Miniature Roses Have Many Uses
By Dana Noonan
Among the most charming and delightful of plants, miniature roses come in the
same multitude of colors and varieties as their full size cousins. They're
perfect for container gardens, but do just as well planted in the ground. Their
small buds and blooms are beautiful in corsages and arrangements, tucked into a
small vase on a tray or picked and carefully dried in potpourri.
While small in size, most miniatures are highly scented, and just a few small
bushes can perfume the air in the entire garden. That, and the ease of growing
the hardy little perennials has made them increasingly popular with home
gardeners. Their versatility makes them as at home tumbling over a trellis to
create a romantic, rose covered gazebo as they are in a neatly trained border
along the side of a driveway.
Miniature roses are, by definition, compact bushes with abundant blooms. A
single miniature rose bush can have hundreds of flowers. There are a number of
different varieties of miniatures, separated by size and growing behavior.
Micro-minis are particularly delightful, maturing at between 6 and 12 inches of
height, with blooms as small as 1/4 inch across. They grow wonderfully in small
pots, and are the perfect plant to lend a touch of romance to a sunny city
Climbing miniature roses, like Rainbow's Edge with showy orange and yellow
flowers or the Red Cascade with its open, velvety red petals, can quickly cover
an open frame or gazebo to create a rose covered trellis in one growing season.
Upright miniature roses, or standards, are tree roses that grow from 12-18
inches tall. A rose tree in full bloom is a delightful centerpiece accent in a
low growing garden, or standing on its own in a container.
There are a number of miniature roses that trail, sending out runners with new
growth and flowers. These make wonderful choices in a hanging basket, with
drifts of flowers to cascade over the sides in a beautiful display of color.
Best choices for hanging baskets include the aptly named Red Cascade and the
ruffled pink Nostalgia.
Miniature roses are hardy bloomers that winter well even as far north as zone 4.
They grow quickly, require little care outside of watering, and will reward you
with dozens of blooms for very little effort.
Copyright 2005 Dana Noonan – http://www.GardenSites.info
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