Planting Your Own Rose Garden

Planting Your Own Rose Garden

Plan, plant and watch your rose garden bloom this year with our helpful tips.

By: Amanda Formaro

It's a common misconception that roses are temperamental and difficult to care for, but nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, caring for roses is actually quite easy provided you select the proper variety for your region and plant them correctly. Follow our simple instructions for planning and planting your own rose garden.

1. Decide Where You Want to Plant
Finding the perfect location for your roses can be tricky, so it’s important to know what areas they thrive in. Be sure to follow these rules:

  • Select an area that receives morning sun (your roses will need 5 to 6 hours of sun) — it will dry any dew on the foliage and help prevent fungal diseases. Keep roses away from trees and shrubs that will compete for this light and other nutrients.
  • Select an area with good air movement in order to dry rain quickly; however, areas that are windy are not recommended. If your area is too open, consider finding a spot near your house or other structure that can help block the wind.
  • Keep roses away from gutters and eves, which can drop excess water. Consider creating a raised bed if your soil doesn't drain well. It should be approximately 18 to 24 inches high.

2. Select your Roses
There are two types of rose plants you can buy: bare root and container roses. Either will flower into beautiful roses if planted properly. Here’s what to expect:


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  • Bare-root roses: These plants consist of a trunk and roots without leaves or buds — which makes them appear dead. Don’t fear, though — they are very much alive, just dormant. These roses should ideally be planted in late winter.
  • Container roses: These come in a disposable pot and already have leaves, and sometimes buds or even open flowers. These should be planted in early spring. Water your container roses thoroughly the day before planting.

3. Plant Your Roses
Follow these instructions for planting your rose garden for the season:

  1. Work your soil about 1 foot deep by loosening it up with a gardening fork.
  2. Be sure to add plenty of compost manure or other organic matter. Add wood chips to aid in drainage
  3. Roses should be planted 2 to 3 feet apart. Dig the hole 2 feet deep and 2 feet wide
  4. Check the roots of your rose plant. If they form a solid, circling mass, gently loosen or cut them
  5. Place your new rose in the hole, making sure the bud union is at or slightly above the soil surface in mild-winter areas, or up to several inches below the soil in cold-winter areas
  6. Gingerly add soil back to the hole, gently patting down the soil around the top of the plant
  7. Add a good quality plant food, cover with mulch then water generously
  8. Water your newly planted roses every few days, more often if the weather is very hot

Roses will provide you with blooms all summer long, and come in a large variety of colors and species. Check with your local garden center for the proper varieties to grow in your planting zone.

What roses have you planted? Do you have any helpful tips of your own? Share them with us in the comments below.

Amanda is a mother of four, craft designer and recipe developer who also runs several sites, including Crafts by Amanda, Cooking with Amanda and the Secret Recipe Club. Her work has appeared on and as well as in Parents, Redbook and Mixing Bowl magazines among others.

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I just planted some roses this weekend and followed the helpful info. Roses are one of my favorites. Thanks for the tips. #PGEChallenge

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Very nice tips, these would prove to be helpful to many of us who love gardening and spend a major share of our leisure time in the outdoors. I have planted plenty of flowering plants along with roses of all colors in my garden and absolutely love it. And then some other plants as well to build outdoor privacy to get some quite moments with my loved ones.

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