Many people find great delight in growing miniature roses. This is because they make excellent additions to any garden. They are versatile and can be grown as bushes, as hybrids with climbing varieties, as edges and hedges, and even in containers.
Additionally, they are fairly easy to grow and can grow in a variety of climates. If you are starting out as a rose gardener, trying with miniature roses can lead to success and help you build confidence in your abilities to grow rose varieties.
One of the greatest advantages that miniature roses have is their hardiness. They are remarkably resilient to a variety of weather and growing conditions. Special winter protection is not needed for miniature rose plants grown in hardiness zones six through ten. Just plant them and they will likely survive the winter.
If you live in more northern zones, like five and four, it is also possible to have miniature roses that survive the winter. A good mulch, properly applied, is usually enough to do the trick. This means that you are likely to be able to grow miniature roses just about anywhere.
Another thing that makes miniature roses so desirable in nearly any garden is the fact that they are so versatile and look good in a variety of garden settings and filling multiple garden roles. They look great as edging, making hedges or creating an attractive border.
They can look good in an English style garden, allowed to run amok and grow all over, or even in an ornamental Japanese style garden, pruned to fit in with the carefully balanced design. Additionally, they make great accent plants in rock gardens, and look equally attractive standing near an entranceway in a container like a garden urn.
Micro minis, which grow to a diameter of about half an inch and can be pruned to be near the ground at five inches tall (although they can grow in height to four feet high), can even serve as ground cover.
And because roses bloom in constant cycles from spring to the end of fall, your miniature rose plants will look throughout the entire plant growing season. They are also attractive because miniature roses come in many varieties. Although not quite as many specific varieties as regular sized roses come in.
The colors of miniature roses, however, run the same spectrum as full sized roses. They are usually no more than 2 inches across, however. But miniature roses grow closer together, often on bushes, creating a riot of color within tightly spaced leaves.
Just like other roses, most miniature roses need a great deal of sunlight and water. While there are some shade tolerant varieties of miniature roses, most of them, like regular sized roses, need five to six hours of sunlight per day. You can determine whether or not your miniature roses are receiving enough sunlight by looking at the leaves. Miniatures that do not get enough light have wide spaces of stem between the leaves. While this is common in regular sized roses, in miniature roses it is common for the leaves to be close together.
The main drawback to miniature roses, however, is the fact that they give off little or no fragrance. They may beautiful to look at, but they do not smell nice as other roses do. If, however, you have plenty of other scents in your garden, you will not miss the scent of miniature roses.
Besides, some plants have such overpowering smells that they can be a nuisance. Planting miniature roses among other plants will ensure that you have an attractive garden without an overpowering variety of aromas.
Miniature roses in your garden can be an excellent addition. They are easy to grow, easy to care for, and are extremely hardy in a variety of growing and climate conditions. Additionally, it is possible to purchase varieties that are resilient to diseases and insect pests. This makes them even hardier.
And, no matter what kind of garden you have, it is possible to find a way to incorporate roses into its design if you use miniature roses. They are among the more versatile of plants, and they are a delight to grow, blooming in cycles so that you nearly always have beautiful flowers.