Rosa ‘The Garland’

Family: Rosaceae

Rosa ‘The Garland’ is a gorgeous rambling rose that was bred by Wells.  This is an old rose, which was first introduced back in 1835.  ‘The Garland’ is a cross between a Musk Rose and a Multiflora Rose (Rosa moschata and Rosa multiflora).

I planted ‘The Garland’ in my old garden.  This fantabulous rose was planted in light, sandy, free-draining soil against a tall North-facing wall that was topped with a wooden fence.  I adore ‘The Garland’ and relish everything about this magnificent rose.  There are not many plants that if I was given my time over that I would choose to plant again, simply because I write about and trial plants and I want to get to know as many plants as possible.  ‘The Garland’ is one rose that I would definitely plant again.  This rose’s flowers have a divine, warm and fruity fragrance with distinctive notes of orange.  The blooms are open and ready for insects, but they are still highly scented.  The Garland’s perfume permeates the air on a warm summer’s day and this rose’s fragrance enlivens the garden on hot summer nights.

Rosa ‘The Garland’ produces sprays of the palest peachy-pink coloured flower buds, that open up to reveal small-sized, ivory-coloured blooms.  Although ‘The Garland’ only flowers once a year, this rambling rose makes an impact while it’s in bloom, producing an abundance of sweetly-scented, semi-double flowers, in early summertime.  The fact that ‘The Garland’ is once flowering is actually jolly useful for a tall climbing rose.  Relax, enjoy the flowers in mid-summer with no need to worry about dead-heading, and then enjoy vermilion hue-coloured rose hips in autumn and wintertime.  The open blooms are accessible to bees, hoverflies, and other pollinating insects and the flowers attract a steady troop of insects.  Once they’ve been pollinated, these pretty flowers then go on to develop into small orange-red rose hips that highlight the autumn and winter months with their warm colour.

‘The Garland’ grows up to around 4.5m (15ft) tall.  A rose’s eventual size will vary depending on the individual plant’s soil and the plant’s own particular growing conditions.  Plant Rosa ‘The Garland’ in a bright and sunny position, in a moist, well-drained soil.  This rose can also be grown in a partially shaded location; although a plant that’s growing in the shade may not bloom with such abundance and may not grow quite as strongly, as a rose that’s planted in a sunny spot.  Having said this, I must say that I planted my rose in shade, against a North-Facing wall, in a sandy soil and I was absolutely thrilled with my plant’s flowers, scent, rose hips, and indeed every aspect of ‘The Garland’s appearance and character.

With climate change and periods of drought increasing, to ensure longer-lasting flowers and an improved floral display from your rose, if you have not received any significant rainfall I would recommend giving this rose a couple of buckets of water every week, whilst the rose is in bud and in bloom.

Plants benefit from being mulched with homemade garden compost in early springtime, and again during the growing season.  Aim to mulch around your roses at least twice a year.  Before you apply your mulch, first weed around your plants.  I’d also suggest that whenever possible you apply your mulch around your roses, after a period of heavy rainfall.

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