Traditional rose borders


Roses sit comfortably in mixed borders and can be grown on wires up walls from relatively small areas of ground. If space allows a traditional rose border is a joyful addition to a garden. 

You have to realise that it will flower for three to four weeks June into July and should flush again for a few weeks August to September, but those periods of colour are worth all the effort involved. 

Cut back hard late Spring, after flowering in July and tidied again in October you then have a few feeds to consider and ideally three or four sprays April to July. They take some effort. 

But the colours, the scents, the softness. Underplant rose borders with catmint or rosemary and with bulbs in numbers and they will be pleasing for much of the year.