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Rose guru Lud­wig Taschner of­fers ex­pert ad­vice…

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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’

‘Edgar De­gas’

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