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Bulletproof Roses

by CountryLife Gardening | Jul 15, 2015

Many types of roses have now become bulletproof...
When you think of summer in the garden many people will immediately start thinking about roses and their wonderful aroma that will linger in the air on a warm summer evening. Many people are afraid to grow roses themselves however. People are worried about the perceived amount of work and care that roses need and think they will not be able to successfully grow them in their garden.  

And while, yes they do require some work and care, it is not as much as people would expect. Originally roses did require a lot of TLC to ensure the flowered but thanks to new plant breeding methods, a lot of problems gardeners would have had to deal with are no longer a problem. Many types of roses have now become bulletproof for better use of the word.

At the moment in Countrylife we have a great selection of roses which would be brilliant buys for gardeners who are looking to start growing roses themselves. In my eyes there is one rose at the moment which is head and shoulders above the rest and that is a rose called Nostalgia. This hybrid tea rose has a heavenly scent and almost a raspberry ripple effect to the flowers.

I have had this rose in my own garden for around two years now and blackspot has never been a problem with it. On occasions it did catch a bit of mildew but it was very mild and easily treated. In my eyes it is a great rose to have in a garden. It has extra strong stems which will make it great for cut flowers.

At the moment we have both a bush and a standard variety of Nostalgia in stock. For gardeners looking to start their own rose bed often picking a single variety of rose will have a greater impact visually. If you place one standard rose (or two depending on the size of the bed) in the middle it gives the bed more structure and impact. Standard roses can reach up to 5ft and so can add much needed height to a bed.

Rhapsody in Blue is another great rose to consider
Rhapsody in Blue is another great rose to consider. Contrary to its name it is actually a fantastic shade of dusty purple. This rose again has a great scent and the rather unusual shade of its flowers makes for an all-round interesting rose. It is too is resistant to blackspot. Once established and a number of flowers appear on the plant it tends to flop or become more of a mound shape. This is not an issue as long as you are expecting it and is a nice characteristic of the rose in my eyes.

Arthur Bell is a great rose which has been around for some time now. It is a very resilient rose and one which can handle anything that is chucked at it. I moved in to my house around three years ago and inherited some of these from the previous occupant. At the time they were overgrown and nearly seven foot tall.

I cut them right back and now they are around five foot tall and have a great display of roses. The flowers on these are simply unbeatable. They are a proper rose which start off almost orange in colour and as the flower opens transitions in to a lovely shade of yellow. I have never had a problem with blackspot on mine which another tick in its favour. 

Written by Malachy

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Malachy's Bio 

I have been gardening since I was 5 years old when my mother gave me a part of our garden as my own. I have studied horticulture in the National Botanical Gardens in Glasnevin and was a winner in the young horticulturist of the year competition. I have worked in Several plant nurseries and garden centers such as Mount Congreve in Co. Waterford. My special interests are plant propagation and Cacti!