If you’re after a tough and low maintenance flower to cover a sunny bare spot in the garden, then a rose from the award winning Flower Carpet® series from Anthony Tesselaar (www.tesselaar.com) is a fantastic choice.
Tangles, pictured above, is a low growing floribunda rose that grows to around 80 cm tall and 60 cm wide and is covered in clusters of lilac blooms late into the season.
Tangles will be available during winter as bare rooted plants.
When planting a bare rooted rose, choose a spot in the garden that receives at least 6 hours of sunshine a day and has good air flow. Dig a hole around 30 cm wide and deep. Mix some Yates® Dynamic Lifter® Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser into the soil dug from the hole.
Create a pyramid shaped mound of soil in the bottom of the planting hole. Place the rose in the hole with its roots sitting on and around the mound of soil. Ensure that the graft union (bump on the stem) will be sitting at least 5 cm above the final ground level. Backfill around the roots gently with Yates® Dynamic Lifter® Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser enriched soil and then water in well. Apply a layer of organic mulch, like bark chips or sugar cane, around the new rose, keeping the mulch a few centimetres away from the stem. Keep the soil moist while the new rose establishes.
Tangles information courtesy of Treloar Roses. Tangles rose image (C) Gary Matuschka, used under license.