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Planting Royal Jubilee shrub roses

jo.rbhjo.rbh Posts: 15
Hi all. I have 6 Royal Jubilee potted roses that I’m looking to plant later this month to form a Rose hedge.

Im planning to dig the hole and add manure and mycorrhizal fungi prior to planting, then put Rose food around the base.

the plan is to then cover the bed with permeable weed matting and 200-300mm pebbles on top of that.

Does that sound about right? Any top tips to give my roses the best chance?

How far apart would you plant them to create a hedge (they have a spread of 4.5ft)?

TIA

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  • MarlorenaMarlorena Posts: 8,644
     would probably plant those, centred 4 foot apart should be alright..

    You asked for 'top tips'.. well I wouldn't use weed matting, but it's your garden and your requirements, so not for anyone else to tell you what to do there...  the roses shouldn't be troubled by it once established..

    Lovely roses, you have chosen well...
    East Anglia, England
  • jo.rbhjo.rbh Posts: 15
    Marlorena said:
     would probably plant those, centred 4 foot apart should be alright..

    You asked for 'top tips'.. well I wouldn't use weed matting, but it's your garden and your requirements, so not for anyone else to tell you what to do there...  the roses shouldn't be troubled by it once established..

    Lovely roses, you have chosen well...
    Thanks Marlorena. Out of interest, why wouldn’t you use weed matting?
  • MarlorenaMarlorena Posts: 8,644
    @jo.rbh 

    The previous owner of my garden had it all over the place in a double layer.. I've spent the last 10 years getting rid of it, although some still remains...  rain drains right through it but if you've ever dug ground that has had weed membrane over it for some years, you will find that the ground underneath seems dead, lifeless and it smells...    I would rather weed and watch the birds able to feed.. it's just not good for a garden .. but this is a personal opinion based on what I found here..

    The rootstock on your roses will find its way around, it's pretty tolerant... and if it suits your purposes then don't let me put you off...   Where I still have it is under a patch of gravel used to walk on.. I have planted in it, cut holes and put plants in.. they grow away alright so it's not a problem on that score... 

    Best of luck with your roses... this rose will not be at its best in the first year... the blooms can droop... be patient.. from the 2nd year it takes off and you start to see a very different rose take shape... 
    East Anglia, England
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