Leek Post & Times - - YPUR GARDEN -

Ex­pert rosar­ian Ian Lim­mer at Peter Beales Clas­sic Roses has given me his pre­dic­tions on the na­tion’s favourite plant for 2019. He told me that with so many new houses now be­ing built with small or very lim­ited out­door space, he is find­ing that gar­den­ers’ at­ti­tudes are chang­ing as many peo­ple now opt for the smaller, more com­pact roses. These can eas­ily be grown in a con­tainer to brighten up the pa­tio or a shaded area of the gar­den.

At the same time, gar­den­ers tend to look for a long flow­er­ing pe­riod and va­ri­eties that do not re­quire too much at­ten­tion. Ian says he has seen a large trend to­wards pa­tio ram­blers such as Ru­ral Eng­land, Pur­ple Sky­liner and Ram­bling Rosie.

The mod­ern Per­sica range of roses with their nov­elty eye are also very much in de­mand at the mo­ment. With a wide range of colours to chose from, they are re­peat flow­er­ing, very healthy and pro­vide some real im­pact, with one of the most pop­u­lar be­ing the strik­ing Eye of the Tiger.

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