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Rose garden - height, space etc

a1154a1154 Posts: 1,059

Ive been shopping again (!) and im planning a modern take on an english rose garden. it will be mainly roses, but mixed in with some other plants, more formal than most of my garden. 

I have bought some roses, and i chose the ones i liked the look of, the colour, or it said it had a good scent, so there is a mixture of 

old roses

HT s


and ground cover roses (these are already planted)

no climbers or ra

my question is about wether roses are all individuals in terms of height, how much space they need etc, or are there general rules to help me eg do old roses need more space, floribundas grow taller etc? 

Thanks for help.


  • a1154a1154 Posts: 1,059

    Sorry that was supposed to say no climbers or ramblers

  • AngieRAngieR Posts: 347

    I am no expert in growing roses but would imagine you'd need to research each and every one of the roses you have bought.  Was this information not provided on the labels?  

  • a1154a1154 Posts: 1,059

    Nope i have the names, not expected growth or space needed. 

  • AngieRAngieR Posts: 347

    Then I suggest first port of call is the the RHS plant finder a1154 and if you have no luck there probably try googling them all individually.  There is a very good rose website (for buying) but I can't for the life of me remember the name!!  Maybe someone else will know. It lists lots of roses you might get lucky there.  Good luck with them all. 

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 21,751

    Peter Beales Classic Roses gives quite a lot of information. Hybrid Teas are fairly compact, old roses are much more varied.

    Do you know David Austin Roses? Bit pricey, but lovely, and scented. 

    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • a1154a1154 Posts: 1,059

    Hmm yes i have looked them all up, and the floribundas are smaller (the ones i have bought anyway), the HTs are bigger but vary and the old roses are taller but vary, so not much in the way of general rules. Ill put them in accordingly an see what happens!

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