As far as growing miniature roses in open gardens is concerned, you can allow your imagination to run riot. Anything and everything is possible, provided you can ensure the necessary things. As long as the site you have selected for growing your miniature receives enough sunlight, there is no limitation to the location or the manner in which you can grow these plants.
Frankly speaking, it is really difficult to resist the appeal of miniature roses. These days more and more people have been purchasing miniature roses as house plants or for growing them in their gardens. However, when people grow miniature roses as their house plants, they usually suffer owing to absence of adequate humidity and sufficient light. This is the prime reason why most people find it difficult to maintain these plants all through the year. Nevertheless, miniature roses provide you with lots of delight even if they flourish for just a few weeks as indoor plants.
After the miniature roses have provided you with enough delight as indoor plants, you can select a suitable spot in your garden and plant them there in spring to take pleasure in their beautiful blooms for years to come. Contrary to their fragile appearance, miniature roses are basically very resilient and possess the ability to survive the winter in your garden. Miniature roses can be found in a wide assortment of hues, bloom styles, sizes, as well as growth habits.
Breeders develop miniature roses so that they not only produce small plants, but also small blooms compared to the standard roses. In fact, novice gardeners prefer growing miniature roses, as these plants need very little care. They are also preferred by gardeners who have very little space to accommodate standard rose bushes in their gardens. The unfortunate part of growing miniature roses is that their blooms are not aromatic. However, some may have little scent.
Edging for Beds and Borders
Miniature roses can be grown in various different places in your garden – in beds specially meant for them, in the form of an edging to any type of bed, in borders or just the length of a pathway or driveway. These small plants are quite effective in all these places. When the larger variety of roses grows older they have a propensity to be tall and thin and the old wood not only looks awkward, but also ugly. However, you can conceal this ugliness by growing miniature roses along with the tall roses. There are two options when you are planting miniature roses with the large ones – either both should have the same color flowers, or they may even produce flowers of contrasting hues. Currently, miniature roses are available in a wide assortment of colors and, therefore, it should not be a problem to choose the color that matches with the hue of the taller roses.
While choosing the miniature roses, you should opt for those that produce brighter blooms and grow up to a low height. This is important because several new miniature rose varieties have the potential to grow up to a considerable height. Therefore, if you do not prune these miniature roses properly and on a regular basis, they will also grow tall and become leggy after some time. Hence, you need to take special care while planting new roses in old beds or borders to make them more effective. In addition, you should also change the soil, which has been depleted of its nutrients and become worn out. This is very important before planting new roses anywhere, including those grown as edging for borders and in borders.
Growing miniature roses as a hedge may seem to be quite an ambitious task. However, hedging with miniature roses is possible provided you take care in selecting from among the miniature rose varieties that are bushy and grow up to a moderate height – the right features for being grown as a hedge. Your miniature rose hedge may be as tall as 3 feet (0.9 meter) provided you are growing the new Sweetheart or Patio roses – these varieties are relatively larger compared to the standard miniature roses. On the other hand, if you want to grow miniature roses as hedges, it is advisable that you opt for the very luxuriant and robust growing varieties whose new growths do not overshadow or grow higher than the earlier blooms.
Then again, you may also have a miniature rose hedge with plants that you have grown for some years in containers and they have developed their own robust root system. For instance, the variety called the Californian Roselings, which are rooted plants and whose roots have become resilient enough to endure the field conditions, are very effective for this purpose. If you are growing roses for hedging, you should plant them at intervals of 9 inches (23 cm) and you will find that they have developed their own mass forming a dense growth in just one summer. When you do this kind of intensive panting, it means that the plants will require some additional feeding as well as watering. At the same time, you will be required to give them special care the moment you notice any sign of disease in the plants.
Growing miniature roses on raised beds is very effective. In fact, this is a great advantage for growing miniature roses because it is easier to work on the plants compared to those grown at the level of your garden. You can prepare the raised beds in several places in your garden, for instance you can construct a raised bed for growing miniature roses atop a bank that is at eye level like in any hollow space on the top of a low height wall. Moreover, small walls like terraces often surround patios and these places are perfect not only for growing upright miniature roses, but also the trailing variety.
In fact, you can plant various different types of roses in such places. In case you are putting up something new, you should preferably plan having a corner bed where you can plant roses with any particular striking hued blooms. It will be ideal if the beds are accompanied with parallel lines so that they compliment the remaining areas of your garden. Alternatively, you may also plant miniature roses producing dissimilar colored flowers to contribute to your garden’s beauty.
While rockeries are perfect for growing miniature roses that are small as well as low, it would be unwise to plant the grafted or budded plants that usually have a relatively bulky rooting system in these places. Ideally, you should grow the smaller miniature rose bushes propagated from cuttings in rockeries, as they appropriately cover the entire rockery’s layout. Moreover, if you use these plants in small groups, they will present a striking splash of hues. Nevertheless, it is important to bear in mind that generally alpine gardens and rockeries comprise very inferior quality and coarse soil, which is not very useful for growing roses. At the same time, it is essential to renew the soil in the rockery pockets where you plant your roses. Each time you should put in a rich soil along with properly decayed manure.
There is no doubt whatsoever that miniature rose is among the most excellent bedding plants, particularly when you only use plants producing flowers of one particular color. Any attempt to try different permutations and combinations of miniature roses will only result in a failure. If you prefer growing a collection of dissimilar varieties of miniature roses, it is advisable that you grow them in any border so that any irregular growth of the plants will not be easily noticeable. Always remember that roses grown in a bed should always be of a particular color. However, you can plant another variety that is somewhat tall in the middle of the bed, while the front few rows of the bed may have low growing varieties of one color. This will prove to be effective when all the plants are in bloom. With the exception of this, never try to use mixed miniature roses in the bed. On the other hand, if you desire to give some height to your miniature bed, you may try purchasing a tree or the normal roses that are available in various sizes enabling you to choose the height you prefer for your miniature rose bed.