England since the War of the Roses in 1455, which could be why roses are so popular here. So if you’re after a quintessentially English garden, roses are the way to go.
Quick rose planting tips
Roses may seem intimidating, but most roses that are suited for UK gardens grow in a variety of conditions.
If you’re a beginner, start with a containerised rose as they establish quickly and easily.
Select the right location in your garden for your roses, keeping in mind that rose bushes should receive at least six hours of light per day. If you have space next to a south facing wall or fence, this is the ideal spot!
Plant in spring or autumn. Like most flowering shrubs, roses find it very hard to establish during a frost, so avoid planting when it’s chilly!
Roses root deep, so make sure the hole you dig – patio container or not – is deep and wide enough to accommodate the plant’s roots AND allow for effective drainage.
Finally, fertilise and water regularly. Slow-release fertilisers will make your life a lot easier. You should water to the equivalent of an inch of rainfall per week.
5 facts you didn’t know about roses
- Rose fragrance is complex, and is often described in layers
- A rose fossil found in Colorado dated back to 35 million years ago
- The tallest rose bush in the world measures 18ft 8in
- The technical name for a rose’s thorns isn’t actually ‘thorn’ – it’s ‘prickle’
- Rose petals (and the hips) are edible!
Although there are over 150 species of roses and thousands of hybrids, the Rose Renaissance collection from Hayloft at QVC really makes an impact.
With three varieties in the collection, Rose Renaissance delivers the perfect combination of colours for a chocolate-box cottage garden. They’re compact and ideal for patio growing too, so you can have a cottage garden in ANY size space!
Rose One in a Million with highly scented maroon red flowers
Rose Mum in a Million with highly scented soft pink flowers
Rose Clair with highly scented peach flowers
Plant these roses in borders or containers in partial sun in a fertile, moist and well-drained soil to get the most out of them. They’ll flower during June to August, creating a welcoming summer environment in your garden. Not only that, but they’ll attract some happy visitors in the form of bumblebees!
Find the Hayloft Rose Renaissance collection at QVC here.
British Flowers Week
It’s always important to buy British products where you can, and that applies to flowers, too! Buying British reduces your carbon footprint as it means that your flowers have travelled less miles to get to you, while also supporting local industries and encouraging wildlife and biodiversity. You’ll also receive fresher flowers which last longer and have a richer scent.
British Flowers Week takes place from 10th-16th June and promotes the support of British growers producing British flowers – and what could be more British than a rose? Roses can be found throughout the UK thanks to our temperate climate, so if you haven’t already grown some, what have you been doing?
Rose Renaissance is the perfect place to start. With double or semi-double blooms that make these flowers look just like the classic English Rose, this collection is perfect for adding a touch of class to your garden.
Which of the Hayloft Rose Renaissance varieties would you pick for your garden? Let me know in your comment, below!
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Michael has been involved with gardening and plants since he was just five years old. He is a self-professed Plant Geek, and was listed in the Sunday Times top 20 most influential people in the gardening world, thanks to his plant hunter role at Thompson & Morgan.
Michael was responsible for new plant introductions such as the Egg and Chips plant and the FuchsiaBerry and keeps busy travelling the world in search of new plants as well as lecturing worldwide, including stints in Japan. He is very active on social media – so why not give him a follow at @mr_plantgeek or Facebook – and writes a plant-focused Substack called Grow This, Not That.