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Once planted, we recommend regular feeding with David Austin’s Rose Food, which comes in a 2.25kg tub, perfect for keeping the fertiliser dry and safe from curious children and pets. This is priced at £9.99. The fertiliser has an organic base and is specially formulated to release nutrients over long periods.
At Chigwell Nursery we always spray our stocks of roses fortnightly with RoseClear. Roses can be very prone to attack from insects such as aphids, and fungal diseases like blackspot and mildew. The very wet weather we have had this year will create perfect conditions for fungal diseases, so please check your roses, and indeed other garden plants, regularly. If your plant is already affected, remove the worse-affected leaves, and ensure you clear fallen leaves from the ground as well, as they will cause the disease to spread to other plants in your garden. Dispose of the affected leaves properly - do not add them to your compost heap or you will encourage the disease to spread. Spray surrounding plants as well to protect all new growth.
David Austin’s website has some fantastic advice on pruning roses, and summer dead-heading. Please click here to see this page. You will note that they recommend using Felcos when pruning, which we sell at Chigwell Nursery and always use ourselves - they are simply the best secateurs available!
Roses for Specific Places
David Austin have helpfully identified which of their roses are best for different planting aspects - please click here for details
David Austin Roses
David Austin believe their English roses are very adaptable plants, suitable for many uses throughout the garden. Here, we summarise some of the ways they recommend using roses:
In a mixed border, the large blooms of roses can add substance to the lighter foliage and smaller blooms of herbaceous plants, and there is sure to be a rose to complement all colour schemes! Since roses begin blooming at this time of year, when other plants many be finishing their flowering periods, roses add beautiful colour and interest at just the right time, and often this continues until the onset of Winter. For the most striking results, David Austin recommend planting roses in groups of three if space allows, although they point out that single plants are perfect on their own in smaller mixed borders. In the picture (left) David Austin have planted Gertrude Jekyll roses in a beautiful mixed border with herbaceous plants, and the big, pink blooms look very striking against the more delicate whites and blues of the surrounding perennials.
As you would expect from dedicated rose-growers, David Austin love the traditional English rose border, where the whole garden border is planted solely with roses. Rose borders provide stunning displays of flowers and rich, delicious fragrance right all summer long, and once again they recommend planting in groups of three, and perhaps using harmonising colours, such as pinks, purples and whites, or whites, yellows and apricots.
Roses are beautiful in patio pots, where both their bushy growth and beautiful flowers brighten any area. At Chigwell Nursery we always recommend using fresh, multi-purpose compost with a handful of Miracle-Gro Slow Release Plant Food in your pots, and keeping your plants well-watered. Pots will dry out much quicker than the soil in the ground, so it is necessary to water often - every day in warm, dry and windy spells and around twice a week through the Winter months, depending on the weather. We also recommend you feed at least once a fortnight with Miracle-Gro All-Purpose soluble plant food, to constantly replenish the nutrients the roses will need to keep flowering so exuberantly!
Strong varieties of English roses can make beautiful hedges and path-liners. As well as the gorgeous blooms throughout the summer, the thorny nature of rose stems can also be a useful deterrent to unwelcome visitors (human or animal!).
David Austin also recommend using English roses in rose gardens (which they will happily advise you on), as climbers (eg ‘A Shropshire Lad,’ right), standards and as cut flowers in the home.
As with all plants, how you plant a rose will play a major role in how successful it will be - quite simply the more goodness you put in, the more beauty you get out! We always recommend that you plant into lots of good-quality, fresh multi-purpose compost. This will contain far more nutrients than ordinary garden soil, and our local Essex clay is very poor quality in terms of nutrients and drainage so you should never plant straight into it. We also stock David Austin’s Mycorrhizal Fungi, which should ideally be used when planting. This remarkable product is a balanced complex of biostimulants which will help the rose cope with the stress of being planted and promote root growth. It also contains six species of beneficial bacteria, which promote growth in various ways, in particular by aiding the release and uptake of nutrients from the soil. Each pouch of Mycorrhizal Fungi will treat three roses.