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Whether you are in western Washington or on the east side of The Evergreen State, roses are timeless favorites that add elegance to any yard! Due to recent events, many people have begun trying their hand at gardening. Especially for beginners, the fragrant, hardy rose has our highest recommendation. Here are several tips to get you started on creating a gorgeous rose garden!
Spring and early summer are the perfect times to plant roses. For a beginner, buying a small rose bush that has already begun growing is best. For younger rose bushes, it is much better to plant in early spring, while more developed plants can withstand later planting dates.
While there are many varieties of these flowers, Hybrid Tea is the most popular, with its flawless, notable form. Climbing roses are also an excellent choice, especially for elegant floral coverage on a trellis or pergola. Whatever rose you choose, consider the surrounding space or flowers, and ensure access to full sun and good soil. When in doubt, ask your local experts!
Though roses are quite hardy, they do require some care and attention. This is especially true due to their susceptibility to black spots and aphids. The most important thing you can do for your rose bush is to plant it in good soil with full sun and consistent watering (a couple of times a week or when the top two inches of soil is dry).
Use an organic fertilizer around the base of the bush as it grows, and keep watch for pests. If aphids start munching on the flowers, use a nitrogen-rich soil supplement or fertilizer. If your roses take a turn for the worst and develop black spots, consider using a systemic pesticide once or twice a year.
Perhaps both the most important and most intimidating part of starting a garden is pruning. Removing dead or spent blooms and stems can feel destructive to your plant's health, even though it is vital! Simply keep these two rules in mind: only cut off spent blooms in early spring or late summer and hold off any drastic pruning of branches until fall. Even then, only remove dead or diseased canes.
While we stress the value of expanding your garden knowledge, there is truly no better teacher than experience! So support your local nursery, and start your own garden today!