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Rose Garden Design Joys for the Heart
Rose garden design can be as much fun as or even more fun than enjoying a finished landscaped rose garden. Ponder over all your beautiful rose pictures and select those just must have plants. Review all our rose planting ideas and just imagine them bringing the best out of your favorite rose.

Different types of roses will provide a host of new possibilities to design gardens. The various rose types make it possible for you to introduce roses into almost any garden design. They also so versatile that you can design a magnificent garden solely using roses.

There are seven types of roses for you to choose from for your rose garden design:
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  • Species roses
  • Miniature roses
  • Floribunda roses
  • Old roses
  • Hybrid teas
  • Climbing and rambling roses
  • Modern shrub roses

Rose Garden Design Aspects

Ideas on rose garden design

Serious or dedicated rose lovers, who collect the different species, usually have their roses in a separate part of their garden. They specifically design their rose gardens, for example, they will group colours together.

The rose garden design should have taller varieties at the back. The medium varieties are placed in the middle of the garden and are not hidden by larger roses. The dwarf and smaller varieties will naturally be placed at the front.

By planning your rose garden well, the long awaited magnificence of the spectacular blooms will be enjoyed to the utmost.

Here are wonderful ideas for a rose garden. Enter your garden through an arch, covered by a creeping rose. Build a rose hedge surrounding the rose garden. This will link your whole design all together. Place your favourite bush roses in a bed. Include a little paved area with a relaxation bench, for human comfort.

You could consider adding a few standard roses around the paved area, or next to the pathway leading from the arch to the bench.  Stop, look, and smell your roses. Their delicate fragrances and visual appeal may just be what you need to get you going writing beautiful poems, stories and songs.

Rose hedges

If you decide on planting a rose hedge, prune your roses lightly. In order to form  a hedge to be formed the roses must planted closer than usual. Choose your colors wisely. Depending on the final design, the hedge could be the same colour.

The Rugosa roses (Rosa rugosa) make for great hedges because they have a lot of foliage on them. You also get tall growing rose varieties, which will make a rather tall hedge. Go to your local Nursery and see all their rose varieties. There are literally hundreds of species of roses to choose from.

If you plan to make a small, rather low hedge, try using a smaller variety. Rosa spinosissima altaica has creamy white flowers and will grow to +- 1m. You could also get miniature rose species, which will grow to form a small, compact hedge.

Small medium and large rose shrubs look amazing in a maze. Choose a hedge that will complement your overall rose garden design.

Rose ground covers A rose ground cover will look lovely covering the bare ground in your rose garden. Ground covers will keep your soil moist and suppress any weed growth. There are many varieties to choose from, i.e. Rugosa Regelina, and Bracteata McCartney. Albertine an evergreen rambler will make your rose garden design look even less bare.

  A Formal rose garden design

Roses are particularly suitable when planning on a formal design. A wide range of standard roses are used in these gardens. They are tall and elegant and will create a statement. They are as soldiers standing tall upright and at attention, guarding the beautiful garden.

The roses which are normally selected to be standards are from the Floribunda group (hybrid tea group). They normally grow to about 80 cm tall. Then they will still have a big rounded head (a lollypop). You may also get standards in the weeping form.

Review all the requirements of a formal garden design to assist you in applying the correct gardening principles.

Varieties of Roses for your Rose Garden Design

Species roses

These roses all have a species flower with 5 petals. You may also get double flowers on the stems. The species roses all have lovely ferny foliage which will add to the rose’s beauty.

Miniature roses

Miniature roses have flowers that range from 2 to 4 cm across. They will flower throughout the rose season. They grow to a height of 25 to 45 cm and have few thorns on them. Popular varieties will include Colibri which has apricot to copper orange blooms, and the Scarlet gem which has double scarlet flowers.

Floribunda roses

Very few floribundas are fragrant. Floribundas are basically a cross between your dwarf polyanthas and hybrid teas. The modern floribunda roses will have large clusters of roses.

Old roses

The “old roses” which normally flower in late spring and early summer, have a beautiful fragrance. They include species like the Portland, Provence, dwarf Polyanthas and Bourbons.

Some specialist nurseries will still stock these “old roses”. There so much historic interest attached to them. They have more petals than the regular species roses. They were very popular roses until the hybrid tea roses came about.

Hybrid tea roses

These have become the successors to the hybrid perpetuals of the old rose. There flowers are produced freely, and they have a rich scent. The flowers can measure from between 10 to 15 cm across and they have high pointed centres. Hybrid teas are wonderful for cutting. Popular varieties include the following: Papa Meiland, Peace and Peter Frankenfeld.

Your Climbing and Rambling Roses

There are many different species of these roses. They have single flowers that will bloom in the spring. Some of these species are vigorous climbers and will climb up everything in their path. The less vigorous climbers are great to plant over your arches. There they should be lightly pruned and trained. Some species will include Cocktail, Blossomtime and Looping.

Rambles which have supple stems shall creep up pergolas. They are occasionally prone to mildew. They tend to flower in late spring. Some varieties are the Albertine, Excelsa and Dorothy Perkins.

Modern shrub roses

These are very bushy roses which grow up to 2 m in height and spread. They are all hybrids between your old and modern roses. The most popular species do include Nevada, Autumn Delight and Buffy Beauty.

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