by Abby Lanes
Rose Tree Gardens
Article by Tim Gardener
If you are looking for a colorful way to make a grand statement in your garden, then do what the nobles of the past did and surround your home with rose trees. Doing so will definitely add an air of elegance to any landscape.
In addition to proper seasonal care, the gardener must also prune the tree for several reasons. One reason is for appearance. You can prune it to achieve just about any look imaginable. Another reason is that trees that are not pruned are more prone to disease. Also, if the tree is not pruned, there can be weight displacement on the cane and the tree will not be able to stand strait. Only the top portion of the tree should be pruned. The cane should never be pruned.
Once proper care is achieved, these rose trees can be very beautiful. Rose tree gardens are unusual and will impress most gardeners. Tree roses, the common name for the rose standard, can be found at many big box garden stores as well as nurseries. A tree rose is basically a rose that through grafting has been grown into the form of a tree. Tree roses have one graft at the bottom of the plant like a traditionally grafted rose and then an additional graft at the top of a 24-40″ cane. This additional graft at the top of the non flowering cane or stem is what creates the flowers on your rose tree.
Rose trees do require a bit of extra care due to their unique form. Most rose trees will need to be staked to prevent wind damage to the stem or cane. You’ll also need to keep up with the pruning of your tree rose. If your rose gets too large or top heavy the cane can be damaged, because it’s only able to support a reasonable amount of top growth.
Your rose tree will also need additional help dealing with extremes of heat or cold. Hot southern climates can make the cane or stem susceptible to sun scald. Harsh winter climates will force you to devise creative and interesting looking methods of protecting both the lower and upper grafts on your rose tree. This involves creating a mesh metal cylinder to the height of the upper graft and filled with mulch, or wrapping the stem and thus both grafts with insulating foam, or burying your rose tree in a trench filled with soil and covered with mulch.
Rose trees can be a fun addition to your garden. Anyone who has the time to provide a bit of additional care can have one of these stunning specimens in their yard. Rose trees added to your garden as singles or en mass will create a dramatic focal point and give a salient feel to your rose beds.
Whether you’re creating an elegant Victorian-style formal garden or just want an unusual addition to your casual rose garden, a rose tree makes eye-catching feature. While rose tree care does take a fair amount of work, when you know how to go about it, you can get excellent results without much of a struggle.
About the Author
Tim McMillan is a rose gardening enthusiast and chief editor of Rose Gardening News. For more great information on Rose Bush Care, visit http://www.rosegardeningnews.com
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