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ROSE GARDENING

Gardening tips: The Helpful Gardener brings the pleasure of gardening to your home. You will find our rose gardening articles collected in one spot. Check back often because we are constantly adding new tips, profiles, and spotlights on roses.

GIVE YOUR ROSES A HEAD START!
Planting Requirements for a New Rose

A new rose bush can provide decades of beauty and enjoyment if properly planted and tended. The planting requirements for a new rose are both simple and important. The first months in a new home are crucial for the plant’s survival. While it’s true that roses will grow and thrive without the benefit of your expertise, a little knowledge can go a long way. read more

THE ROSE: FROM ANCIENT CHINA TO YOUR BACKYARD
The ubiquity of roses through time

The rose has captured humankind's imagination for thousands of years, and has taken a place of honor in gardens around the world. Roses were first cultivated in the garden in China, but their use was soon worldwide. read more

ROSE GARDENS
Tips on selecting the corrrect rose for your garden

So you’re shopping for roses? Maybe this is the first rose to be added to the garden or maybe you’re an old veteran looking to try a new type of rose. Either way the questions you need to ask yourself remain the same; let’s review some of the basics… read more

CHOOSING YOUR ROSE
Let's go shopping!

So we've come up with our list and we're ready to go shopping. What roses are going to give us the characteristics we're looking for? There are three basic groups for us to look at and a plethora of different types within those three. read more

HOW TO PLANT ROSES
The scoop on planting roses

Where to plant your rose?
First let's look at that sunny (more than 4 hours direct sun; no skimping) spot in the yard. How's the water situation? Roses like plenty of moisture, but hate boggy situations and will express their distaste by simply dying! If the area is really wet I'd recommend that you plant roses in a raised bed, building a containment of rock, block or railroad ties that give another two feet or so of planting depth above the existing soil profile. read more

HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR ROSE
From feeding to pruning

David Squire writes in his fine book Pruning, “Regrettably, there has developed a mystique about pruning roses that has deterred many gardeners from growing them, and yet these floriferous shrubs are some of the most tolerant of all garden shrubs to bad pruning.” read more

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