Roses are called the “Queen of Flowers” not only because
they are the most sought after, but the most widely planted in any herb garden.
This is a must for the serious gardener because the beauty of a rose and exquisite fragrance reigns supreme in any herb garden.
Known as the flower of love, inspiration, devotion, and gentle healing properties this rose is a “sacred flower of divine femininity” linked from Aphrodite, Venus and to the blessed mother Virgin Mary.
In planting your rose herb garden, roses like a protected non-windy spot, with lots of sun and well drained loamy soil to grow and produce the most fragrant blooms.
During the winter time is the best time to plan on adding roses to your garden in the spring. Planning the site several months before planting the roses is recommened. Prepare the soil in the fall for spring planting. Incorporate as much organic matter as possible like manure, composted leaves, natural fertilizers such as rock phosphate, granite dust and bone meal when preparing the site.
First, study the catalogs to select roses that are made for your
temperate zone. Here in Vermont we are a zone 4 or
5 depending what region you're living in.
Next, create a herb garden design that will suit your
commitment to growing roses. If you’re like me and plant a wide variety of
herbs and vegetables than plant them in groups. A circle works best for my gardening style with plenty of air circulation between plants.
This @ symbol or a square or rectangular bed works nicely
with roses for simplicity. A square foot raised bed would make it even simpler. It's easier to keep the weeds out and under control.
Add tall herbs in the middle and ones that attract beneficial insects.
Add small low growing and noncompetitive herbs for edging
Add design edging to reduce your maintenance chores
Spacing requirements for your zone
Climbing and rambling roses for a rose herb garden should be no
closer than 5 feet apart.
Finally, water well specially the first year and dead head in the summer then prune lightly in the spring.
Mulch in the fall for winter protection
Learn more about how to harvest and create gifts...Roses
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more gift ideas like rose sugar.