Crowd your Roses for a Jumble of Color: Beautiful Florabundaville!

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Crowd your Roses for a Jumble of Color

By Newyorkrita
February 3, 2014

Conventional wisdom advises plenty of space between rose bushes for best results. Instead I break the rules, plant very closely together, and benefit from a riot of color.

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Name: Arlene
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abhege
Feb 2, 2014 6:15 PM CST
Wow, that really is a site to see. That's enough to almost get me to plant roses. The only reason I won't is because you have to spray and I am really trying to get away from that. I don't know any organic regimens for roses.
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Newyorkrita
Feb 2, 2014 6:25 PM CST
I do spray and fuss over my roses. But they are worth it as they are so pretty.
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Paul2032
Feb 2, 2014 6:37 PM CST
My roses are crowded as are my iris, hosta, etc. Low summer rainfall and low humidity make for little disease problems here. I do not spray Thumbs up
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Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Feb 2, 2014 6:39 PM CST
We have a lot of humidity here. I have to spray or I would have leafless sticks.
Name: Joanne
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Joannabanana
Feb 2, 2014 6:46 PM CST
Lovey dubby Lovey dubby Floribundaville Lovey dubby Lovey dubby
Beautiful pictures!
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Newyorkrita
Feb 2, 2014 6:57 PM CST
Thanks Arlene and Joanne. And thanks for the acorns.
Name: Arlene
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abhege
Feb 2, 2014 7:28 PM CST
Yeah, Paul, we have a lot of humidity down here too so that wouldn't work! But if anyone has any ideas how I could make it work, I'm all ears! I'm all ears!
Name: Cindi
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CindiKS
Feb 2, 2014 8:23 PM CST
Arlene,
Roses can indeed be grown organically. Google "Earth Kind" roses and you'll find loads of information.
Our rose forum here has discussions on no-spray gardens, too.
The secret is selecting roses that are proven to be more disease resistant. More and more growers are working toward this.
NYRita--what a stunning florabundaville! Your colors are scrumptious!
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Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Feb 2, 2014 8:40 PM CST
Many roses are indeed much more disease resistant. For instance, I do love Clements roses. They are very disease resistant. If I had an entire garden of only Clements intros then I would only have to spay once a month or so.

Now there are roses that are disease magnets that I had to get rid of even with my spraying.
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Cem9165
Feb 2, 2014 8:56 PM CST
Rita,

I agree with Cindi, your Floribundaville is stunning. It's so lush and colorful! I've taken notes on your spraying regimen, and I'm going to try it this year. Thanks for sharing your beautiful blooms.

Annette
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Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Feb 2, 2014 9:10 PM CST
Thank you Cindi and Annette.
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abhege
Feb 2, 2014 9:47 PM CST
@CindiKS I will check it out! I have a few roses here but they have been neglected. I just got a Westerland so maybe I shouldn't even bother planting it. I also have Zephirine Drouhin. I had that one in MD too and I love it. I got rid of most of my others. I also had Don Juan on trellis' by my front porch.
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Newyorkrita
Feb 2, 2014 9:55 PM CST
Oh, definitely plant the Westerland. That one is extremely disease resistant. It never needs spraying and it puts out the most beautiful flowers.
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Feb 3, 2014 9:59 AM CST
I love your Floribundaville! What an amazing display!
Porkpal
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CindiKS
Feb 3, 2014 10:03 AM CST
Arlene,
I grow both Westerland and Zephirine, and neither gets any spray or fertilizer! They are fabulous roses, but be warned, they get huge. I get scattered rebloom on Zephirine, but Westerland blooms constantly from spring till fall. Zephirine is usually known as a once-bloomer, and mine is on the east side of the house, so I don't know why it does so well for me. I planted it right by the front door because it is thornless and the scent is incredible. After the blooms finish the main flush, a clematis growing through it continues the show.
My Westerland faces south and is in front of a covered porch on our barn along with Jacob's Robe and Autumn Sunset, which is a sport of Westerland. All of them get huge, even though I never feed them. I think it is because they are near the well spigot, right under the porch dripline, and there is no root competition since they are planted in a gravel parking area. I will look for a photo. Westerland and Autumn Sunset grow to the roofline every summer. All 3 are pretty thorny.
Remember that children, marriages, and flower gardens reflect the kind of care they get.
H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Feb 3, 2014 11:15 AM CST
Thanks to everyone for the thumbs up and acorns!
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abhege
Feb 3, 2014 11:18 AM CST
That is great news! Yay! I have my Zephirine by my front door and last year I planted morning glories for after the roses were finished but I don't really like them. I think the clematis is a better idea. Mine is up against the garage on the west side of the house. I think I'll plant the Westerland at the back of the house, up against the foundation then. That is the south side of the house. Now I'm very excited! I can have roses again!!!

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