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Growing roses in pots in an English Garden.

Guest Author - Hellie T.

Roses are an essential part of your English Garden and most roses can be successfully grown in pots.
Remember that roses like good drainage (so plenty of crocks) and a decent sized pot (so their roots aren’t cramped).
They prefer a good soil that is slightly acid or neutral.

Potted plants tend to lose the nutrients from fertilizers more quickly than plants in borders and beds so you will need to water and feed them regularly - a daily inspection does no harm and is good for you.

Here is my selection of roses to use in pots, that will help you create an English Garden effect.
You can find them in garden centers or rose nurseries, the latter are often the best places to buy your roses as they will be able to advise you on a rose that will be perfect for your particular spot.

I am assuming that you have a spot that gets at least half a day’s sunshine.


  • Polyanthus roses give a lovely massed effect if you have three pots near one another – try Cameo, Jean Mermoz or the well known Fairy with its lovely pink blossoms.

  • Ground cover roses are excellent for cascading down the sides of a pot look out for Fairy Damsel, Flower Carpet, Hertfordshire, Pink Drift or Pearl Drift.

  • Floribundas such as – Allgold, Anisley Dickson, Arthur Bell, City of Birmingham, Escapade , English Miss, Picasso, White pet or Strawberry Ice are all good roses for pots.

  • The Patio and Miniatures roses are ideal – their small exquisite blooms shown to perfection in pots look out for - Baby Darling, Cinderella, Eleanor, Lavender Jewel and Sweet Dream .

  • If you only grow one rose in a pot then it has got to be an English Rose.
    They nearly all have a strong scent, amongst my favourites are - Brother Cadfael, Evelyn, Graham Austin, Marjorie Fair, Mary Rose, Perdita or The Countryman. They are worth seeking out to use in your English Garden.

  • If you would like a taller rose why not use a Modern Shrub rose?
    Anna Zinkeisen, Armada, Cocktail, Erfurt, Jacqueline du Pre, Kassel, Roundelay, or perhaps my favourite Yesterday.
You can try encouraging a shrub rose up a cane to make a smaller climber or pillar if you have a large pot.

Enjoy your English Garden!


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