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Growing Roses: The First Steps in Gardening, #2

Growing Roses: The First Steps in Gardening, #2

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Growing Roses: The First Steps in Gardening, #2

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Sep 26, 2018


Do you have the desire to create a beautiful rose garden? Discover the simple secrets of growing beautiful roses.

While each rose and rose garden is unique, every rose garden has a list of routine tasks that absolutely must get done. Through trial and error, Gary Emmett has found dozens of tips and tools to growing beautiful roses during his over 25 year career working in the horticultural industry. For the first time, you can get your hands on his best practices for growing roses.

In this easy to follow guide, you'll discover:

  • How to select the best roses and where to get them.
  • How and where to plant your roses for the greatest chance of success.
  • How often to water and feed your roses for spectacular blooms.
  • How to treat diseases and the best ways to control pests.
  • How and when to prune your roses.
  • How to prepare your roses for winter.
  • And much, much more!

Gary's simple but effective methods can help you take those first steps to growing beautiful roses. If you like your garden coming up roses, then you can't afford to miss Gary's essential guide to growing roses.

Buy Growing Roses and get growing with Gary today!

Sep 26, 2018

Über den Autor

Gary Emmett learned the love of gardening as a child from his grandmother.  She patiently worked at his side teaching him how to beautify his surroundings. Gary earned a degree in horticulture from Ricks College, now known as BYU-Idaho, with an emphasis on retail management and landscape construction.  He then went to work for a large garden center in Southeast Idaho for 11 years, and managed each of their 2 stores and locations during that time. During those 11 years, he also was the star of a local news gardening segment on television.  He has also had experience in radio call-in shows in which callers could call him and ask their gardening questions. Gary then went on to work for a national lawn and garden chemical/fertilizer company.  He was the regional sales manager and his territory covered five western states.   He spent much of his work time training garden centers and their employees about the products his company sold so they could assist their customers. Gary currently works for his town as the Parks Director.  He loves to play with and care for over 500 roses.  He also teaches classes to the public on gardening and answers their questions on how to solve their gardening problems. When Gary is not playing with the roses and parks in town, he enjoys spending his free time designing and planting the “empty canvas” that he and Brenda currently have as a yard.  This is a definite work in progress and might actually be finished someday. Gary’s favorite annuals are Osteospermums, diascia, and calibrachoa.  His favorite perennials are heuchera and roses. Gary has this bit of advice for all gardeners:  “Gardening is an adventure filled with many twists and turns.   Remember to have fun in the journey and you will be successful.”

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Growing Roses - Gary Emmett



We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.   ~Abraham Lincoln

GROWING UP ON A FARM in Wyoming there was always rugged beauty surrounding me. I could see for miles around the farmlands and fields that provided the means of livelihood. Acres of corn, sugar beets and alfalfa covered the landscape. The hills were covered with sagebrush and cedars, providing cover and vegetation for deer and other wildlife. The nearby canals and ditches brought irrigation water to the fields, allowing small groves of trees to grow along the way. It was a harsh beauty; one that provided me with my childhood and one that helped me develop a love for plants in all their forms of beauty.

My father was raised on a small homestead that was a mile away from our small farm. This is where my grandmother lived and she helped instill in me a love of gardening. When I say gardening, I mostly think of vegetable gardening, but she had an apple orchard and flowers of all kinds. It truly was a homesteading parcel of land that provided all that one needed to live.

I was the youngest of seven children, the baby of the family. It is often said that the youngest child is spoiled or gets away with things that the older kids didn't because the parents were just too tired to deal with it anymore. My dad had planted a rose garden that separated the driveway from the lawn with a section protruding out into the lawn. This is where I decided that I wanted to play baseball with my friends. I think I was the only one that thought having a rose bush as second base was a good idea. It became a natural member of the team. You couldn't slide into second base and you surely didn't want to reach out and try and grab it for the safety of the base. I think my father was hoping I would give up on baseball a lot sooner than I did. How that rose bush survived over the years, I will never know.

Several years later, my parents and I moved from that farm. I went off to college and pursued a degree in architecture. After a couple of semesters I realized that I was missing something...I was missing the dirt beneath my fingernails. As funny as that sounds, I soon switched majors and went into Horticulture. I am now playing and working with plants and dirt all of the time.

I have always loved roses. I know that there is more to them than just providing a thorny second base. The town where I grew up, was a small town in Wyoming called Lovell. Lovell is also known as the Rose City of Wyoming. There was a Doctor Horsely in Lovell and he loved roses too. He grew and cultivated thousands of roses over his lifetime. He would give all the mothers, that he delivered a baby for, a rose in the spring to be planted in their yards. He delivered my older siblings and they all had their roses, but by the time I came along he had retired from being a doctor and I had no rose to call my own.

After my college years, I worked several years in a garden center in Idaho. One of my first tasks and responsibilities was to order the roses for the next year. That was fun and exciting, just like a kid in a candy store. After being in Idaho for almost twenty years, I was fortunate enough to return to Wyoming. I currently work as the Parks Department Manager for the Town of Lovell, where I oversee the care of the parks and public rose gardens in town. These rose gardens have over 400 roses growing in them and they require a lot of work and care.

The harsh winters in Wyoming and the hot dry summers can provide a lot of challenges to growing roses successfully. I have learned a few tricks along the way and hopefully with this book I can share these tricks and tips with you.

Classifications of Roses

A rose is a rose is a rose is a rose. 

~Gertrude Stein, Sacred Emily

JUST LIKE THE DIVERSITY of the human race, there are so many different characteristics in the genus rosa, that the following list shows a breakdown of the genealogy of the rose. And then I will share some of the characteristics of those roses as described by the American Rose Society in the following pages.

