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Help keeping roses

We moved to our house 6 months ago, all my life i have lived in apartments and never had gardens. Now i have a garden, albeit small.

I have already planted herbs, they are thriving (although i killed my 1st basilikum because i left it out), my strawberries are also doing great and my raspberries and specially blueberry bush is happy and new have leaves.

Roses is the last step for my garden this year. I want 2 rose bushes in memory of my Mum and Brother, but because they have so much meaning i want to get it right and i am a complete novice. I read it up on the net, but i want 1st hand advice instead of experts jargon.

Do roses like it sunny or shady, do they like to be exposed or sheltered. Do i have i have to plant them on the garden grounds or can i keep them in vases? (i prefer vases were possible so i can move if needed, the plant is not happy etc, i feel more in control). If i keep my roses in vases will i limit how much they grow and flower? if i keep them in vases, how large or deep should these vases be. I do not want climbing roses (have no real place for that i think) i want rose bushes, any specific type of roses i should choose.

These are very important to me, unlike all my other garden projects i do not want to "just try" and see what happens. I want to get these right, they will be full of meaning to me.

Thanks in advance for any help.
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Re: Help keeping roses

If you are choosing roses to celebrate very special people in their lives, you should try and choose roses that will reflect their personality I feel. So it is very difficult to advise without having known those two great people. some roses are very simple and fragrant, others are very flamboyant. In Romandie there is an excellent rose specialist near Morges, and he also sell David Austin roses (the best UK grower) and would give excellent advice, but it is too far for you. (Alain and Gisèle Tschanz in Aclens). Hopefully somebody here will be able to recommend a good rose grower in your area- so you can go and talk to her/him about the characteristics you want, and of course your location (altitude, exposition, etc). Some like full sun, some not. There are virtually 1000s of different roses out there. For me, I've decided that a rose that is not fragrant is not worth growing however beautiful it is. Bonne chance.

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Re: Help keeping roses

Find a big local garden centre, and read some books for advice.

Maybe you can plant them in large tubs and bowls with good drainage, and sink these into the ground? Then if you move you can dig them up without disturbing the fine roots too much. As far as I remember roses like bone meal and dried blood as a fertilizer. Plant marigolds around them to keep the flies away.
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If you want good professional advice and talk to someone who really know what's what, I would avoid big Garden Centres Sbrinz. Much better to pay just that little bit more and deal with someone who is a specialist, like the Tschanz in Aclens.

One other thing to be careful about, is that some roses give 100s of roses all at once, but once a year only. Others are less prolific in one go, but flower repeatedly for months.
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Re: Help keeping roses

Thanks for all the advice. You right, i rather pay that little bit more but get it right, i shall look for a good stockist/specialist and inform myself, its very important to me to get it right.

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