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“American Beauty,” “Dublin Bay,” “Rocketeer,” “Betty Boop,” “High Noon,” “Pearly Gates”…with a distinctive name for each of hundreds of varieties, the array of roses that could adorn your garden is both dazzling and daunting. So which ones survive hardily on their own for weeks on end, and which ones wither and die without constant attention? How do you tell a climber from a shrub, and how does each thrive? And don’t even start with pruning!
Despite all the (ahem) thorny particulars, gardeners still love to grow these beautiful flowers that would by any other name still smell as sweet. Roses for Dummiesdoes away with the myth that roses have to be high maintenance, instead showing how to choose a type that will blossom in your care. Inside, rosarians of all levels will find useful information on:
- Shopping for roses
- Watering and mulching
- Protecting roses from weather and pests
- And more
Roses for Dummiescontains everything you need to know to get started, or, if you’re more advanced, refine your knowledge of roses. Now in a new Second Editionwith more than 100 new varieties described, as well as new information on insect and disease control, this helpful guide also covers:
- Landscaping with roses
- What makes a rose fragrant
- Roses and their partners in the garden
- Growing in containers
- Drying roses and making potpourri
- Rose societies and other places to see roses
- Ten roses to avoid if you’re not an expert
Whether looking for nothing more than a sweet-smelling decoration to brighten your doorstep, or looking to enter a major rose competition, discoveries about this much-loved flower await you. Full of pointers, resources, pitfalls, vocabulary, and an eye-popping full color insert, this book will help you grow the roses of your dreams.
"Rose growers will find advice that is abundant and extremely helpful." —Bill Marken, eHow.com
"Easy solutions ... answers to all my puzzling questions." —Jan Weverka, The Rose Garden Newsletter
Praise for Roses For Dummies
"One of my favorite books on roses." Joan Franson, American Rose
"Thorough, easy-to-read ...well-researched and well-organized." Portland Oregonian
"Packed with modern techniques for cultivating roses in almost any space and climate." Country Decorating Ideas
"Even experienced gardeners will find this book a handy reference." Orange County Register
With new color photos and coverage of 75 additional roses
A rose book by any other name wouldn't spell things out as sweet! Now updated with coverage of more roses including the new English roses plus new illustrations, new zone maps, and more, this bestselling guide shows you step-by-step how to create the rose garden of your dreams.
Discover how to:
- Understand the different kinds of roses
- Integrate roses into your garden
- Choose plants by color, fragrance, and hardiness
- Water, mulch, fertilize, and prune
- Protect against pests and bad weather
- Locate rose resources and shows
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"Beginners as well as advanced rose growers will find advice that's abundant and extremely helpful." Bill Marken, West Coast Editor of Garden Escapes and Former Editor-In-Chief of Sunset Magazine "Roses For Dummies is written as a friend, answering all my puzzling questions and providing easy solutions that are budget friendly." Jan Weverka, Editor of The Rose Garden Newsletter
Features 32 Full-Color Pages of Roses Plus a Free Six-Month Subscription to National Gardening Magazine
Do you dream of growing beautiful, fragrant roses in your yard, on your porch, or in a flower box? With Roses For Dummies® at your fingertips, you can turn your dreams into reality with tips, techniques, and suggestions for growing roses in any space or climate. Filled with handy illustrations and colorful pages of roses, this fun and friendly reference takes you on a visual journey through the vibrant world of roses.
Inside, you'll discover how to:
- Identify varieties of roses and choose the right ones for your climate
- Create your own rose garden with helpful illustrations and 32 full-color pages of rose types
- Locate the most fragrant varieties of roses, the best bloomers, and the hardiest climbers
- Maintain your rose garden with techniques for watering, mulching, fertilizing, and pruning
- Protect your roses from pests, diseases, and the harsh winds of winter
- Find helpful resources online and through direct mail
- Become a member of rose growing societies and visit rose shows and public gardens in your community
About the Author
About the Authors Lance Walheim, former staff garden writer for Sunset magazine, is the nationally recognized author of over 30 widely read garden books, including The Natural Rose Gardener and IDG Books Worldwide's Lawn Care For Dummies®. The National Gardening Association (NGA) is recognized for its bimonthly National Gardening magazine and prolific work in science education for children. NGA is also the coauthor of Gardening for Dummies®, Lawn Care For Dummies®, Perennials For Dummies®, Annuals For Dummies®, and Container Gardening For Dummies®.
Table of Contents
PART I: Roses 101.
Chapter 1: Everything You Need to Know about Roses.
Chapter 2: It's All about Flowers.
Chapter 3: Rose Fragrance.
Chapter 4: The Climates of the Rose.
PART II: Using Roses in Your Garden.
Chapter 5: Landscaping with Roses.
Chapter 6: Roses and Their Partners in the Garden.
Chapter 7: Growing Roses in Containers.
PART III: All the Roses You Need to Know.
Chapter 8: Hybrid Teas.
Chapter 9: Grandifloras.
Chapter 10: Polyanthas and Floribundas.
Chapter 11: Miniature Roses.
Chapter 12: Climbing Roses.
Chapter 13: Shrub Roses.
Chapter 14: Species and Old Garden Roses.
PART IV: Growing Healthy Roses.
Chapter 15: Shopping for Roses.
Chapter 16: Planting Roses.
Chapter 17: Watering and Mulching Roses.
Chapter 18: Fertilizing Roses.
Chapter 19: Pruning Roses.
Chapter 20: Protecting Roses Where Winters Are Cold.
Chapter 21: Outsmarting Rose Pests and Diseases.
Chapter 22: Making More Roses.
Chapter 23: Drying Roses and Making Potpourri.
PART V: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 24: The Ten Most Frequently Asked Questions about Roses.
Chapter 25: Ten Roses Never to Plant
Unless You Know What You're Doing.
Chapter 26: Ten Tips for Cutting Roses.
Chapter 27: Ten Roses and Rose Gardens That Made History.
PART VI: Appendixes.
Appendix A: Rose Societies.
Appendix B: Where to See Roses.
Appendix C: Where to Find Roses and Rose-Growing Equipment.