Thanks to their rich colour palette, roses add so much colour. The stunning flowers give us that summer feeling, and many of them also exude a wonderful scent. They are a must-have for your garden, (roof) terrace and balcony.
Broad colour palette
The flower colours of garden roses range from virgin white to bright red. Some rose blooms are even multi-coloured or striped. The only colour that is missing from the broad colour palette is blue. Some purple varieties do come close to blue, though. Rose shapes also vary: from low ground covers to tall climbers, with modest flowers as small as marbles to fist-sized blooms.
Most roses like a spot that gets at least 4 hours of sun. The more sun, the more abundant the flowering. The advantage of garden roses is that, once they are established, they will continue to bloom during hot and dry periods. They are able to do this because they are deeply rooted. With the abundance of colour and scent, the summer vibes come naturally.
Summer pruning for more flowering
The main pruning of roses happens in spring. But there is also such a thing as ‘summer pruning’. Trim wilted flowers just above the first large healthy leaf. It usually has five (partial) leaves, sometimes seven or more. Your rose will then put all its energy into creating new flower buds. If your rose is getting too big, prune long branches back to no more than halfway up the branch. Roses often continue to bloom until the first frost. Not as abundantly as in summer, but because few other plants are flowering then, they will stand out even more!
- Brighten up a corner or dress up your outdoor seating area for summer with a garden rose in a pot. Make sure that the pot is at least 40 centimetres deep.
- Don’t forget to fertilise your roses. It’s better not to fertilise after August, to make sure your rose is well hardened for winter.