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What's the difference between shrub roses and bush roses? celticjanis, Ballyvaughan, Co Clare Posted: 08/01/2018

Rose bushes or bedding roses are highly bred varieties, including large-flowered and cluster-flowered kinds, and grafted onto a wild rose rootstock. They are pruned hard to keep them flowering at a relatively low height.

Shrubs roses are generally bigger, often original species, such as Rosa rugosa or still fairly close, such as Rosa xanthina 'Canary Bird'. Some are grown from seed, cuttings and some grafting. Shrub roses are generally larger, grown singly, looser is habit and more natural in appearance, not pruned as hard or at all if not needed.

  Rose in winter

Rose in winter

I got this rose bush as a present at the beginning of the Summer, so I don't know what variety it is. It has been easy to look after so far (I have no experience) and has bloomed twice. I'm wondering what the best thing to do for it is now that the weather is getting colder. NiamhR, Dublin, Co Dublin Posted: 22/09/2016

Roses are not happy longterm in a pot, as they are deep-rooting plants and tend to  dry out quickly when the roots fill the pot. But it will be okay fora few years, as long as you water and feed it with something like Miraclegrow.

It is hardy and will get through winter outdoors, although the leaves will fall off. Next year it will grow bigger and you may get some indicatiion from that as to which type of rose it is. 

See  http://www.garden.ie/howtogrow.aspx?id=338


Climbing Roses

Would you please give me the names of two repeat flowering climbing roses? Pearl, Cork, Co Cork Posted: 10/01/2012


'Dreaming Spires' and 'Teasing Georgia' are good yellow varieties and two good red climbers are 'Dublin Bay' and 'Sympathie'.



We live in a very open area and i'm wondering if its possible to grow roses and what types. teresa 75, naas, Co Kildare Posted: 30/03/2011


Roses like lots of light and sunshine, but they like some shelter too as it warms the air.  Too much shelter can lead to more blackspot disease.

Most kins are very wind-resistant, but the best would be Rosa rugosa and shrub roses such as 'Nevada' and 'Fruhlingsold' These and others can be grown as individual shrubs, rather than a whole bed of roses, which was the traditional approach.


standard rose tree

I bought some standard roses and my question is will i get any growth from the stems? ardbeg, dublin, Co Dublin Posted: 04/11/2010


Standard roses are grafted onto a rootstock stem at about 1,2 metres, you can see the knobbly union of the top and rootstcok, the idea being to have the flowering head raised off the ground to where is can be seen.

Ideally, you don't want any growth from the stems and if you allow it to develop, it will be growth growth the rootstock not the flowering head of the plant.


Roses suppliers and how to get one named

I would appreciate your advise on rose suppliers in Lenister area - who supply lots of different roses. We would also like to get one named after some one. Do you know of any companies who do this? maryf, drogheda, Co Louth Posted: 22/09/2010


Dickson's Nursery in Newtownards, Co. Down offers the opportunity to name a rose. Most nurseries are wholesale.


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