Introductory guide to growing old-fashioned and English roses, including hardiness zone information. Provides practical advice on how to plant, propagate, cultivate and landscape roses.
A gardener-friendly guide to growing roses. Old-fashioned roses are cherished by gardeners for their timeless beauty, strong fragrance and fascinating history. Growing these roses -- along with their hybrids -- offers gardeners an opportunity to bring history to life. It is enormously gratifying to know that the roses blooming in one's garden were first cultivated by the Empress Josephine or were originally used to cover Cleopatra's bed. Old-fashioned and David Austin Roses communicates the pure romance of old fashioned roses while demystifying the process of growing them. Contents include: History Once-flowering old roses Repeat-flowering old roses David Austin roses Cultivation Landscaping with old roses Diversions: making rose oil, syrup and more Each section of the book is organized by species and near hybrids. A concise history introduces the cultivars along with a short description that includes date of origin, growing requirements and interesting historical facts. Straightforward advice for planning and growing includes practical tips for feeding, watering, mulching, deadheading, cutting, pruning and minimizing the effects of pests, diseases and cold weather. There are landscaping instructions for borders and beds, containers, groundcover, rose shrubs, hedges, the woodland garden and climbers. Finally, a rose cookbook includes recipes for creating such ancient concoctions as rose oil/perfume, rose and rhubarb syrup and rose brandy. Old-fashioned and David Austin Roses is an accessible and essential reference for novice and experienced gardeners.