Roses top of the list for autumn

Roses top of the list for autumn

ROSES are at their best in autumn, which is also a good time to get planting.

Freshly planted roses need to be hand watered every day during their first autumn in the garden, Charlie from Dawson’s Garden World said.

Established roses need a good deep soak twice a week.

“If you have established roses, mid-March to early April is the perfect time to give then an autumn trim,” Charlie added.

“Give roses a light prune and cut stems back about six to eight inches to encourage the autumn burst and continue feeding them with a good all purpose fertilizer every four to five weeks until late May.”

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Only buy those grown on Fortuniana rootstock: most suitable for WA conditions and proven to out perform all others.

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Charlie’s top 5 roses for autumn

Shady Lady.

Top pick: Shady Lady has medium-sized decorative blooms in varying sized clusters.

The colour is rose pink, shading ivory to the centre and blooms are sharply fragrant, while foliage is glossy light green.

Golden Celebration.

Golden Celebration: David Austin roses provide old world charm for the modern rose garden.

With large, fragrant and deeply golden/yellow blooms, it is a welcome addition to any garden and one of our team’s favourites.

Iceberg.

Iceberg: one of the best Floribundas and is possibly the world’s most favourite rose.

They have large clusters of medium-sized, lightly double, pure white flowers and flower continuously with a light, sweet fragrance.

Candlelight.

Candlelight: A firm favourite with customers, it is much admired for its large, petal filled, fully-double golden yellow blooms.

It has a lovely classic feel and some would call it a modern nostalgia rose.

Pope John Paul II.

Pope John Paul II: This white hybrid tea is surely one of the most fragrant roses on release in recent times.

It has received top ratings for its vigorous growth habit, disease resistance and form.

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