Thursday July 2, 2020

The killers among your roses

Roses may be beautiful to look at, but they are prone to nasty diseases and bugs - and need a lot of attention, writes Ros Drinkwater.

28th February, 2009

Roses could teach Victoria Beckham a thing or two about high maintenance.

They need feeding, mulching, pruning and deadheading. They are prone to disease and are preyed on by insects. They can keel over due to waterlogged soil, wind rock, and severe frost, but they are also drop-dead gorgeous and therefore irresistible.

For centuries a dedicated rose garden was de rigeur in country houses from Kerry to Delhi. These days few gardeners have the space,...

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