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HELLO ENGLISH ROSE GARDENING BY JANET HEATH


JUNE is a wonderful month for roses which are superb for both their colour and scent. If you want flowers for cutting then the hybrid tea roses with long stems are best.


If you want a shrub rose that looks good in a border then I recommend the English Roses from David Austin. These roses are bred especially for their scent and the difference in fragrance is quite surprising. These roses have multiple blooms on stems and usually


repeat flowering. Resistance to disease is also a priority with English Roses and I look for good glossy leaves too.


Underplant roses with low growing perennial geraniums such as Geranium Wargrave Pink which will flower twice in a year if you cut off the flowering stems after the first flush of flowers.


Other scent comes from Dianthus known as Carnations or Pinks and some of these can have a strong heady fragrance so put them somewhere you can smell them! They like an alkaline, well drained soil and do well in pots in the sun. Another beautiful smell comes from the Philadelphus shrub especially the varieties Belle Etoile


or Philadelphus coronaries. One shrub will give fragrance to an enclosed space so plant next to a seating area.


Maintenance tasks to do include cutting back brooms or Cytisus, aubretia and spring flowering heathers after flowering. In the vegetable garden plant more fast growing crops like spinach and salad leaves choosing types that are resistant to bolting. Hot dry weather causes plants to bolt such as Chinese leaves and beetroot. Make sure your strawberries are mulched with straw and netted to protect from birds.


If you would like to visit gardens for ideas, I suggest you look out for gardens open under the National Gardens Scheme where all proceeds go to charities including Marie Cure Cancer Care and Macmillan Cancer Support. On Sunday 22nd June visit Bowmere Cottage in Tarporley to see an English country garden with scented roses, herbaceous borders and two courtyard gardens. Also open is 150 Barrell Well Hill in Chester, a garden on a slope overlooking the Dee with free draining soil and a stream running


down. There are terraces containing a wide variety of


shrubs, unusual flowers and a bog garden. Janet Heath, Garden Mentor Tel 01244 318258 www.gardenmentor.co.uk


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