For an easy to look after and carefree rose gardening experience nothing beats Old Garden Roses or Hybrid Tea Roses. First, a little about Old Garden Roses. These are some of the earliest roses cultivated for the pure pleasure of the flower itself. It also refers to a type of rose that was recognized before 1867, the year that the modern rose was introduced.
Old Garden Roses include bourbons, noisettes, albas, portands, chinas, damasks, hybrid perpetuals, moss roses, gallicas and teas. The majority of these roses are originally from Asia and Europe but some of these varieties are native to North America and the United States. These roses are single blooming and are usually pastel or pale in color.
These roses are some of the hardiest and can survive some of the most desperate weather conditions but they do best when they receive at least six hours of sunlight a day. They like to be placed in an open area and for ideal conditions they prefer soil that has been fertilized and well-drained before planting.
Once you plant these roses you should have little to worry about other than keeping insects off them and providing them with a little mulch protection for the winter. They will happily bloom for you for many years to come.
The Hybrid Tea Rose can about as the result of the pairing of two Old Garden Roses, the Tea Rose and the Hybrid Perpetual. The most charming features of this low maintenance rose are its multiple petals and long, tall and elegant stem. Because of this they are one of the most common rose to both give and receive as a gift.
Hybrid Tea Roses should be planted in rows by themselves and while they are easy to maintain they do not like weeds, so be prepared to invest a little time in weed removal to keep them happy. Flowers should be at least two feet from each other so that they donít feel crowded and then they will expand and grow with each passing season.
In the hot summer weather these plants gets very thirsty and need a lot of water, especially if you donít get very much rain. You may wish to consider a weekly dousing during extremely hot and dry weather and bi-weekly waterings should be fine for other times. Mulch around the base of the roses will help the flower to retain moisture during these periods as well.
If you look after your Hybrid Tea Rose well it will normally last at least seven years and many have lasted much longer than that. It reaches its full height after about three years and even if you prune it this rose will grow back to this height every year afterwards. Like many other roses these will require at least six hours of sunlight every day, and they especially like morning sunlight.
You can prune your roses in February or March while the flowers are still dormant. Remove all the dead branches and look for bright green canes as a sign of life from your flower. Remove all the debris from your garden and once it gets warm enough you can begin to fertilize your roses with a fertilizer that is high in nitrogen. Then you can sit back and enjoy your beautiful and carefree roses.