How to Grow Roses in a Cottage Garden


Roses are one of the perennials traditionally planted in cottage gardens. This is not the type of garden in which to grow fussy hybrid-tea roses; save them for a traditional rose garden. Cottage gardens are filled with plants that don't require constant attention.

Step 1

Choose fragrant, old-fashioned varieties such as Damask or cabbage roses. You should also include shrub roses and at least one climbing variety.

Step 2

Train climbing varieties to scramble up trellises or unusual support structures. Create an outdoor alcove by planting a rose on an arbor with a garden bench beneath it.

Step 3

Grow at least three bushes of each rose variety in your cottage garden. This mass-planting technique will make each variety more prominent than a single rose bush planted by itself.

Step 4

Plant roses closer to each other and other types of flowers in a cottage garden than you would in a traditional rose garden or perennial border. One of the hallmarks of cottage gardens is that the plants are spaced so close together that no soil is visible.

Step 5

Grow all of your favorite colors of roses. Cottage gardens are a hodgepodge of color, form and texture. For the best effect, do not adhere to a strict color scheme. Grow many colors of all types of flowers, including roses.


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Keywords: choose roses for a cottage garden, climbing roses, Damask roses

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Sharon Sweeny has a college degree in general studies and worked as an administrative and legal assistant for 20 years before becoming a professional writer in 2008. She specializes in writing about home improvement, self-sufficient lifestyles and gardening.