Roses are the considered crowning jewels in a garden, deservingly so. It’s been a symbol of beauty, a favorite subject in paintings and illustrations, and has a long cultural history amongst lovers. The attractive foliage has a scent that has captured the likes of chemists, perfumists, skincare companies and even chefs.
Among the 100 species of the ornamental plant, there are the miniature roses which are perfect as ground cover plants. There’s no official name for ground cover roses but horticulturists describe them as shorter than normal, and they grow as wide shrubs rather than tall plants. It is best to plan your garden when planting these ground covers. Take advantage of the different varieties to create an outstanding floral display when they bloom. Rose cultivars vary in height too, so you can lay out a plan for the tall ones down to the miniature species. Here are some helpful tips in maintaining rose ground covers.
- Occasional pruning will keep them in shape and get the nutrients concentrated on a smaller plant. It will also force the plants to develop more blooms. This will ensure constant flowering from spring time and even well into fall.
- Roses are prone to disease and insect problems mainly due to their scent. Keep insects away with natural pesticides.
- Rose plants don’t really act as complete carpet vegetation so weeds are still able to creep in and propagate in between the plants. Pull out the weeds immediately when you spot them. Weed growth can be avoided altogether if the soil’s been thoroughly cleared before planting the roses.
- Fertilizing the soil regularly is no doubt the best way to keep your plants happy. A good amount of rotten organic matter, routinely applied, works best for roses. Replenish the soil nourishment at least once a week and provide sufficient moisture. Most rose plants thrive in the sunny weather but they also need to be watered every day.
- Roses also like the compact clay-based moisture retaining soil with organic material worked into it, like sphagnum moss and manure. Sandy soils are not recommended although roses could grow if the soil is treated with enough organic elements.
- For the best low-maintenance, not-so-fussy roses to grow, most horticulturists prefer the Knock Out variety. The Knock Out is a family of roses that are winter hardy and heat tolerant, too. It fits into any landscape and they come in pink, a combination of pink and yellow, and blushing rose. It grows in full sun or in shaded areas.