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Patio roses in containers

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Bonny bunch: container roses will flower through the summer into autumn, adding a splash of colour to your patio 

The secret to growing patio roses in containers

Patio roses are a beautiful addition to any garden and, providing you use decent-sized, frost- proof pots, they are surprisingly easy to grow

By Helen Pickles

It’s the quintessential British flower – the elegant, colourful, fragrant rose. Their blooms are redolent of lazy summer afternoons, fresh lemonade and picnics on rugs. The only downside is that you need a decent size garden to allow their roots the space to grow. Or so you might think.

Most issues with roses in pots or containers are usually down to lack of water or foodModern cultivation techniques have bred smaller roses that thrive happily in pots and containers. These patio roses are effectively compact roses with a dwarf habit; low- growing yet robust and with clusters of blooms that repeat- flower all summer. They are ideal for decking, gardens, windowsills and patios.

And, because they come in so many colours, from vibrant pinks and hot reds to yellows and creamy peaches, they add instant brightness and warmth to any garden. Some have a pleasant fragrance, though don’t expect the heady scents of a hybrid tea rose.

Roses are surprisingly unfussy, provided they are in a free-draining material. You may need to add sand or gravel to the compost, and always stand the pot on feet to lift it from the ground. Also, try and use a decent-sized, frost- proof pot; aim for a minimum depth of 12in. Think carefully about the colour and material of the container, too; choose something that will show off and complement the roses rather than fight for attention.

The secret to growing roses in pots is to never let them dry out. In warm weather, they may need watering daily (but make sure you avoid the leaves). Add a regular liquid feed during the growing season, then change it to a high potash liquid feed when flower buds appear. Roses love the sun but, because you don’t want them to dry out, avoid putting the pots in constant sunshine.

Follow these simple rules and your patio roses will flower throughout the season and well into autumn.

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Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.