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Roses are longtime landscape favorites because of their rich fragrance and beautiful color. They come in many different flower colors, forms, and scents. There are miniature roses for small spaces, climbing roses for trellises, shrub types, and cutting varieties.

Plant roses in soil that is well-drained and amended with compost or peat moss. Roses need at least six hours of sunlight and frequent water and fertilizer to bloom their best. However, many antique or old garden roses perform well with minimal care. Any grafted roses should be on Fortuniana rootstock.

Remove flowers as they fade and cut your plants back in late winter. Keep an eye on your roses for common diseases like powdery mildew and leaf spots.

Certain varieties like hybrid tea roses may require some pampering, while other varieties like Rosa rugosa will thrive in difficult conditions. With counless varieties available, you're sure to find one that will work for you.


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