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Show #33/7307. A Deep Dive Into Roses

Rose Tips With Ben Hanna

Eric meets Ben with Heirloom Roses. They’re in the beautiful Rose Garden at Gibbs Gardens.

In this video Ben and Eric discuss several tips for roses:

Eric learned something today, something he didn't know about until Jim Gibbs mentioned it - they put gravel around the base of their roses. Voles and moles are an issue they have and apparently gravel keeps them out of the root system on these plants. Eric thought that fascinating.

Eric thinks there are so many different ways that we can use roses in the garden, it's wonderful to think outside of the box of them existing in a perennial border or a hedgerow of roses. Here's a great example of a climbing rose. Ben thinks people really like climbing roses, they want that big wall of color. But what they don't understand is the habit of a climbing rose is a really important consideration. The canes need to be trained at a 45 degree angle, the team at Gibbs has done a good job of tying this up temporarily, but what they're in the process of doing is letting this grow out and then they're going to really train it horizontally across.


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