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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: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
Feb 3, 2014 7:21 AM CST
I've found that many modern Roses will never reach full size here in hot, humid Kentucky, and have employed this method with good results. Treating 3-5 plants as one, planting them closely as the article suggests, gives the look of one really nice specimen. Not that I altogether dismiss the importance of air circulation, but it seems if a variety is prone to disease, no amount of space and air circulation will prevent the issues.
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
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indygardengal
Feb 3, 2014 9:28 AM CST
I agree with Neal.. Awesome and beautiful..how often and with what do you spray?
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Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
Feb 3, 2014 9:32 AM CST
I don't, but rely on resistant varieties. I'm pro-choice on chemical use, but prefer to avoid them. Rita has a regular spraying schedule for hers.
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Feb 3, 2014 11:18 AM CST
Neal, you have the right idea there with the rose grouping. Now if you plant 5 different ones, different colors, you will get the effect that I have done. I like the mix of colors and the way they all fall into each other.

Stay tune to my Garden Ideas Article coming up here in Roses Week which explains in detail my Rose care routine, especially spraying.
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Bulbs Cottage Gardener Roses Irises
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gemini_sage
Feb 3, 2014 12:59 PM CST
Rita, you're most certainly doing everything right! OMG, I think yours are the most gorgeous Roses I've ever seen. You've also chosen colors that blend so beautifully together. Don't ya love breaking the "rules" so successfully.
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Feb 3, 2014 1:02 PM CST
Thanks. I planted for the effect I wanted. It turned out very well if I do say so myself. Hilarious!
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quietyard
Feb 3, 2014 4:35 PM CST
Absolutely love the way you crowd your roses and mix the colors ! Perfect ! Thumbs up
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Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Feb 3, 2014 4:49 PM CST
Big Grin
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
Feb 3, 2014 5:13 PM CST
Ah, you just inspired me! I was looking around the garden the other day between snows, and was noticing how closely I'd planted a 'Livin' Easy' last fall, to a Meideland (sp?) Scarlet, and wondering "what was I thinking?" Ah ha! I just need to add a yellow right there too!
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Feb 3, 2014 5:18 PM CST
That sounds like a great plan to me.

There are roses I used to have that I have gotten rid of. Not because they were "bad" roses but because they grew too large for my method of planting closely.

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