The Romance of the Rose Garden
“O! how much more doth beauty beauteous seem
By that sweet ornament which truth doth give.
The rose looks fair, but fairer we it deem
For that sweet odour, which doth in it live.”
Shakespeare, Sonnet 54
There is nothing quite like a rose garden. Roses are truly a remarkable spectacle when in full bloom. Roses emit a delightful fragrance that perfumes the air. At its peak, a rose garden is a “piece of heaven on earth.”
Today’s gardeners may overlook roses when planning their garden, often because they consider them to be hard work and high-maintenance. Nothing could be further from the truth. Roses are reliable, easy to care for and today’s varieties are quite hardy. Whether you are a first-time grower or a seasoned gardener roses are a beautiful, fragrant and sustainable garden addition.
Roses are very romantic because they are associated with love. Choosing which varieties to add to your garden can be tricky because there are so many varieties to choose from.
The Color Connection
Roses come in many colors there are so many colors and varieties it can be overwhelming to decide what is best for your garden. Imagine that you are creating an outdoor extension of your living area, one that will provide you with years of enjoyment. Approach your decision of bloom color as if you were decorating the interior of your home’s spaces. Choose colors that you enjoy, that are soothing or vibrant, and that compliment one another. Consider the colors of other plants and flowers that are near the area in which your roses will be planted.
Try looking through gardening magazines and catalogs to get an initial idea of what you like. Visit local garden centers and botanical gardens to get a feel for what appeals to you.
Your digital or smartphone camera can be a useful tool when determining the best variety of rose to plant in your garden. Without analyzing why you are drawn to certain sections, take pictures of rose gardens that appeal to you. You will notice a pattern that reveals what colors and rose types you naturally prefer. Include pictures of what you like in terms of the surrounding plants and settings.
In addition, there are symbolic meanings to different rose colors.
• Red means romantic love
• Purple signifies that the giver has fallen in love with the recipient at first sight
• Coral signals desire
• Orange, along with apricot, connotes enthusiasm
• Yellow symbolizes joy and friendship
• Pink expresses gratitude and appreciation
• Light pink communicates feelings of admiration and sympathy
• Peach can signify either sympathy or gratitude
• The purity of white conveys reverence and humility.
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Size at Maturity
The mature size of your rose is extremely important. Consider both the height and width of how your roses will look at maturity, not how they look in a pot or as a bare plant.
To prevent disappointment measure the area of your garden prior to choosing the roses you want to plant. Compare the width and height measurements with the rose you’re planning to purchase. Leave adequate space for the rose to grow – roses need good air flow to help prevent disease. Leave at least 30 inches between plantings for adequate circulation.
If you don’t have a large space, consider one of the many varieties of miniature roses. Miniature roses don’t take up a lot of space and are easy plant and maintain.
Believe it or not, you can choose roses that are easy to maintain and require very little time commitment or, if you prefer to spend hours in the garden, you may want to consider a high-maintenance type of rose.
Be honest with yourself before you choose your rose. The time and effort you are willing to dedicate to your roses makes a difference.
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It’s best to choose roses that can adjust to your climate. If you live in an area where it snows, you’ll want to make sure you purchase roses that can withstand cold temperatures. There are certain rose strains, such as David Austin Roses, that are grown in Arizona where the temperature reaches 90 degrees on a regular basis. These very fragrant roses are ideal for hot weather gardens.
Roses prefer mulch that has aged with manure and other organic components as fertilizer. Roses need plenty of water watering them in the morning helps prevent them from black spot. They prefer it if you water them at their roots. Pruning need not be complicated or difficult once you learn the basic technique it is not hard to maintain your roses.
Delight in a Romantic Rose Garden
Rose gardens are extremely beautiful roses have always been a captivating symbol of the ultimately desirable. The poetry of mortal love has often been drawn upon it. The fleeting beauty and thorns of the rose connotes the ache of love and longing. Even when it symbolizes the heavenly it reminds us of our distance from paradise at the same time it gives us a glimpse of what that heavenly garden might contain.
A fragrant rose garden invites you to linger, to pause and let the spectacle unfold and its fragrance transport your spirit. Establish your very own romantic rose garden and claim a piece of heaven on earth.