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There is nothing more breath taking than a rose in the garden. Besides magnificent beauty, roses offer diversity in form and ranges in color. Roses vary from miniature mounds to giant climbers, spreading ground covers to a fence of blossoms with hedge roses or shrubs. What could be more beautiful than a garden of hybrid tea roses, a potted tree rose topiary on your front deck or the soft fragrance from English roses as you pass by the landscape. Like any flower, choosing the right rose for the area can make the perfect setting. The newer patented roses are so popular as they offer a longer bloom cycle, higher bloom count, increased hardiness, exceptional disease-resistance and more vigorous, well-balanced growth than the older, non-patented varieties.

Get the Best Results from Your Roses

Roses need to be planted in a sunny area with well-drained soil. Dig a hole larger than the root base and add peat moss to your soil to help keep it well –drained. Roses need to be fertilized after foliage is leafed out, after first bloom and 6 weeks before expected frost which is about mid August in our area. During the growing season, start a program using a fungicide to help protect against disease. Bayer All in One, which we carry especially for roses, does all of these things, fertilizes, prevents diseases, and protects against insects. It is easy to apply every 6 weeks by mixing with water and works well.  It is easier to prevent diseases on roses than to treat them once they have a disease. Grooming  rosebushes during the season is very important to encourage more blooms.  Deadhead the spent flower by cutting the stem just above the first set of leaves having five leaflets. Continue this up until about three to five weeks before expected frost.  Remember to always water rose bushes at the base and not overhead on the foliage. This will also help keep roses disease free. For winter protection, cover the base of the plant with soil 6 to 12 inches high and remove soil in Spring. For climbing roses, cover the base with soil, tie canes and wrap in burlap. For tree roses, dig ditch and lay rose horizontal and cover with soil. In the spring remove soil, and prune before new growth starts and cut dead looking canes, brown in color and dry on inside.

Types of Roses

  • Hybrid tea roses have an upright habit with flowers at the end of each long stem which makes them ideal as a cut flower. They are beautiful in mass plantings or as a single plant. Tea roses are still the most popular rose available.
  • Grandifloras offer some of the same characteristics as hybrid teas but with clusters of bloom on shorter stems.
  • Floribunda roses produce clusters of flowers, continuous bloom and spectacular color.
  • Shrub roses range in heights from compact to tall with different types of foliage as well as blooms. They have repeat bloom, are disease resistant and low in maintenance. They are very popular due to their easy care.
  • English roses are rich in fragrance with an old-fashion look and continuous bloom and are great for a cottage setting. Stems on English roses may be a bit floppy the first year but become much sturdier the 2nd season.
  • Hedge roses work well at bordering your property or create a back drop of exploding color. They grow about 4 feet tall in our area and are low maintenance.
  • Ground cover roses are low-growing creating a carpet of color as they spread.
  • Minature roses are ideal for growing in containers, rock gardens, and edging beds. They grow 2-3 feet tall and shapes of flowers vary.
  • Climbers work best on arbors, trellises or fences and the height may be 7’ or up to 20’ depending on the variety. Climbing roses add dramatic interest to the landscape. Canes should be trained to grow upward and horizontal on fences or trellises, displaying a wall of color. A climbing rose should never be pruned in the fall.

New Roses

You will love Weeks new rose for 2011, Dick Clark, an AARS winner with cream and cherry blushed burgundy. No two flowers are ever exactly alike on this grandiflora rose as the colors swirl together and a cinnamon spice aroma fills the air. Walking on Sunshine, another AARS winner from Weeks roses blooms in tones of yellow. This plant provides fantastic bloom production with disease resistant foliage and fragrance of anise. Grande Dame™, a new hybrid tea, brings back memories of old time roses. Lots of beautiful rose pink blooms with an intense old rose fragrance perfect for a bouquet or landscape! Colorific™ is indeed a showstopper! This floribunda shows off warm shades of peach, coral and salmon with a mild fruity fragrance. We are happy to grow and present these new Weeks Roses to you this spring. You will find a nice selection of Weeks Roses here at the Gurnee Garden Center. Some roses are outstanding for their fragrance, some for their unique colors, some for fun and easy maintenance and of course, all for beauty.