Viewing the David Austin Roses website is a wonderful way to pass time on a cold, windy, snowy Colorado day (or any day). The photos will have you drooling and very inspired!
While many of us don't grow roses in our 'open' (not fenced) landscapes due to deer, we can grow them successfully in protected areas or containers placed on decks or places where the deer won't go. You can put nets over them or add individual fences around them in the open too.
We've had good luck with roses and keeping the deer away by using Liquid Fence (although I don't recommend you apply this stinky stuff to fragrant roses).
David Austin Roses has valuable guides for growing and pruning roses, including how to plant bareroot and in containers:
- Rose Care Advice & Inspiration - including how to plant, Spring pruning, how to plant bareroot in a pot, and more.
- Rose Care Basics guides you through how to water, control pests, and how spending a little extra attention on your roses helps them to really thrive.
Give yourself at least an hour to peruse this fabulous website, and enjoy all the gorgeous roses photos and inspiring advice.
Colorado pruning tip: the month of May is the ideal time to prune back roses. If they're pruned too early in spring, the tender new foliage may be frost nipped — and that sends your rosebush back to square one for the season. In higher elevations, you should wait a few more weeks. Here's what CSU Extension advises. For Black Forest Gardeners, note that our higher elevation means we prune later than the date mentioned by CSU. We must wait until danger of frost has passed. It's hard to wait - but worth it!