My garden has become this sprawling affair filled with passion and color and all things green. The love of my life, a.k.a. The Husband, has come to reference our suburban acreage as “the farm” due to the sheer volume of plants housed within the fence line. With this in mind, my goal with the garden is to keep the shrubs and perennials basic and absolutely easy to grow – no delicate flowers or prima donna’s allowed. Essentially, if you are not tough and beautiful, you will be promptly ripped out of the ground and composted. Only the strong survive in my beds, which makes my life filled with significantly less drama.
The Growing Experiment
Several years ago I ripped all the roses out of my garden with glee because of the average rose’s demanding nature – managing prima donna roses was driving me bonkers. Then along came Easy Elegance® Roses which are disease resistant, bloom from the beginning of the season to the end, and are completely no-fuss and ultra easy-to-grow. They have the classic hybrid tea look of my grandmother’s rose shrubs without the hard work because they have superior heat and cold tolerance and you don’t have to use a lot of chemicals to keep them looking fantastic. I want to conduct an experiment and see how they perform for the season in one of the toughest places to grow in my garden that gets the least amount of attention – out by the street behind my property fence.
Easy Care Shrub Roses
The Easy Elegance® brand provided roses and supplies for me to use in the garden – several different varieties of Roses You Can Grow™ – then asked me to share my results with you. I wanted to get started on Mother’s Day week because this is the perfect gift idea for Mom. Buy her easy-care shrub roses that will last, blooming over and over, instead of a bunch of cut flowers which will lose their bloom quickly. These easy-care shrub roses should make an excellent addition to your cutting garden since they bloom all summer.
The Easy Elegance® Roses are great planted in large landscape swaths or alone in the garden as a special feature. I shopped for them for my growing experiment so that I could plant them to share some color and flowers with my community. I think these roses will bring a special touch of floristic love for my neighbors outback. Three roses were planted behind the fence and one rose was planted in my front garden.
Planting and Care
I found the Easy Elegance® Roses in the red pot at the local independent garden center. I also purchased some dry organic rose fertilizer, compost, and mulch. According to the Easy Elegance® instructions, you do not have to add fertilizer to the planting hole, but I felt a little boost might be good. They do best in a minimum of 6 hours of sunlight in well-drained soil. First I found my planting spot, added some compost, and then dug holes that were about one and a half times wider than the containered root ball. Next step, I placed fertilizer in the hole according to package directions, then planted the roses. Place two to three inches of mulch around the base of the plant, being sure not to “volcano” the mulch.
If you would like to get more growing instructions, go to this link — http://www.easyeleganceroses.com/design-and-grow/planting-and-care.
Super Cool Text Program
Easy Elegance® Roses also has this nifty “text program” to help make growing the roses even easier. To opt into the program, just text EASYELEGANCE to 73095 on your cell phone for timely care tips for your region.
Follow along this season on the blog and I will give you updates on the Easy Elegance® Roses and how they perform in my garden. I am excited to see if they pass my “no prima donna allowed” plant test and cannot wait to show you my results. Happy rose gardening my friends!
If you would like to win an Easy Elegance® gardening tool kit that includes: a knee pad, pruning shears, soft grip hose nozzles, quick hose connects, and water splitter/controller, and one (1) pair of Easy Elegance branded gloves, LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW TELLING ME YOUR FAVORITE GARDEN STORY ABOUT ROSES. I will randomly select a winner on Mother’s Day morning!
AND THE WINNER IS LAURIE OBERT. CONGRATULATIONS LAURIE!!!!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Easy Elegance Roses. The opinions and text are all mine.