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Rosa Bonica

Hi, i am thinking of planting 2 of these at the front of my house. My front garden is paved over but i think i will remove a strip of these outside the window to create a 30cm x 6 foot bed. Not much depth for planting but there is already a red rose in the corner that does quite well. Would this rose work well? I've read good reports on it.

I saw them in my garden center and they are basically twigs at the moment but i guess it's a good time to plant after preparing the soil. I was then thinking of planting either nepeta or some lavender in between come spring. Maybe some alchemilla Mollis also. Front of the house is south west facing so pretty good for roses.

Any other suggestions for roses welcome.

Thanks all.


  • MarlorenaMarlorena Posts: 7,824
    edited November 2019
    ...the 30cm is not a problem but if your border is 6 foot wide, then you would only need 1 Bonica.... after 2 to 3 years it will be 5 feet tall by 6 feet wide and gets very top heavy... some tying back or stakes for support might be necessary especially during heavy rain... of the most floriferous and disease free of roses.... sprays are not necessary...

    ...aah.. I've just noticed you're in Ireland... I cannot vouch for disease pressures in your location but I would not expect too different a result from what I would get here... best of luck...
    East Anglia, England
  • Thank you. Ok, maybe 1 rose might be enough in the centre with more perennials either side. For some reason, I thought 2 might look better. I didn't think they would get so big. I might move some geranium Rozanne from back garden which could look well with it.
  • Mine, in a shady spot, is still blooming  <3

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

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