PESTS AND DISEASES
Many modern roses are bred to be very disease-resistant, but you should still watch for these two things.
APHIDS are sap-sucking insects that cluster around flower buds. Pick them off and squash by hand or use a low-toxicity product. You can also make your own spray with two tablespoons of soap flakes and one litre of water.
POWDERY MILDEW is a fungal problem that affects roses, especially during humid weather. Look for a white or grey film on the tops and undersides of leaves. Spray with Yates Rose Gun Advanced.
10 Have a glass jar or three? Fill them with roses and hang by the handle from trees or pergolas for lovely living decos. PS, tie rope around the necks to zhoosh up the jars.
Add drama to your patch with deep red roses. For violet tones, try the stunning hybrid tea ‘Dark Desire’ or go for the burgundy hued double cupped blooms of climber ‘Red Pierre’.