Here are a few things to consider before digging away to make a rose garden.
Firstly, the basic question is 'what do you want from roses'
There are literally hundreds of different types of roses, some that bloom all season, or some once a year.
If you want to be able to have cut roses in the house constantly, then you need the type that rebloom.
Some roses fill the garden with beautiful smells and others are scentless.
Like us humans, roses have specific needs as well, needing at least 6 hours of unfiltered, full sunlight each day, apart from the harshest sunlight hours between 12 – 2 pm, where dapple shadow is best.
The soil must be well drained, even though roses are thirsty they do not enjoy constant wet feet.
Roses are hungry, which means they prefer fertile soil containing stacks of organic matter, composted cow manure, chopped leaves, soil conditioner and ground bark.
Good air circulation, somewhere breezy without being windy, as they can be prone to fungal problems, which blow in the wind.
Plan the garden to make sure the larger roses are at the back or in the middle if a central garden is desired, with smaller varieties in the front.
The best time to plant roses is in mid- to late-spring, when the plants are blooming (so you can see what they look like), the largest selection is available, and you can get them in the ground before the summer heat arrives.
Some roses come potted, although if you're buying in early spring, you can get away spending less money by buying bare-root roses, which means the plant comes in a plastic bag with its roots wrapped only in moist moss.
Hoping this gives a bit of food for thought and maybe a few ideas to think on before embarking on a beautiful rose garden project.