Climbing Roses are quintessentially English. They are often found in gardens across the UK and are a popular plant for cottage-style gardens as they add height to your garden. However, climbing roses can sometimes be difficult than some plants to grow, confusing many of us who are new to gardening.
That’s why we’ve gathered our expert knowledge to help those at any level achieve the cottage-style aesthetic they’ve always dreamed of. From planting to caring for your roses, we’re going to talk you through the entire process in this handy guide.
How to Plant Climbing Roses
Firstly, you need to decide what kind of roses you’d like to grow. Climbing roses are available in many popular rose variants, including English, single, double, scented, etc. You want to make sure you pick the perfect rose for you as they can last for decades.
Our climbing plants are sent in bare root form in mid-autumn. To plant your roses, dig a hole twice the depth and width of the root ball. Gently tease out some of the roots and place them in the hole; cover with soil and water once finished.
To train climbers up trellises and walls, put supports in place and prune out stems that start to grow in the wrong direction. Eventually, the rose plant will grow in one direction, needing pruning every so often.
Where to Plant Climbers
Climbers can be trained to grow on walls, fences, pergolas, and trellises. When thinking of how and where to plant your roses, make sure you pick the area that catches a lot of sunshine and is planted in well-drained soil.
Ensure that you have chosen the ideal place for your roses, as they can become quite unruly. This suits the cottage-style aesthetic perfectly but can become hard to manage if you don’t keep your eye on it throughout the seasons.
When to Plant Your Roses
Bare-root roses should be planted in late autumn and early winter before growth resumes in the spring. Avoid planting them when it’s icy in the deep winter months, as this will affect the plant and will stop it from growing in the springtime.
Caring for Your Rose Plants
Once your climbing roses have been planted, the most care they need is to be trained up their supports. Pruning and caring for your roses usually comes a year or two after planting, once they’ve grown to a certain point.
Climbing plants tend to grow horizontally, as it is their natural response to do so. They can grow upwards with the use of supports and gentle encouragement.
Eventually, the stems should develop shoots that grow vertically, which will carry the flower heads of the plant. Once this happens, you can prune back the horizontal stems, encouraging the flower to grow upwards in future seasons.
Climbers are magical plants. They can be used to quickly transform a bare fence or wall in to a stunning, foliage or floral display. When buying young plants, they need careful training to ensure they grow in to happy and healthy established plants. If you’re looking to grow amazing Ivy or maybe a colourful Clematis, keep reading to discover how to properly train climbers and grow the garden of your dreams.
Start with Supports
Plant supports in the desired area prior to planting. Always fix your supports approx 5cm away from the desired surface (wall or fence).
Vertical wires: Space them 30-45cm apart with the lowest wire 30cm above soil level.
Wooden trellis: place the bottom 30cm above soil level to prevent plant rot.
To grow a climber or shrub to a wall/fence, horizontal wires are the best way to go. Keep read below to find out how to train you climber against a wall or fence.
How to Train Climbers:
Plant the climber around 30-45cm from the base of the wall/fence. This will allow enough room for room development.
Remove all ties provided upon delivery from the supplier. Use scissors to cut off any ties that hold the climber to its bamboo support cane.
Start your support
Select three bamboo canes to train the climber at an angle up to the wire supports on the wall. Place the bamboo canes under the wires to hold them in place, adjusting the positioning to create a fan shape.
Fix the supports
Tie in the main shoot vertically to the wires, then fan out the side branches and tie in too.
Give your plant some TLC
Once the plant is secured to the training structure, give your climber an initial prune and remove any weak growth with secateurs.
As we prepare for the autumn months, we try to think ahead and plan out what we need to do in the garden before the weather becomes too wet and miserable. This includes thinking about how we want our gardens to look come spring.
Luckily, we’ve just dropped brand new tulip products to help you plan your spring garden as efficiently as possible! We’ve added new tulips to all our categories, allowing you an easy pick depending on your garden’s theme.
Darwin Hybrid Tulips
Originating in the Netherlands, the Darwin Hybrid Tulip is a great pick if you’re looking for bright colours and sturdy foliage.
Easy to grow and extremely versatile, flower bulbsare a blessing for gardeners. With autumn-planting season just around the corner, discover what bulbs to plant in September and grow your very own spring garden paradise.
September is the perfect month for popping your Daffodil bulbs in the ground. These cheery, versatile flowers are easy to grow, bloom from March onwards and look great in pots, borders or naturalising in the grass. Perfect for any amateur and experienced gardener.
