Roses 101


Welcome to Roses 101!

Hedgerow Rose is a site devoted mainly to gardening (you can read more about that here) with over 400 posts and over 100 of those specifically about roses. Crazy, I know. A search bar can be found above and drop down lists  for the categories can help you narrow your field of interests. But what if you’re brand new to growing roses and not exactly sure where to start?

That’s why I put this page together, when it became clear to me that readers like you were bouncing in off Pinterest (or a search engine) with questions about growing roses and couldn’t find answers without doing a whole lot of searching first. I can only imagine how frustrating that is!

Let’s get started. The following links will take you to my most popular posts which include specific tips for cultivating roses. I will continue to add to this list as I write more so the information you need will be right at your fingertips. If you’re brand new to rose gardening, I suggest you start with my Types of Roses page first to get a general idea of the 3 groups of roses you will come across when planning your garden.

Types of Roses from A-Z (A brief overview with photos)

Tips for Growing Roses in Containers

My Potting Soil Recipe for Container Grown Roses

Introducing “Banded” Roses Into Your Garden (A great way to build up a collection!)

Preparing Roses for Winter

Preparing Roses for Spring

How I Propagate Roses From Cuttings

This Rose Not That One  (Selecting the best roses for your garden)

A List of American Rose Society’s Top-Rated Roses (2013)

“Should I Keep this Rose?” (A Printable Checklist)

Installing a Trellis for a Climbing Rose

How I Grow Roses in a “No-Spray” Garden

Examples of Bloom Forms and Petal Counts in Roses

DIY: Constructing a Cedar Rose Support

Fragrant Roses: Fragrance in roses and some favorites!

Tips for Starting a New Garden

David Austin bareroot rose

Where to purchase roses and supplies?

I also often get asked where I purchase my roses and supplies. You’ll find the list is short and sweet because over the years I’ve narrowed it down to just a few places I like to shop from. If you need further assistance or have any questions about specific vendors I may have bought from in the past, please feel free to contact me privately.

David Austin (Of course!)

High Country Roses (My favorite place to purchase bands from these days. Especially since Vintage Gardens closed!)

Grow Organic (For fertilizers/soil conditioners/beneficials/propagating supplies etc.)


Other helpful links…

HMF (Help Me Find rose database. AMAZING. I visit it daily!)

Garden Web Rose Forums (Find answers to any question you’ve ever had. Seriously. Be sure to check out their related forums, too. I particularly like scrolling through the Antique Roses discussion board!)

American Rose Society

Heritage Rose Foundation

Royal Horticultural Society

Roses on Antique Transferware Plate Thumbnail

What about Rose-specific blogs I follow?

TOO MANY TO LIST! Like a lot of people, I use Pinterest to get my rose fix and I do my very darndest to find and cite the ORIGINAL link so if you visit my Roses Pinterest Board, those photos will take you to the actual posts written and photographed by that original author. Warning: my rose board is a rabbit hole! Make yourself a cup of tea and get comfy! 😉



13 thoughts on “Roses 101

  1. I am so glad I stumbled on your website!! Your blogs and tips are extremely helpful and your photographs are very beautiful (and make me want to buy many more roses!) I only have one wish and that is that you would cite the rose on each of your photographs – the rose at the top of this page is stunning but I wish I knew what it was…..

  2. Hi Laurie,

    Your selections are beautiful and the post about banded roses has been really helpful. Because you’ve planted so many roses I’m wondering how you deal with rose replant disease. I have found it frustrating to lose a rose or decide I really don’t like one that I’ve planted but feel that that spot has been “spoiled” for other roses. If you have dealt with this I would love to hear your thoughts! Thank you. 🙂

    1. Thank you for your visit, Jen!
      Rose replant disorder is a strange thing, isn’t it? I’ve found that if the rose that I’m removing was never that established (like, say, it’s been there for a year or less) and I am able to remove much of the surrounding soil with the root ball and then replacing the hole with fresh compost when I plant a new rose, I can get by. Phew, that was a long-winded sentence but hopefully that made sense. Outside of those parameters, I just simply don’t replant a rose in that exact spot, although sometimes I sneak one in that’s close by. That was a really good question!

