In the Spotlight: Roses

Dr Jane Bingham highlights the beauty of roses.


Roses are at their best now and repeat-flowering roses will flower all summer until the first hard frosts of autumn. We have a beautiful selection from award-winning rose specialists, including David Austin, on display. We have roses for special occasions, roses for arches, pergolas, mixed borders, elegant rose gardens and pots, roses that ramble up high and roses that scramble across the ground.

Fill your summer garden with delightful blooms and delicious perfume.

Choose from our beautiful collection here at The Mains of Drum. Our experts are always happy to help you.

Roses in Pots

Small shrub roses, patio roses, patio climbing roses and standard roses do very well in pots. Grow them in pots of moist, but well-drained, soil-based compost, like John Innes No.3.

Did you know?

Patio roses are neat, robust, bushy floribunda-style roses that are larger than miniature and smaller than bush roses. They generally grow to no more than 60cm (2ft) tall.

How to Grow Roses

Choose a sheltered sunny spot for your roses, they do well with plenty of organic matter mixed into the soil. We have bags of well-rotted farmyard manure in stock. Water well, by thoroughly drenching the soil, during dry spells.

Top Tip

Dead-heading is vital for a prolonged display. Check for faded flowers every few days.

Winning Combinations

Roses look stunning when grown together with other plants like Lavender, Catmint (Nepeta), Heuchera, Hardy geraniums, Penstemons, Vinca, Asters or Lilies. Mixed planting extends the season of interest and helps to keep weeds at bay.

Helping the Environment

Ward off pests by planting garlic, herbs and other aromatic plants with your roses. If you need to spray, opt for a product that is organic. We use Neudorff BugFree Bug & Larvae Killer for Roses in the Plant Area. It contains naturally active ingredients and is organic.