Shade Roses – Do They Need to Be?
When we have taken great care in maintaining our yards, in time it becomes beautiful and full of a variety of different types of plant life. When the trees are mature and ample shade abounds, we want to “decorate” around the base of the trees. You can plant ivy, or wild flowers but wouldn’t it be nice to plant roses? Yes, you can Shade Roses.
Most plant life requires a certain amount of sun for survival, including roses. So do you attempt to plant and successfully maintain a rose bush beneath the tree? There is a large variety of roses available that can have partial shade but still need a minimum time in the sun or partial sun. Some rose species can survive with several hours of sun to others needing a more substantial amount of time in the sun.
Remember that if you truly want to plant a rose directly beneath a tree which provides a great deal of shade, place the rose where it can get direct sunlight for 5 – 6 hours otherwise try to do your best to plant further away from the tree or trim the tree branches. The more light the roses receive, the more successful the growth of the rose itself and its blooms will be. Also, keep in mind what zone you live in when choosing your roses and the climate that the roses will live in.
With placement care, patience and proper maintenance you can Shade Roses. Roses can be finicky so if the plant truly doesn’t care for the home you’ve chosen for it, it will let you know. If it does, then do your best to make the necessary changes to make it happy.
Some great options that are available to you are Champneys and Noisette type roses, Ballerina (Hybrid Musk) whose blooms resemble apple blossoms) and Bubble Bath (HM) type roses.
Other Shade Roses to choose from would be F. J. Grootendorst which is a carefree grower which has clusters of double red blossoms and offset by small leaves; Gruss an Aachen produces salmon pink double flowers and fade to a creamy white that was introduced in 1909; Playboy reveals large orange-scarlet double blooms and great disease resistance.
Some other Hybrid Musk varieties that you may want to consider if your yard requires to Shade Roses would be: Belinda, Cornelia, Daphne, Kathleen, Mozart, Penelope, Windchimes and Yesterday. Some great climber varieties would be Zepherine Drouhin, (The Thornless Climber) with deep cerise pink blooms or perhaps New Dawn double, pink blooms that fade to a soft pink.
Remember when choosing the rose to know your zone that you live in and how much sun the spot you’ve chosen has throughout the day to make sure that the rose will indeed have enough sun to grow happily and produce beautiful blossoms.