  3. What would you say is the best rose for flowers for the longest period? I would prefer to plant roses that are going to flower more than once in a season.
    Thank you.

    1. Hi Karen, let me see if i can help you with that: when you’re shopping for roses, you will want to avoid those that are described as “spring blooming” or “once blooming.” those roses are often an Old Garden Rose (sometimes called “antique roses”) or species. See my Types of Roses page for more about that. What you’re looking for are roses that are described as having “blooms in flushes” or “continuous bloom.” There are so many to choose from–too many to list here–but if you visit your locally run garden center/nursery they should be able to help you select those that are appropriate for your area. 🙂

  4. Hi, I just stumbled across your blog and how gorgeous! I would like to know how you buy your roses from Austin. Do you choose bare root, own-root, potted? And if you would be so kind, what is the difference between them (pros and cons)? Thank you so much.

    1. Hi Karen, thank you and welcome! I have tried all 3 forms of Austins (bareroot, potted, own-root) so hopefully I can answer your questions. The bareroot roses I usually reserve over the winter and they are delivered at the correct time for planting in my zone. The only time I’ve ever had a problem with this method was last spring–they were planted out so late in the spring (all the roses that were in the ground had already leafed out) and then it got really hot/dry and they were basically cooked. The trick is to get them in your garden when the rest of your roses are coming out of dormancy. Potted David Austin roses–this is my special treat to myself that I reserve for late spring/early summer when I visit local garden centers that carry them. This is nice because it’s like instant gratification as they are often already in bloom. It also gives you an opportunity to see what you’re purchasing versus the bareroot which are simply sent to you. With the potted Austins, keep in mind that while they look fantastic at your garden center, they might not be the best rose suited for your climate. I like to check the HMF database ahead of time to see if that particular rose is susceptible to disease, etc. Last, the Austin own-root roses are fun to experiment with and, when they are successful, are a great addition to the garden because own-root roses tend to be a bit hardier than grafted, long-term. That being said, I have had mixed results with the Austin own-roots. Some of them were very weak and spindly and did not perform well. However some, like Jude the Obscure and Strawberry Hill did great! This year I am trying out Lady of Shalott, Lichfield Angel and Jubilee Celebration on their own roots and I’ll be sure to report their progress. Hope this was helpful!

  5. Another question, since I am really new to the roses thing, I am looking for a pink climber, thornless with great rosey scent that will do well in clay soil and high heat and humidity. Am I asking for the moon? I feel like I am. Thank you for any suggestions. It would be to climb over the arbor over the gate to the backyard. Thank you again.

    1. Hello again! Well, the good news is, clay soil is chock-a-block full of nutrients. The bad news is, roses will not thrive if their soil does not drain properly (roses hate what they call “wet feet” and I’m sure you’ve seen how soggy clay soil can be.) This is fixable, though, by amending the soil with finished compost you can give your rose the proper soil structure it needs. This would also be a good time to head over to your local county extension office and pick up a soil test. While you’re amending your soil with compost you can add any additional nutrients your soil might be lacking. OK! So, let’s get to the fun stuff: there are a TON of pink climbing roses, but since you asked for thornless and one that will do well with humidity (and therefore a breeding ground for blackspot), I must offer one of my favorites these days, ‘Cornelia’, which is a pink-blend hybrid musk. She’s a real trooper and when we grew her in our Pennsylvania garden, which was the blackspot capital of the world, she never showed signs of disease. This is also a rose you can grow on her own roots, and is practically thornless. If you live in a climate with hot summers, try growing her where she’ll get several hours of morning sun and a bit of afternoon shade. I think Antique Rose Emporium might still have Cornelia in stock. Good luck! 🙂

  6. Hello Laurie. Just found your blog. I garden in Western Australia I sand! It has been very hard doing it organically but I think I have just got a handle on a good feeding/prevention program. I like Ve your site, think I will be a frequent visitor. May I ask what is the rose posted above, a pink one with a green button eye? like Mme Hardy, but PINK!

    Thank you for all the work you put into this


    1. Hello Roseanne! You have a great eye. That rose in question actually is Mme Hardy. Sometimes the flowers had a light pink cast to the petals. It’s autumn here in the N hemisphere so I imagine you’re probably just getting your first flush of roses right now. Hope you’re having a wonderful spring!

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