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Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

●● 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.

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