Where to Plant Roses - Make a Picture of Your Lawn

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Part Two of Where to Plant Roses

"Make a picture of your lawn." This is the first principle of landscape-gardening. Leave open the centre spaces and plant about and along the edges. Allow this rule to guide you, and then select places for your roses where they will do best and give you the most pleasure.

Some varieties, as for example the Rugosas and the "rose species," serve a very useful purpose when planted among the shrubbery.  The bush roses, however, including the Teas, Hybrid Teas, and Hybrid Perpetuals, will prove most satisfying if segregated and not mixed too much with other plants.

The location will help to decide the shape of your bed, and it is mainly a matter of taste as to whether it shall be straight, curved, oblong, round, or square. The essential point to remember is this: You will want to get within arm's reach of every rose in your bed, many times in a year, without stepping on the bed. Not over 5 feet in width and preferably 4½ feet, therefore, is a good rule to follow.

Arrange the roses 18 inches apart each way, unless they are very vigorous growers, in which case allow 2 feet for spread.

This excerpt is taken from "How to Grow Roses" ,  which is a detailed rose planting guide on preparing, growing and cultivating roses. Please visit our shop at AET Publishing to view our selection of books.

Where to Plant Roses Part Three  - Size and Shape of the Beds

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