Guest Author - Hellie T.
An English Garden without roses is not an English Garden!
Roses look best when planted amongst your perennials they are versatile and beautiful and seem to add an air of romance to the garden.
If you have the space allow them to climb up walls and fences. If not add an obelisk or trellis or grow roses through larger shrubs and up trees. This will help your garden to have that overflowing feeling that is so typical of traditional English Gardens.
OK so I have a soft spot for roses - but their scent alone is worth the effort of growing them. Grow the pastel coloured ones - the soft pinks and creams and yellows that blend so easily with English Garden plants.
Hybrid tea roses will often flower until the first frosts provided the climate is not too wet.
Shrub roses come into their own in the autumn shrub try a hybrid musk. They are easy to grow roses that have flowers are held in large clusters and another good point - these are usually scented.
Musks are very useful for hedging and group planting. .
Some Musks to look out for
Autumn Delight has soft creamy yellow petals and very few thorns.
Cornelia has pinky apricot flowers and is very good in the autumn when it leaves will turn a bronzy hue.
Prosperity has a lovely strong scent and creamy white flowers.
Buff Beauty has fragrant deep apricot coloured flowers and can be grown as a shrub or low growing climber.
Are shrub roses that have flowers on until late autumn and have the benefit of huge red hips and leaves that turn a bright orangey yellow.
Dont forget that to get hips you must not dead head your flowers!
Here are a few of my favourite roses that will bloom until late autumn
Blessings pale pink
Canterbury medium pink
Centenary a floribunda pale pink
Fragrant Memories a pale pinky white
Gertrude Jekyll - a lovely pink and very fragrant
Heavenly Rosalind is a delicately flowered small bush that has pink and white flowers it is good in pots.
Lichfield Angel a peachy pink with a good scent
These are but a few check out your local plant center or a good rose catalogue.
Take a look at my English Garden Roses page for some English rose catalogues to browse through.
Enjoy your garden