How to care for roses

Roses, the most romantic of all garden flowers, bring beauty and fragrance in summer. With care and the right selection, they will continue to bloom until the end of the growing season.

Floribunda roses

Floribunda rose

With regular deadheading, they will flower more or less continuously from June to November, but may need to be treated against mildew and black spot.


Ramblers or climbing roses

Rambling roses

Vigorous ramblers look their best when allowed to sprawl over a fence or the top of a wall. Pruning involves removing any old or unproductive wood in winter and trying in long stems that might get in the way.


Good companion plants

Delphiniums and roses
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Roses make good companion plants. From midsummer, the cool spikes of delphiniums provide a contrast of colour and shape. For spring interest, underplant rose bushes with bulbs.


'Albertine' rambler rose


The pink rambler rose ‘Albertine’ does not repeat, but has a long flowering spell. There is no need for deadheading, since while stems that have finished flowering can be removed in the autumn. For a lovely display, plant with a rose of a different colour, such as the crimson gallica, ‘Charles de Mills’.