Roses are a gardeners favourite, there’s no denying it. I fell in love with them when I first went to RHS Rosemore and saw their wonderful collection and after years of travelling around several more gardens with delightful displays, I’ve compiled a list of what I think are some of the best varieties for type, colour and overall beauty.
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Pink Roses symbolise happiness, elegance, romance, admiration, sweetness and are the perfect Rose to say thank you. They range from subtle hints to deep, bright and vibrant shades and each has its own place in a garden. The more subtle shades should be used in calming colour planting schemes where they bring a tranquil relaxation whereas the vibrant candy pink shades add a sense of fun and liven up any area of the garden.
My Top Five Pink Roses
This repeat-flowering pink Rose, ‘Equity’, produces clusters of sumptuous, soft pink blooms throughout the season, to a backdrop of medium green glossy foliage. It has a fairly strong, sweet scent and the compact, bushy growth make it an ideal choice for borders, hedging and mixed planting. This Floribunda Rose will grow to a height of about 100cm, with a spread of 80cm. Continue reading
White Roses symbolise purity, innocence and secrecy and are associated with honour and reverence making them perfect for planting in memory of a loved one. White Roses in a garden add a serene feel yet can be as impactful as fiery and vibrant reds, yellows and oranges.
My Top 5 White Roses
Yellow Roses add a sophistication and elegance to any garden but most of all they add vibrancy. By planting a yellow Rose in your bed or border you can create anything from a cottage garden to a contemporary feel.
My Top 5 Yellow Roses
‘Patricia Kent’ is a beautiful yellow rose that was introduced at the Chelsea flower show in 2004. It looks great when used as a shrub rose or as a shrub. The flowers are a light yellow and its long stems make ‘Patricia Kent’ a great cut flower. It has a broad and bushy growth habit making it a great plant for borders, hedging and garden designs. Once in bloom it produces a sweet fragrance. Continue reading
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Of all the colours, red is probably the most popular for a Rose. Red Roses symbolise love and romance and are the classic gift for your loved one on Valentine’s Day, yet they still make a lovely addition to any garden. Whether deep, vibrant or subtle, red Roses are bound to give maximum impact to any garden.
My Top 5 Red Roses
About Patio Roses
Patio roses are smaller roses that are used for containers and pots. These roses are all scented and come in a wide range of colours. They are perfect for adding some colour to your garden and patio. Patio roses can be easier to look after than other rose types as they are smaller and more compact. Despite being smaller in size patio roses are as hardy as other rose types. They will also flower all throughout the summer.
My Top 5 Patio Roses
About Floribunda Roses
Floribunda Roses are modern roses that were developed by breeding Hybrid Teas and Polyantha to create Roses that bloom with abundance, beauty and colour range combined. They have been popular since their creation in 1907 thanks to their ridged shrub form, which tends to be more compact and bushier than Hybrid Teas yet more open than Polyantha roses, and their blooms which are held in large groups for maximum floral impact.
My Top 5 Floribunda Roses
Roses are a gardeners favourite, there’s no denying it. I fell in love with them when I first went to RHS Rosemore and saw their wonderful collection and after years of travelling around several more gardens with delightful displays, I’ve compiled a list of what I think are some of the best. Over the next 8 blog posts I’ll be guiding you through my favourite roses from their specific categories; looking at Hybrid Tea, Floribunda and Patio style roses, as well as colours and my overall favourites.
About Hybrid Tea Roses
This entry focuses on Hybrid Tea Roses. Hybrid Tea Roses are the oldest modern group of roses. They were first introduced back in 1867 and since then they have become the most popular group of roses in the world. A French Nurseryman, named Jean-Baptiste Guillot, cross bred the popular roses of the time, Hybrid Perpetuals and Tea Roses. The result was ‘La France’; a hardier rose than the often tender Tea Roses and a better repeat-flowerer than the Hybrid Perpetuals, traits which all Hybrid Teas share. They also exhibit shapely, large, high-centred blooms on lengthy, straight and erect stems. Their popularity comes from colour choice, flower form and use within the floristry industry.
My Top 5 Hybrid Teas Roses
‘Blue Moon’ Hybrid Tea Rose
Apples have been a favourite fruit throughout the UK for centuries and as a nation we have had a big part to play in the history of this fruit, in terms of breeding, marketing and amateur growing. With famous varieties such as Bramley’s Seedlings and Cox’s Orange Pippin under our belt we have definitely made our mark. Other countries have had an impact as well, such as New Zealand’s Braeburn or Jonagold from the USA. All of these varieties and more have made the apple a global fruiting success story.
Many apples are suitable for growing here in the UK but choosing from the thousands of varieties can be tricky. Here are my top 12 varieties, chosen for their taste and ease of growing. To help you decide which apple tree is best for you, I’ve included important information about pollination groups, harvesting times etc.