Amateur Gardening

Get colour for months with Repeat-flowering roses

THERE are roses… and then there are roses! A couple of centuries ago, when these summer charmers first became the must-have plants for any self-respecting British garden, most roses were ‘once-flowering’, making an appearance solely in June/July, with a single flush of blooms that lasted for several weeks. The odd flower would sometimes pop up in late summer or autumn, but these were too sporadic to be considered a ‘second flush’.

These were the roses that dominated gardens until around 80 or so years ago, when the new, highly dramatic (but also single-flush) hybrid tea and floribunda bush types became incredibly popular.

More recently, however, a growing number of gardeners have started seeking out options with a longer season of bloom, and luckily there are shrub, climber and rambler roses

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