When spring comes and ground is thawed, it is time to start planting your rose garden. Roses have been a cherished aphrodisiac since biblical times. They have been around for over 3000 years, yet they still hold a particular mystery and fascination, not to mention fact that they just look and smell good!
One of most important rules of growing roses is to plant rose bush in an area that receives around 4 to 6 hours of sunlight every day.
It is preferable not to plant too many trees or other plants around rose bush because most of these are likely to either mix with rose or stifle it's growth. If you are replacing an old rose bush, approximately 1 1/2 cubic feet of old soil should be removed, and fresh soil added to replace it. When positioning your rose in garden or landscape, consider growth habit of rose.
For example, place climbers and ramblers along fences, trellises, or next to arches or pergolas. This location offers them free range of growth, and optimal potential for showiest blooms.
Roses also look beautiful in island garden beds interplanted with perennials. Miniature roses make great edging plants in front of their taller cousins. Planted singly, shrub roses make excellent specimen plants or they can be clustered to make a flowering hedge. You can also use them to camouflage unsightly garden objects.
Dig a hole large enough for root mass and loosen bottom of hole. You should add bone meal, which is a slow acting source of phosphorus that leads to healthy root growth in rose plant.
Then plant should be placed in hole carefully and hole refilled with soil, covering roots properly. Before making final covering, water rose plant and let it absorb water. After this, water plant more and mound soil about 6 inches high. The dome will keep stems from drying out until plant is rooted. Gradually remove excess soil as leaves open.