Reprinted by Permission from the American Rose Society’s 2017 Handbook for Selecting Roses page 6

Classification of Roses

The American Rose Society recently approved a new classification scheme that reflects both the botanical and evolutionary progress of the rose. There are three main groupings: Species (ie wild roses); Old Garden Roses (classes in existence before 1867); and Modern Roses (classes not in existence before 1867).



—Species (Sp)


—Alba (A)

—Ayrshire (Ayr)

—Bourbon & Climbing Bourbon (B & Cl B)

—Boursalt (Bslt)

—Centifolia (C)

—China & Climbing China (Ch & Cl Ch)

—Damask (D)

—Hybrid Bracteata (HBc)

—Hybrid China & Climbing Hybrid China (HCh & Cl HCh)

—Hybrid Eglanteria (HEg)

—Hybrid Foetidia (HFt)

—Hybrid Gallica (HGal)

—Hybrid Multiflora (HMult)

—Hybrid Perpetual & Climbing Hybrid Perpetual (HP & Cl HP)

—Hybrid Sempervirens (HSem)

—Hybrid Setigera (HSet)

—Hybrid Spinossissima (HSpn)

—Miscellaneous OGRs (Misc OGR)

—Moss & Climbing Moss (M & Cl M)

—Noisette (N)

—Portland (P)

—Tea & Climbing Tea (T & Cl T)


—Floribunda & Climbing Floribunda (F & Cl F)

—Grandiflora & Climbing Grandiflora (Gr & Cl Gr)

—Hybrid Gigantea (HG)

—Hybrid Kordesii (HKor)

—Hybrid Moyesii (HMoy)

—Hybrid Musk (HMsk)

—Hybrid Rugosa (HRg)

—Hybrid Tea & Climbing Hybrid Tea (HT & Cl HT)

—Hybrid Wichurana (HWich)

—Large-Flowered Climber (LCl)

—Miniature & Climbing Miniature (Min & Cl Min)

—Miniflora & Climbing Miniflora (MinFl & Cl MinFl)

—Polyantha & Climbing Polyantha (Pol & Cl Pol)

—Shrub (S)

Selecting Roses

"There is simply the rose; it is perfect in every

moment of its existence."   

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

THE FOLLOWING CLASSIFICATION descriptions are reprinted by permission from the American Rose Society’s 2017 Handbook for Selecting Roses page 7-11. I want to thank the ARS for allowing me to use their information in my book. At the end of each rose description, I have added a selection of roses representing each classification group.

Classification Characteristics

No other flower has a wider range of size, color, shape and flower form than the rose for attractive and easy adaptation to any garden setting. Roses are among the most versatile of plants. They come in every shape, size and color imaginable with architectural dimensions, both in bloom and plant size, that make it possible to please everyone! They bloom constantly from early spring to late fall, providing a rich tapestry of color in the garden.

Starting out on the rose selection pathway, the architectural shape and dimensions are of prime importance. To navigate this panorama of size and space, the following explanations have been compiled to explain the range of classifications available.

Species Roses

Often referred to as wild roses, species roses are usually single-petaled (4-8 petals), once-blooming and have a bush size ranging from 2 to 20 feet. They are listed according to their Latin name, beginning with R. for Rosa and can have common synonyms. For example, R. Foetida bicolor is also known as ‘Austrian Copper’.

Varieties: Rosa arkansas (Prairie Rose), Rosa banksiae lutea, Rosa blanda, Rosa foetida bicolor (Austrian Copper), Rosa foetida persiana (Persian Yellow), Rosa gallica officinalis (Apothecary Rose), Rosa moyesii, Rosa rugosa alba, Rosa rugosa rubra, Rosa spinosissima (Scotch Rose), Rosa virginiana (Virginia Rose), Rosa woodsii (Woods’ Rose)


In 1966, the American Rose Society defined old garden roses as those types that existed prior to 1867, the year of introductions of the very first hybrid tea, ‘La France’. Within this generic definition, a number of popular subdivisions exist based on natural historical developments and characteristics. The flower form can be quartered, cupped, imbricated or expanded, reflexed, globular or compact. After an initial spring crop of blooms, some varieties may produce no more flowers the rest of the year, but their hip production does add a different kind of beauty to the garden. The beauty of the old garden roses often lies in the heavy fragrance they can impart to the garden. The most popular classes are:

Alba - Known as white roses, these plants are upright, often climbing, have dense blue-green foliage and are disease resistant.

Varieties: Alba Maxima, Amelia, Celestial, Chloris, Madame Plantier, Queen of Denmark, Semi-Plena, White Rose of York

Ayrshire - This group of climbing, sprawling roses originated in Scotland and are once blooming.

Varieties: Ayrshire Splendens, Dundee Rambler, Janet B. Wood

Bourbon - Developed from the hybrid chinas, these were the first repeat-flowering roses. They derive their name from the location of the first members of the class, the Ile deBourbon in the Indian Ocean. Plant size can range from 2 to 15 feet tall. Repeat blooming.

Varieties: Boule de Neige, Louise Odier, Madame Pierre Oger, Queen of Bourbons (Bourbon Queen), Souv de la Malmaison, Variegata Di Bologna, Zephine Drouhin

BOURSAULT - This is a small group of thornless rambling-type, once-blooming roses developed by the French gardener who gave his name to the class.

Varieties: Amadis, Blush Boursault, Mme. Sancy de Parabere’

Centifolia - These Dutch hybridized roses derive their class name from the fact that the flowers often contain more than 100 petals. Plants are 4 to 8 feet tall, winter hardy and are once blooming. They are also referred to as cabbage roses and are featured in Dutch flower paintings of the 17th century.

Varieties: Bullata, Fantin-Latour, Petite de Hollande, Tour de Malakoff

China - This group’s most important characteristic is its ability to

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