What the Lesser Known Roses can do for Gazebos

Roses-The Lesser Known Varieties

Gazebos, specifically the canopy gazebo, as well as park benches and other garden structures, owe a lot to the planting of roses. Roses are my favorite flower and I can never stop giving them their due. I can't say enough about their usefulness in adding color and texture into the garden.

Making focal points seem so easy when you place roses next to a gazebo, bench or whatever type of structure you choose to adorn your landscape. Here is some helpful information that I would like to share.

Roses and a Victorian Gazebo

Roses are divided into various types according to their individual characteristics of growth and flower.  Although the Hybrid teas, Floribundas, and Grandifloras are the most well known, there are still more types of beautiful roses that also deserve your consideration. Each type will enhance your garden by providing color next to a canopy gazebo, in a separate flower bed, next to a park bench, or simply as an addition along a fence.If you plan to do a lot of potting and re-potting with your roses or your other flowers, I would like to recommend buying a potting bench. A potting bench is a good way to organize your work and materials into one space.

Here is a quick description to help you understand the differences in each of the other types of roses. Having an understanding of them will help you choose the best variety for your garden and for the adornment of your canopy gazebo. Let's take a look at each category.

Climbing Sports will resemble climbers in habit, but are derived from bush varieties whose names they bear. They resemble them in most aspects, with one exception being the length of their stem.

Then there are the Ramblers, or rambling roses. These are vigorous climbing or trailing roses with small flowers often of a rosette type. They bloom in large clusters in July or August.

The Shrub Roses are vigorous, bushy varieties. They are usually five feet or more in height, with small to medium-sized flowers that are produced in small or large clusters. Shrub roses have various flowering times and many will bloom continuously throughout the summer months. There are many beautiful varieties for sale. Shrub roses can be planted just about anywhere. They will need be able to have an ample amount of sun, but they usually require minimum maintenance. Some types will give you lasting color throughout the growing season. I have several Knock out rose bushes along my canopy gazebo. I also have several of them along my fence line.

The Old-fashioned Roses are classified as a variety that is either raised before the 20th century, or, as ones that have the characteristic appearance of the older varieties. You will find many of these varieties commonly seen in Victorian gardens and garden gazebos. These roses will bring attention to your gazebo and make it a focal point that is full of lasting color.

Roses add color and class to a canopy gazebo

Roses accenting a gazebo

Miniatures roses have become more popular in recent times. I think it is because this type of rose lends itself well to being grown in containers. This has an advantage, as its allows apartment dwellers and garden enthusiasts, who may not have a space for a garden, to be able to enjoy and grow roses. This variety measures one foot or less in height, and has small flowers that are produced in clusters from June to October. Miniature roses can be purchased just about anywhere these days.I have found them to be available in supermarkets, hardware stores, chain stores, as well as nurseries and garden centers. My daughter has bought several of them. She keeps them in the containers during the colder months, and lets my grandchildren plant them in the garden when the weather warms. Be careful, as they will not remain a miniature once they have the reign of the garden bed to spread out. They require very little attention or maintenance, which makes them ideal for children to try their hand at gardening.

Then, there are the Species roses. These are wild roses that have not been altered by hybridization. They usually have single flowers and will vary in habit and appearance. Some gardeners have a separate section or rose bed set aside for only these varieties.

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