Ludwig’s rose corner
Rose guru Ludwig Taschner offers expert advice…
Q: I have installed an archway between two sections of the garden and would like to train a climbing rose over it. Which varieties would you recommend?
I always advise choosing varieties that flower repeatedly in great profusion and, most importantly, have a vigour that compares with the height and width of the arch. Midinettes or miniature climbers are ideal for a 2m-tall and 2m-wide arch, as are large flowering types such as ‘Blossom Time’, ‘Edgar Degas’, ‘Royal Gold’, and ‘Don Juan’. For a much taller and wider arch, choose ‘Compassion’, ‘Crème Caramel’, ‘Pink Cloud’, ‘Iceberg’, ‘Cherry Garland’, ‘Nahema’ and ‘Gülilah’.
Q: I mulched around my newly-planted ‘Free and Loyal’ roses but the stems seem to have burnt. This is not the result I expected; what went wrong? If mulch consisting of fresh organic material is heaped up too high on the young stems, it heats up and kills the tissue beneath the bark. When mulching, make sure the material is slightly away from the base of the stems. It could also be that the rose was planted too deep. The soil level in the container should be the same as that of the bed when planting.
‘Free and Loyal’