Shrub Rose Bushes - So Versatile
The term "shrub rose bushes" refers to the appearance of the rose plant, which in general resembles that of a bush or shrub. The name, shrub rose is somewhat confusing because a rose, any rose in fact, is actually a shrub. Most varieties of roses can be considered shrub roses including hybrids, modern roses, antique roses, and even miniature roses. Shrub rose bushes are a great colorful alternative to use anywhere you would plant another type of shrub.
Shrub roses can be used as a screen or hedge plant for privacy, as a border, in the background, and any other way you can think to use this bountiful bush. Although the flowers from shrub roses carry little fragrance, they do come in a wide assortment of colors. Pink, red, white, and yellow are all common colors for a shrub rose's abundant and vibrant flowers.
Unlike many other roses, shrub rose bushes are perfect for planting anywhere. They're "plant-friendly" and can mingle into any mixed assortment of flowers. In addition, shrub roses are very winter-hardy and they have excellent disease tolerance. These round easily-maintained bushes are not typically considered a "small" plant. Many older shrub roses can grow up to six feet in height. If desired, they can also be trained to grow like hedges.
It's generally the modern shrubs that are much smaller in size. Several modern shrub roses have been popularized in recent years. Ground Covers such as Cliffs of Dover, Flower Carpet and Jeepers Creepers have been a treasure for homeowners with sloped or uneven lawns. They also grow wonderfully in hanging baskets and containers. Regardless of the variety you choose, shrub roses can be a wonderful feature at the entrance to your garden or home.
If you purchase your shrub from a nursery, you'll want to dig a hole that is double the width and length of the pot that contains your shrub. Use a sharp instrument to cut the plastic pot away. The idea here is to disturb the roots as little as possible. Once you have the plant free from its container, place it in the hole. Fill in the remaining space with loose soil and soak the plant with water. Make sure the plant is in a very sunny location. Generally speaking, shrub roses require a minimum of eight hours of full sun on a daily basis. The direct light combined with moist soil will ensure maximum flower production.
Fortunately, shrub rose bushes require very little maintenance. The soil should always be moist. If you live in a climate that receives very little rain during the summer months, you'll want to water your shrubs twice a week. If you're looking for gorgeous results and optimal growth, fertilize your roses in the spring and fall with organic fertilizers. Pruning is not necessary with this shrub, as it is basically self-cleaning. shrub roses will release their own dead foliage, creating a neat appearance through every season. Some of the prettiest roses are 'ever blooming.' Purchase this type of shrub if you're looking to purchase a recurrent bloomer that will profusely bloom several times annually.
Before you plant another green shrub, consider planting shrub rose bushes. The most trouble you'll have with this plant is deciding which is the prettiest to bring home!