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Your Rose Garden Site

Before starting to plant your roses, analyze the spot you want to plant in. There are a few things you need to know before you start your rose garden site, so your roses will get what is needed to produce healthy plants.

How much sunlight does your chosen spot get a day? Roses need a least five to six hours of sunlight each day. Is the spot you have chosen in the sun or partly shaded? Roses need full sunlight to grow well. Pick a spot that has lots of morning sun. Roses need a large amount of sunlight to grow properly.

What is your chosen spots soil pH? The best soil pH level is be between 5soil pH test kit.5 and 7. You should be able to find a pH testing kit for your soil at your local garden center.

Does the spot you chose drain well? Soil that does not drain well can make your roses weak and may even kill them. So choose wisely, nothing like planting your roses only to watch them die because the soil did not drain properly.

What about the organic matter that is in your organic matterthe soil? Organic matter like lime or manure help to feed the roots of roses. They are hungry feeders and like a lot of fertile soil.

What kind of space do you have? Do you have enough room for the roses you want to plant? Find out about what size your roses will be when they become mature plants. It is best to dig a hole two times bigger than the amount of space that your roses will take up. This makes them easier to plant and gives your roses space to grow freely and mature.

How about competition? Are there tree roots in your garden area?  The trees roots can and will steal nutrients and moisture your roses need to survive.

What color combinations do I use? As always choosing the color of your roses is a personal preference.  Think about how your color choices will look. Many people have a knack for choosing colors that go together well, and still others need some help. For those of yocolor wheelu who need help, how about using a color wheel we all learned about in school. Remember the complementary and contrasting colors a color wheel illustrated. These may help in choosing the colors you want to plant. There are also other factors the affect our choice of color for roses. Brightness of a color, the area of a color, the saturation of colors, the closeness of colors to each other, light and what our feelings are about a color. Still having a problem with what colors to use and the color wheel did not help? How about using colored pencils or crayons and paper to make color swatches of colors that you would like to plant. Cut them apart colored pencils and place the  colors beside  each other, this can help you get some idea of what  your rose colors  may look like together. Picking colors for your rose  garden is easy, choose colors that please and make you happy. After  all you are the one who will be looking at your rose garden the most.

 What are some uses for your roses? They are a versatile plant, since     roses have two main features structure and color. Roses can be  used many ways in your garden. Roses can be planted in groups alone  and in mixed hedges or as hedges by themselves. They can be planted with other flowers or perennials. Roses make great spot plants when you find you need color somewhere.

Have you thought about your rose garden design? Roses bring a great look to any garden, be it by themselves, or with other shrubs or flowers. They often soften a corner that may look hard or add beauty to a stonewall as they spill over the top.  Being creative with your roses might surprise you,  they can go very well with other plants. Plant them next to your favorite perennials and see what they look like together. They can complement one another's colors, shape and the time they bloom. Added structure also benefits your rose garden, this may come from taller flowers or from structures like ardors or trellises. The best way to plan your rose garden design is to make a drawing of what you want your garden to look like. To see how the colors you choose will work together, use colored pencils and color in the shades you wish to use. It is always easier to arrange flowers and plants around on the paper than it would be after they are already in your garden.  So remember to plan ahead! You can get great sources for garden designs and information from books. Rose garden designs can be formal or an expression of your own taste. Here is a web site that may help in your search for design plans, it is a list of interactive garden sites that literally help you map out a garden. Visit here at: Whatever design form you decide on remember to have fun and enjoy designing your rose garden site.


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