Plant a carpet of jewel-like flowers for spring with Crocus bulbs. Easy to grow and perfect for naturalising under trees, shrubs and in lawns, fill your garden with these popular spring flowers. These delightful early spring flowers bloom from February into March.
Compact plants that truly pack a punch. Easy to grow and bursting with vibrant colour, Muscari is the perfect plant for any garden. Flowering from March into April, plant them alone in pots and borders for a clustered look or pair them alongside Tulipsand Daffodilsto add a pop of colour to your spring displays.
With rich colours and a heavenly fragrance, September is the perfect time to plant Hyacinths for March/April flowers. Plant them where you can enjoy their gorgeous scent: around walkways, in borders or on a patio.
Our team has been working hard behind the scenes here at J Parker’s, finding us new products to add to our 2021 catalogue. With that being said, we would like to introduce our brand-new pansy flowers that have been recently added to our website.
Pansies are the perfect winter and spring bedding flower, highly respected for their hardiness throughout the colder months. With their signature pops of colour, they will perform great in your beds, borders, containers and hanging baskets! Take a sneaky peek at our new additions.
Winter Flowering Pansy Collection
Including 33 bulbs of each flower: Ocean Breeze mix, Autumn Blaze mix, Raspberry Sundae mix, and orange and lemons mix.
Fragrant, wildlife-friendly and easy to grow, Muscari is the perfect spring flower for gardens of all sizes. Commonly known as Grape Hyacinths, these spring-flowering bulbs can be used to cover a lawn in pretty blooms, fill containers and borders with vibrant colour and add colour to any tricky, shaded spot. These highly versatile plants know no bounds, so keep reading to discover how to plant Muscari bulbs this autumn.
When do you plant Muscari?
Our Muscari is supplied as top-quality bulbs. Plant Muscari bulbs in the autumn for spring flowers. You can plant them right up until the ground starts to freeze over. Once planted, they are great for naturalising for years of joy.
How do you plant Muscari?
Plant your bulbs around 10cm deep and space them approximately 8cm apart. The dimensions of the pot do not really matter as long as they are spaced correctly.
Plant in groups of 10 or more in the ground, and at a depth of twice the height of the bulb. They look great planted amongst other perennial plants. Tip
In the ground:
Plant in groups of 10 or more in the ground, and at a depth of twice the height of the bulb. They look great planted amongst other perennial plants. Tip
Learning to grow daffodils indoors is a popular practice, perfect for indoor Christmas displays or to be given as gifts. Our indoor flowering bulbs have already gone through the forcing process that allows them to flower earlier in the season, meaning planting them is somewhat different to DIY forced bulbs.
Buy any of our indoor narcissi bulbs to ensure the plant grows correctly, as using any old bulb would not do the trick. Indoor flowering bulbs have been treated specifically to recreate the cold conditions they would experience when planted in autumn. To grow these spectacular blooms in time to be the perfect Christmas centrepiece, follow our cultivation steps.
Step 1 – Picking Your Bulbs
There are various breeds of indoor daffodil and narcissus. For example, the Narcissus ‘Paper White’ is a popular bulb, due to its attractive peony-shaped flower heads and its sweet scent. They are perfect for Christmas displays, due to it taking just 6-8 weeks to flower. However, with other indoor daffodils, this time will increase to 16-18 weeks.
Our Favourite Indoor Daffodils:
Step 2 – How to Plant
To grow daffodils indoors, plant in a pot with several bulbs in each pot. For smaller pots, go with 2-3 bulbs and for bigger pots, aim for 3-5. Indoor flowers tend to make a more attractive display when planted en masse. Aim to plant your bulbs in September to see them flower in time for Christmas.
When planting, place the bulbs in good multi-purpose compost or bulb fibre, with their tips just below the surface. Water well once planted and leave somewhere that is warm and receives a lot of sun. Indoor daffodils can grow to impressive heights, so be aware that you may need to provide support if this happens.
Step 3 – Aftercare
Avoid placing your newly planted daffodils near anything that creates a lot of heat, like radiators or fireplaces. This can make them dry out quicker, risking the chance of them dying. Keep near a window to allow them lots of natural light when the weather allows.
If the leaves of the plant appear faster than the flower buds, move your pots to a cooler place in your house until the flower heads appear. Top up with water regularly, but only when the soil in the pot feels dry to touch.
Step 4 – What To Do When Your Daffodil Dies
After the flower has bloomed, look for a dry and frost-free place so the bulb has a chance to die down. Once they have returned to their bulbous state, replant outside in a sheltered and sunny spot to see them flower the next year.
Now You Know How to Grow Daffodils Indoors, Check Out Our Entire Range!
