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Roses for Small Gardens
Is there anything more extravagant than a big, lush rose garden? If only we all had the room to plant one! But fear not, rose lovers – you can still have roses in a small garden (or even in NO garden …but more on that later.)
For starters, be realistic about the size and quality of your space. Roses need at least 6 to 8 hours of sun each day to thrive. For planting, you should be able to dig a hole about twice as wide and deep as the rose’s container, or on 3 feet centers if you are working with bare root roses.
Now the fun part! Once you have determined how many roses your space can accommodate, it’s time to go shopping. Roses come in so many types and colors, so it may be hard for you to choose.
Knock Out® Roses are ideal for novice rose gardeners because they are easy to grow and don’t require special care. A particularly good choice is the Sunny Knock Out® Rose, which is slightly more compact than the others in the series. Its bright yellow flowers fade to cream, and it is also the only fragrant Knock Out® Rose, featuring a citrus scent.
Another good choice for smaller rose gardens are Drift® Roses. Available in eight colors, these are a cross between full-size groundcover roses and miniatures. Like Knock Out® Roses, they are easy to grow and very disease resistant. They are also well suited for use on slopes and other awkward landscape areas.
No room for even the smallest flower bed? You can still enjoy a container rose garden. Knock Out® Roses and Drift® Roses can be planted in large containers – at least twice as large as the pot the plant is in at time of purchase. Keep it in a sunny location, and make sure to water well, as containers dry out faster than plant in-ground. Depending on where you live, you may need to bring your container roses inside during the winter.