Guest Author - Connie Krochmal
By Peter Schneider, this was released by Storey. It is a must have for anyone who grows roses. It is especially helpful to gardeners who want to grow their own roses for cutting. The author explains how to choose the best garden spot for your rose plants.
This definitive guide covers everything you need to know about choosing and growing roses. This covers all the various groups of roses, including old garden roses as well as modern ones and species roses.
A chapter is devoted to each group. This covers climbing and tree roses along with miniatures. There is also a chapter on growing roses in pots.
This devotes an entire chapter to cutting and bedding roses. The author explains which cultivars or species make the best cut flowers. He also gives step by step directions for harvesting the roses with details on conditioning the stems and using them in arrangements.
This title focuses on using roses in the landscape for various purposes. This shows how to design beds and borders for rose plants.
All in all, this title covers nearly 360 roses. These are listed alphabetically within each chapter. There are full profiles for each one with a lush color photo. This gives the hardiness, a description of the flower, plant origins, rose classification, plant size, details on its growing needs, tips on choosing the right place in the garden, and related/similar ones. The profiles also note which ones are repeat bloomers.
The author explains how to shop for rose plants, and how to transplant them into the garden. This also has details on the routine care throughout the year. There is a chapter on rose problems that covers diseases, pests, and roses that fail to bloom. This also has a chapter on pruning roses. Throughout the book are boxes with additional information on various rose topics.
The appendix has all sorts of helpful information. There is a glossary, a zone map, and a list of roses by classification. There is also a list of recommended mail order nurseries that sell rose plants.
This book is based on the authorís experience growing roses for over three decades. He has over a thousand different kinds of roses in his garden. He is a renowned author with other books to his credit. His articles appear in various gardening magazines. He also edits the annual Combined Rose List, the annual directory of roses that are available in the nursery industry.