Loved for their decadent, aromatic fragrance, Lavender is one of the most versatile and beautiful summer-flowering plants. These fast-growing perennials require little upkeep and are very easy to grow. However, they do benefit from an annual prune as this will help maximise flowering and keep your plants looking nice and healthy.
Keep reading our gardening guide to discover exactly when and how to prune lavender.
When should I prune Lavender?
Late summer through to early autumn is the perfect time to trim your lavender plants. When the last flush of flowers has faded, that’s the signal to get out the secateurs and do some pruning.
How do I prune lavender?
Using secateurs or scissors, simply prune the plantstems down to about an inch above the wood. This cut will help with air circulation. Also, trim away any dead or damaged stems for a tidier look.
Here are even more reasons why pruning lavender is important…
When left to their own devices, lavender can become woody and less productive over time.
If you want your lavender to flower along with other plants, prune their stems to delay their flowering time.
Expand their flowering time throughout the whole season.
Sadly, we aren’t all blessed with large sprawling grassy
gardens with more space than we know what to do with. With a small garden, you
have to be more creative with your space (which isn’t always a bad thing!).
However, having an undersized outdoor space can put a dampener on the outlook of our home. But do not fret as there are plenty of ways to create the illusion of space and create the outdoor Eden that you have always wanted. So, if you are searching for the best ways to make any garden look bigger, then you have come to the right place!
Fill Some Containers
If you’re seriously lacking in grass and do not have any room for flower beds, then consider starting a low-maintenance flower display. What we mean is creating a makeshift flower arrangement by planting flowers in containers and window boxes.
You could even arrange them depending on how much sun each flower will need. For example, if you planted anemones in a container, you could place them somewhere in your garden that does not tend to be in the sun throughout the day. The same could be said for flowers that need lots of sunlight to thrive!
Have a Cohesive Theme
If you have a mixed and match approach to your garden, it can sometimes make the space feel cluttered. This then makes the garden feel smaller which is the opposite of our goal.
For more petite gardens, it is a great idea to coordinate your flowers by colour scheme. For example, light coloured flowers (white, pale pink etc) have a brightening affect, making your space feel tidier and bigger in the same breath.
Limit Your Garden Furniture
Going all out with your garden furniture is making your garden feel smaller. If you have tables, chairs, benches, and sofas, you are limiting your manoeuvre space. It makes it harder to move in your garden and will ultimately make the space feel smaller. Stick with the essentials to make your garden feel homey and won’t hog all the space.
Just like in your home, mirrors are a great way of making
any space feel double the size. Full-sized mirrors strategically placed on one
wall in your garden will make it feel more open and adds an effortless, eye-catching
piece of décor.
Make sure you use acrylic mirrors instead of glass, just so
accidents don’t happen when the mirror is exposed to the sun. Hide the mirror’s
edges to make the overall look feel flawless.
Create Different Levels
Another way to create the illusion of space is to have different levels in your garden. For example, having the option to walk down into an area or up some stairs onto a patio can make the entire space feel sectioned off, and bigger overall.
You could add stairs leading down to your flower beds and grass area or utilise decking to separate the two sections.
Not Sure What to Plant in Your Small Garden? Here’s Our Top Picks.
Planting in north facing garden can be a real struggle. Since these gardens usually in shade for most of the day, it’s important to learn about which plants will be able to thrive in a north facing garden.
Keep reading to discover our selection of plants that will prosper in any environment with little sunshine.
Is my garden north facing?
To find out if you have a north facing garden, you need to find out the aspect of your garden – the direction that it faces. You can find this out one of two ways:
Go to your front door and open the compass app on your phone. With your phone facing forward, read the direction that the compass is measuring. If the reading is between 270° and 90°, your house is north–facing.
Simply by standing in the garden and looking where the sun is.
Hostas are versatile and well-loved foliage plants. This family of plants thrive in shade, so they are perfect for gardens that don’t receive much sunlight. Ideal plants for pots or borders.
Woodland plants are perfect for north facing gardens. Since woodland native plants are adapted to surviving in dark, damp areas, plants such as beautifulSnowdrops are a perfect shade-loving plant for spring.
The fast growing and reliable nature of Ivy, make them the perfect climbing plants for any north facing walls or fences. Available in a range of green, red and yellow tones, they are the perfect leafy climbers to brighten up dark spaces.
One of the best things about these ultra-reliable shrubs is that they’re so easy to grow. Perfect for creating hedging or for growing in pots for a modern look. Euonymus tolerate most soils and almost any amount of sun.