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There’s a rose for every garden, so wide is the choice. It may seem strange talking about this in the middle of winter, but if you want a rose garden full of gorgeously scented blooms this summer, you’re going to have to put in the work now. And early spring is perfect for starting, so here's how to grow roses...
If you like sitting on your patio at the end of a long day (or even the beginning of one) you could consider planting some very fragrant roses. 'Fragrant Cloud', with its warm reddish-pink colour and old-fashioned-tea-rose scent, is a fantastic choice. 'Gertrude Jekyll', ever popular for its fabulous fragrance, also has beautiful clear pink spiralling buds, which flower for a long time.
Look out for 'repeat flowerers', which burst into bud more than once a year. Perfect for those who love a garden full of colour and life. Rose care might sound complicated, but with good watering, sunlight and appropriate pruning it is possible to maintain a beautiful rose garden.
If you’ve got the space, 'Kiftsgate', with its white puffs, can be found in lots of amazing National Trust properties. This rose is perfect if you have a large building you want to hide. On a more domestic scale, many shrub roses have a climbing form such as the 'Climbing Cecile Brunner'. With its pretty, pale pink flowers, smooth stems and masses of hips its a true garden charmer.
If you have a smaller garden, or just a doorstep pot, patio flowers are lovely and plentiful. Dinky little patio roses often have single flowers, with a yellow eye – looking quite unrose-like, and a little cheeky. They don’t grow very high, which makes them excellent ground cover.
The zingy bright pink 'Zephirine Drouhin' is a century-old fragrant rose with remarkably smooth stems. Very versatile, it can grow as a shrub, over an arch, or up a wall. Another thornless rose is the Banksiae 'Lutea' with its masses of primrose yellow flowers.
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