Growing roses in your small garden or on your patio is possible when you choose the right variety and are able to provide for its most basic growing needs. Most new gardeners, or even experienced rose gardeners, do not know that it is possible to grow a rose garden entirely in containers. Using potted roses, you can easily bring the beauty of rose bushes into your garden or patio. You can enjoy their fragrant blooms on the patio or cut blooms on your dining table.
Choose from among these rose varieties for the best results in a small garden, and make sure that you pot them in suitable containers with the right soil mixture.
Potted Roses for Small Gardens & Patios
Because of the specific needs of rose bushes, the pot that you use must have good drainage, with the bottom third consisting of gravel or other material. Clay pots that can change with the soil it holds is also the best option, pots made from natural materials are able to protect roots from drying out or dying due to high heat. Plant the roses that you choose in as big a pot as you can manage right in the beginning. Roses will need to be potted up eventually, but the more room you are able to provide it with at the start of it’s growth, the better.
Overall Best Choices
There are some rose types that are generally better for potting than others, and varieties that will be able to survive if potted. Climbing roses should not be contained in containers because they will eventually outgrow all sizes of containers and the nutrients contained within the soil will not be able to provide for the needs of these growing plants. Compact rose varieties are the best option, so find cultivated varieties that have been dwarfed or can withstand regular, severe pruning.
Miniature rose varieties that are great potted varieties include Little Emma, Cinderella and Sweet Sue. Yellow, white and pink, respectively, these roses have both tiny stems and flowers with buds that are just as full as their larger counterparts. Miniature roses don’t give up anything in color or fragrance and are great for the patio where they can be potted up in two years but still stay in the same spot.
Meant to fill a corner of the patio, patio roses like My Sunshine, Sweet Caroline and Fairhope are larger than miniatures but still small. Patio roses can be shaped into tidy round bushes or left to fill out a corner and act as a screen when clumped together. Any variety of patio roses, including the ones recommended here, produce a number of fragrant blooms that continue to appear for weeks when fertilized properly.
Tea roses grow into large shrubs, but with some pruning they can be kept in large containers in a small garden to act as the main showpiece of your garden. Knockout, Grace and Neptune are three varieties that most gardeners are familiar with, and most often grown directly in the garden. Provide these roses with large sturdy containers and you can place them anywhere where there is full sun.