Plants - Roses

Versatile shrub roses

By
Anne Marie Van Nest

Hardy, tough, disease-resistant yet easy to grow, these great plants deserve another look

Care checklist
   
• Plant bare-root shrubs in early spring while they're dormant; plant container-grown specimens any time from spring to early fall.
• Grow in well-drained, slightly acidic, humusy soil.
• Site in full sun (for more blooms) to part shade.
• Provide good air circulation by spacing plants 1.5 to 2 metres apart, and away from walls.
• Irrigate deeply and regularly and avoid overhead watering to keep foliage dry.
• Where foliar diseases such as powdery mildew, blackspot or rust are present, rake up and dispose of fallen leaves.
• At the first sign of infestations of Japanese beetles, aphids, thrips, midges, spider mites or caterpillars, spray with insecticidal soap.
• Prune any dead wood in spring, just above an outward-facing bud.
• Mulch in spring to conserve moisture and discourage weeds.
• Mound crown with soil or compost for extra winter protection in colder locations.

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