Delightfully Fragrant Roses to Plant this Winter

November Gardening Tips & Ideas

November is an exciting month, full of opportunities in the garden.  Take time out to enjoy the fleetingly beautiful glory of the moment, as leaves of burnished gold and crimson light up the landscape.  At this time of year, it’s important to plan ahead and to plant trees and bee friendly flowers, for future generations to enjoy.

Bare Root Planting

I am a passionate advocate for bare root planting: it’s more cost effective and better for the environment than traditional container planting.  Field grown plants require less plastic and water; this growing method produces stronger plants.  Trees, shrubs, fruit, and roses are all available to purchase bare root.  Order bare root plants at your local nursery, garden centre, or online.  Don’t forget to buy a pack of mycorrhizal fungi to treat your bare root plants prior to planting.

Rose Trials

I have been trialling roses this year.  Many of my roses were planted directly in the ground, but I’ve also been running a Container Rose Trial.  I’ve used large planters, filled with a 50:50 mix of Dalefoot Composts Double Strength Wool Compost and loam.

Rosa ‘Emily Brontë’

Rosa ‘Emily Brontë’ (Ausearnshaw) produces very pretty flower buds that open to become rather flat, rosette like blooms with a button eye. This rose has a delicious heady and intoxicating fragrance.

I fell in love with the gorgeous pale peachy-pink, double blooms of Rosa ‘Emily Brontë’ (Ausearnshaw), at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.  These flowers have a knock-out scent; a strong and fruity perfume, with delicious hints of raspberry.  The only downside is that Emily Brontë’s many petalled, double flowers, offer no pollen or nectar for bees.

Rosa ‘Emily Brontë’ is a compact rose that can be used to form a fragrant hedge. This rose can also be grown in a container as well as in your garden beds and borders.

Rosa ‘Desdemona’

Rosa ‘Desdemona’ produces beautifully fragrant blooms that are accessible to bees, hoverflies, and other insects.

Another rose that’s captured my heart is Rosa ‘Desdemona’ (Auskindling), with its beautiful blushing ivory coloured, bowl-shaped blooms.  These utterly charming flowers produce a delightfully fresh, sweet perfume, with notes of citrus, old rose, cucumber, and apple.  Bees and other insects are able to enjoy Desdemona’s accessible blooms, too.

Rosa ‘Desdemona’ blooms have a beautifully rounded shape. These flowers are semi-double; as the buds open, the petals reveal the rose’s pollen and nectar. An insect would be able to push past the rose’s petals to reach the central boss of stamens.

Rosa ‘The Generous Gardener’

Rosa ‘The Generous Gardener’ (Ausdrawn) is a fabulous climbing rose, with semi-double, peony-like flowers, in the palest shade of ballet pink.  These blooms are full of petals, yet they open to reveal pollen rich stamens, which are accessible to bees, hoverflies, and other insects.

Don’t be too hasty in dead-heading your late summer and early autumn ‘The Generous Gardener’ rose blooms, as the faded flowers will develop into large, bright red rose hips. Blackbirds, Thrushes, Goldfinches, and other birds are particularly fond of feeding on rose hips, through the winter months.

‘The Generous Gardener’ will rather beautifully clothe a wall, doorway, or an archway, with its soft pink coloured blooms.  This rose will add a touch of feminine romance to your garden.  The flowers produce a soft, comforting fragrance, with notes of myrrh and musk.  ‘The Generous Gardener’ can reach heights of 4.5m (15ft).   I’ve not attempted growing this rose in containers; my plants were planted in the soil and mulched with Dalefoot Composts Double Strength Wool Compost.

You can make room for a climbing plant, even if you just have a small area of ground next to a wall, a fence, gate or doorway. This is Rosa ‘The Generous Gardener’, with its open centred scented blooms.

Plant Daffodils, Tulips, and Spring Flowering Bulbs

This is your chance to plant spring flowering bulbs, like daffodils and tulips, for a spectacular display of flowers next spring.  Over the past few years, I’ve run a number of Daffodil Trials; if you’re wondering which daffodil varieties flower the longest, or have the best fragrance, you’ll find the results of my Daffodil Trials here.

This article was first published in the November 2019 edition of Vantage Point Magazine.

Other articles that might interest you………….

For more gardening advice for November, please click here.

For gardening advice for December, please click here.

For gardening advice for January, please click here.

For gardening advice for February, please click here.

For more beautifully fragrant plants, please click here.

For lots of lovely houseplant ideas, please click here.

For a step-by-step guide showing you how to plant a terrarium or bottle garden, please click here.

For more gardening advice for mid November to mid December, please click here.

To read about the latest rose introductions from David Austin Roses, please click here.

To see photographs from the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019, please click here.

For sustainable gardening ideas, please click here.

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