The Park Rose, also known as the bed rose, truly shines in larger gardens and parks. The shorter, clustered-flowered varieties are suitable for hedges or even lining pathways.
Characteristics of the Park Rose
These roses are low to medium in height, ranging from approximately 60-80 cm. There are single and double-flowered, scented and intensely scented varieties. They produce 1-3, occasionally 5 large flowers on a stem, as they bloom in bouquets with many flowers, not just one per stem like traditional tea roses. This rose variety blooms from late May until the frost. The abundance of flowers per stem creates an intense color effect, especially when planted as hedges. Park roses combine the unique beauty of roses with the usefulness of hedges.
Planting and caring for park roses
- The potted plant can be planted at any time of the year, except when the ground is frozen.
- Choose the location carefully.
- It should receive at least 6-8 hours of sunlight, but it’s even better if it gets sunlight almost all day.
- A slightly acidic, nutrient-rich, loose soil promotes its growth.
- It’s advisable to enrich the planting hole with compost.
- Dig a hole larger than the size of the pot and water it well (a hole of 60x60x60cm).
- Carefully remove the plant from the pot, pressing the sides of the pot to avoid damaging the roots.
- Keep the soil around the roots and place it in the prepared hole, then cover with soil and water thoroughly.
- The recommended spacing for hedge planting is 30-50 cm between plants, with a row spacing of 40 cm. For planting in rose beds, maintain a distance of 50-100 cm between plants.
Care of Flower Park Rose
Park roses reward careful care with abundant and long-lasting flowering. Roses require ample sunlight, so it is not advisable to plant them even in partial shade, as they will not develop properly.
- Ensure proper watering during dry periods.
- It is better to water less frequently, around every 6-7 days, but avoid allowing stagnant water to accumulate.
- To promote more abundant flowering, provide nutrient supplementation twice a year – in spring and autumn.
- It is beneficial to plant them alongside lavender, as roses planted near lavender are less susceptible to aphid infestations.
- Pruning the faded flowers encourages the plant to produce more blooms.
- They tolerate and, in fact, require pruning in spring.
They do not require any special plant protection or winter covering. Temperatures below -7 degrees Celsius can be harmful. To protect against this, the base of the plants should be mounded with soil and covered with a layer of dry leaves, about 10-15 cm thick. This protective covering can be removed in April after the frost has passed.
Park Rose Varieties
They come in various colors ranging from white and dusty yellow to two-tone roses, covering almost the entire color spectrum, except rainbow and black roses. Two-tone roses can also be grafted onto standard rose stems, creating a striking display with their different color combinations.
Some park rose varieties include Rumba, Samba, Arthur Bell, Christal, Marco, Rosa Szent Margit, Rosa Kodály Zoltán, The Quin Elisabeth, and Lilli Marlen. Another noteworthy variety is Árpád-házi Szent Erzsébet, bred by Gergely Márk, which won a gold medal in Rome in 2000. With the help of standard roses, the rose bed can be made multi-tiered, as they stand out among the shorter park roses and tea roses. They bloom continuously from early summer to late autumn, adding beauty to the garden for a long time.
Purchasing Park Roses
They are available in a variety of colors and sizes. These varieties can be found in almost every nursery’s selection. When ordering from an online store, the purchased plants are usually delivered, which is important because it ensures that we receive the plants in good condition.
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