A beautiful bed of roses can be a gardener’s pride and joy.
Roses are generally reasonably healthy plants, and they live a long time if their health is maintained.
Roses are grown in both Singapore and the cold north of Canada and Europe; but the techniques used are different from one climate to another.
The selection of disease resistant species and good cultural practices are essential to grow roses in extremes of humidity and cold.
I pruned my first rose during the winter of 1969, while in first year of my horticulture diploma at Burnley Horticultural College in Melbourne, Australia. In 1985 I visited Singapore Botanic Gardens and was surprised to see roses flowering well at sea level close to the equator.
While working as a Parks Director in 1975, I discussed roses with a Polish engineer at the council, who described how the roses he grew in Poland could be covered with a metre of snow in winter; but still emerged in the spring, provided he treated them right.
When I moved to Queensland in sub-tropical Queensland in 1992 I began growing roses in a hotter, humid climate; and was amazed (after some hints from my friend Colin Campbell), to discover you can get rose flowers 12 months of the year on the Gold Coast. - John Mason Author.
About the author
Growing and using roses
CHAPTER 1 HOW TO GROW ROSES
To improve blooms and shape - prune!
Avoid annoying nasties
Improving growing conditions and management practices
Selecting the right rose
Buy roses anytime !
Roses in winter
What to look for in bare rooted plants
Roses by colour
CHAPTER 2 TYPES OF ROSES
Modern garden roses
Old world/species roses
Rose shapes and forms
Ground cover roses
Heritage or old world cultivars
The english roses
Rose naming confusion
CHAPTER 3. HOW TO USE ROSES
Roses as a garden plant
How to use roses in the landscape
Old roses are valuable for today’s landscapes
Restoring old roses
Cut flower roses
Roses for a special occasion
Edible and medicinal roses
How rose hips are used
Rose petal jam
Rose petal honey
Rose tea tonic
Rose hip syrup
Rose pot pourri
CHAPTER 4 AN A-Z OF SELECTED ROSES