3 Jun 2012

How to Make the Perfect Rose Bed

Posted by bcsands

When considering creating a new rose bed, you should take the following into careful consideration:

  • Preparation of the perfect rose bed takes time, so if you start in late autumn or early winter, you will be ready to go rose shopping by spring.
  • Walk around your garden at different times of day to gauge the aspect of the proposed bed. Learn about the types of roses you want to grow, and see if the bed you are preparing is just right for them.
  • Decide if you want a raised or level garden bed, and if raised, select the type of retaining wall material you want. e.g. treated pine logs, retaining wall blocks etc.
  • Design the shape of the rose bed and mark it out on the ground with string and pegs.
  • Ensure the area you have selected does not have any drainage issues, as roses don’t like to have wet “feet”.


Building Steps For The Perfect Rose Bed

When you have selected the ideal spot and marked it out, here is how to prepare a garden bed specific to the planting of roses:-

  • Even if you are building a raised bed, you need to kill any weeds or grasses growing in the rose bed area. Do this by digging out the shape you have chosen, and put down weed control chemicals, or by digging weeds out.
  • A layer of sand at the bottom of the planting area will usually help with drainage, but you should be aware that in a clay-based garden bed, sand hinders drainage, so you need to dig deeper and use more sandy loam to allow your roses to flourish.
  • Sprinkle some super-phosphate or blood and bone meal at the bottom of the bed to encourage root growth outwards.
  • Fill the remaining area with loam. (Loam is a PH balanced, well aerated soil which can be purchased from garden centres – or some gardeners make their own)
  • The ideal pH for roses is between 5.5 and 7. To really keep your roses looking their best, it is well worth buying a PH testing kit at your local hardware or garden centre


Allow the bed to settle for a month or so before putting in the roses and top up the loam at planting time. Here are the final steps:-

  • If you have potted roses, dig the holes twice as large as the root balls of the plants.
  • If you have bare rooted roses, place the rose bush over a mound of loam.
  • Distribute a light sprinkling of blood and bone or super phosphate at the bottom of the hole to feed the roses while they settle in.
  • Press the soil firmly around the base, and water the plants in straight away.
  • Another application of fertilizer on top, but not too close to the plant stems is advisable.
  • Finally a good layer of mulch around the plants, but again, not too close to the main stem of the plant.


Whether you select roses for their scent, their shape or simply their beauty, making the perfect rose bed is a satisfying plus in almost any setting.

Related Posts

Leave a Reply



Spam Protection by WP-SpamFree