Best of the bunch
●● Patio rose Even if you don’t have room for a rose in your border, you can enjoy the fragrance and colour that a patio rose gives close to a seating area.
Patio roses and floribundas are good for pots, as well as some compact English roses. Look for something with a compact habit which repeat flowers.
Roses don’t like to share space with other plants, so plant them singly in a pot which is at least 40cm (16in) wide and deep and can hold around 20 litres of compost.
Use loam-based compost such as John Innes No. 3, adding a handful of rose food to the mix when you are planting it up.
Good varieties include R. Nice Day, a patio climber with sweetly scented double blooms in salmon pink, and R. Anna Ford, a patio miniature with large trusses of orange blooms.
Roses love sunshine and should receive sun for at least half the day.
However, it is important that container-grown plants do not dry out or they will become prone to powdery mildew.