A Little Caring and Feeding
Even roses dubbed "easy care" need some tending to. All roses grow best with 6 to 8 hours of full sun. Less than that and you'll have fewer flowers, leggier plants, and more disease. While some roses are listed as shade-tolerant, few will be worth growing with less than 4 hours of direct sun. Varieties that perform best with less sun are usually those with fewer petals, such as the 'Iceberg' floribunda and the 'Carefree Wonder' shrub rose.

Roses also need one to two deep waterings a week during warm, dry weather. Drip irrigation is ideal because it keeps the foliage dry, discouraging disease. To keep them blooming, most varieties should be fed every four to six weeks with a high-nitrogen fertilizer. Since most landscape roses are hardy, they don't require winter protection. In the coldest areas, choose hardy varieties grown on their own roots (not budded to another rootstock). These roses also don't need intricate pruning. Simply cutting back plants by half to two-thirds in late winter and thinning crowded canes will keep them compact and under control. Then you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the colorful summer show.
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