Valentine’s Day is a time when many people consider giving roses as a gift. Most of the time, we’re thinking about the long-stem roses from a florist.
But roses also can make a great gift for the garden.
If you’re contemplating planting roses, you have many choices.
You can select from several different categories or types of roses, and each type includes numerous varieties.
It’s important to think about the type of roses you want to grow so you make the proper selection.
LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill offers this list of some of the more popular categories that will do well in our area.
Repeat-flowering — everblooming — roses bloom intermittently from around late April to early December. These include the following:
Hybrid tea roses produce large, exquisitely shaped flowers generally produced singly on long stems for cutting and in an amazing range of colors. These are probably what you equate with Valentine’s Day. Highly susceptible to black spot, these roses generally require regular spraying and pruning to remain healthy and vigorous.
Grandiflora roses are tall plants that produce hybrid tea-like flowers singly or in clusters of a few flowers on long stems.
Generally comparable to hybrid teas, they also require similar care.
Polyantha roses are vigorously growing, bushy plants that produce small flowers in large clusters or sprays and are excellent in landscapes. Most are relatively disease resistant, and they are some of the more reliable and easy-to-grow types.
Floribunda roses are useful for landscape planting. These shrubby roses are less ungainly than hybrid teas. The flowers are smaller, often brightly colored and produced in clusters.
Other choices include climbing roses and ramblers. Bushy types are English roses, ground cover roses, landscape roses, shrub roses and hedge roses. “Old garden rose” is a catchall term that includes China roses.
Tea roses are wonderful roses for Louisiana, and noisette roses are mostly climbers, although a few are robust shrubs that thrive in the Deep South.
The LSU AgCenter Botanic Garden Camellia Society show will be held from 1-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the LSU Rural Life Museum located in the Burden Museum and Gardens, 4560 Essen Lane, Baton Rouge. The free show will feature about 1,000 blooms, with camellias also available for purchase.
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