Easy Roses to Plant and Care for in New England
Growing roses in New England can be tricky due to the varied and often unpredictable weather that this region is known for. Roses that are strong and planted properly, however, can be surprisingly low maintenance once they are established. I’ll share three great roses to plant which are hardy enough to survive — and even thrive — in New England’s sometimes harsh climate. I’ll also give simple instructions for getting these bushes off to a healthy start for many years of future enjoyment to come.
Also known as beach roses, these fast growing bushes that spread quickly and are covered with continuously blooming pink or white flowers. They thrive in almost all soil types—from sandy beaches to road side fences. Once planted these roses require very little attention.
A trellis hanging heavy with fragrant roses is a breathtaking and romantic sight, and one that has been seen in new England gardens for centuries. There are dozens of climbing roses to choose from. Consult your local nursery for available proven winner options.
Originally hybrids from China, these roses have evolved and have been successfully cultivated in North Eastern gardens for many years, though they may require special framed protection in the winter. They are larger than most climbing roses and are very fragrant. Traditionally found in shades of pink and yellow they are also available in white and red.
Instructions to Plant Roses
- Tools and supplies to Plant a Rose Bush
- Hose or watering can
- Rose bush
- Bone meal
- Aged cow manure
- Clean soil
Recipe to add to the ground soil for healthy roses: Mix together equal amounts (approximately 1/2 cup of each for a medium to large size bush-less for smaller plantings) of peat, composted cow manure, bone meal and clean soil.
How to Plant Roses
- Prepare ahead of time a mixture of equal amounts (approximately 1/2 cup of each for a medium to large size bush-less for smaller plantings) of peat, composted cow manure, bone meal and clean soil.
- Choose a sunny location and dig a hole that is double the width and depth of the root ball.
- Gently remove the rose plant from the container and loosen the root ball.
- Place the rose plant in the hole so the entire root ball is evenly standing under ground. The top of the root ball should be flush to the top of the ground.
- Sprinkle the mixture of bone meal, soil, manure and peat into the hole around the shrub and fill the remaining space with clean, rich soil. Cover the top of the root ball with approximately 2 inches of soil, being careful to ensure that the stem or stalk of the plant is not covered with dirt.
- Spread a few inches of mulch around the plant and water thoroughly every few days.
- To increase and encourage new rose bud growth, snip off weak, faded and past peak blooms as they appear.
- In the fall be sure to mulch deeply and wrap fragile shrubs in burlap or cover with a wooden pitched box to protect from heavy snow and ice-unless of course it is a Rosa Rugosa— commonly known as the beach rose. These bushes are hardy and can survive just about anything.
If you’re looking for roses to plant in your zone, you can’t go wrong with these three varieties. Try it out and let me know how it goes.