We tend to speak about roses in general terms, but in reality there are over 150 different species. Classified in the genus Rosa, the flowers come in many different shapes and colors, including red, pink, purple, yellow, orange and white. The delicate flowers are frequently fragrant. Prickly stems offer natural protection to this woodsy perennial (and are reasons to rock some cute gardening gloves to protect your mani).
Tackling roses can be intimidating for newbie gardeners. Roses have a reputation for being difficult to grow, and those who fall for growing the prickly beauties can develop a love for the hobby that borders on obsessive.
But roses don’t have to be difficult.
The trick is to pick the right rose bush for the right location. While it might be tempting to scoop up a gorgeous rose bush you spotted at your favorite home improvement store, the truth is, those plants might not be the best choice for your region. Do a little research in advance to avoid headaches later.
Local nurseries should be able to tell you which species grows best in your climate and help you identify the most ideal location to plant your pretty blooms.
When it comes to planting roses, the old gardening adage of "dig a $50 hole for a $5 plant" most definitely applies.
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