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Tags archives: roses

Muck & Magic

I have a confession to make. As a ‘professional gardener’ I haven’t used good old-fashioned farmyard manure in years. No trailers of stinky muck have been deposited on the dr[...]

Spring Cleaning Your Garden

After a week’s holiday I strutted around the garden on Sunday like a horticultural Victor Meldrew. Having said that, the cries of “I don’t BELIEEEEVE IT!” were generally ones[...]

Roses - Pests and diseases

Fortunately, if the roses have been planted correctly in good soil in the right position, root troubles are mercifully few. Pests. Holes in the leaves, are also produced by cock[...]

Planting new roses continued

Standard hybrid teas, patios and floribundas are treated in the same way as their bush counterparts, the ‘base’ being the point at which the branches come out of the stem at the to[...]

Planting new roses

Choosing the site. The reputation that roses have for liking clay soils is no excuse for bad preparation and planting. Roses like good conditions — plenty of water, regular feeding[...]

Types of roses

Bush roses. These are roses of a bushy habit as opposed to ones which grow on a single stem. The term ‘bush’ usually applies to the bush form of miniature, hybrid tea and floribund[...]

Uses for Roses

For formal bedding schemes. The beds are usually of simple geometric design — circles, squares etc., each bed containing just one variety, unless the bed is very large, when the ro[...]


Roses are still probably some of our most popular garden plants, although the attitude towards them has changed somewhat in the last decade. Hybrid tea and floribunda types have de[...]