Roses certainly love Adelaide and Adelaide is equally in love with this queen of flowers. Visitors to our award winning Adelaide Botanic Gardens are always treated to one of the best displays of rose blooms from spring to late autumn!

The International Rose Garden, located on the east side of the Botanic Gardens, contains around 3000 roses. Rose Curator, Andy Hart, and his small team keep the garden looking its brilliant best – dead heading over summer, regular fertilizing, and good deep soaks are all part of the maintenance program.

When it comes to choosing roses for your garden, there are so many different varieties on offer. To make life a little easier for you, here are a few of my favourites:

– If you’re looking for blooming sensations, Seduction with its cream and pastel pink edged flowers is a beauty as is Simply Magic’s strawberry pink trusses that smother the bush. Both great in large beds or in a pot.
– If fragrance is your thing, then the bright and beautiful Fiona’s Wish has a heavenly scent as does the rich red and deeply perfumed Sir Donald Bradman rose.
– With shrinking gardens, climbing roses are having a renaissance, and one of the very best to grow is Pierre de Ronsard, even the name alone sounds romantic.

For award winning pedigree, here are some roses that have won Gold at the Australian national rose trials:

– Fire & Ice, and while it looks like Double Delight, a rose you may be familiar with, the garden performance on this is brilliant. A great option for those wanting a two tone.
– Next is Knock Out! This is practically indestructible, bred for high disease resistance and ever blooming, honestly it never knows when to stop flowering. You’ll be trimming off blooms at pruning time.
– The same goes for another member of the Knock Out family. Double Knock Out has all the same characteristics as Knock Out only with more petals in the bloom


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In the Garden is an exciting new local South Australian TV program on Channel 9 this Summer & next Autumn showcasing the best ‘green’ stories this state has to tell. Check out the latest in garden trends, new plants and top tips to keep those gardens blooming.