Rose planning

As the weather cools and the days shorten, rose planting season is fast approaching, so it’s time to start planning which gorgeous roses you might like to add to your collection during winter.

Olivia Rose Austin (Ausmixture) is a beautiful new shrub rose in the David Austin English rose range. Named after the granddaughter of the late David Austin Senior, it produces flushes of mid pink cupped rosette shaped blooms from early in the season and into autumn. The flowers have a delightful light fruity fragrance. Olivia Rose Austin grows to around 1.2 m tall and 1 m wide and has excellent disease resistance.

Olivia Rose Austin roses will be available during winter as bare rooted plants. When planting a bare rooted rose, choose a spot in the garden that receives at least 6 hours of sunshine a day and has good air flow. Dig a hole around 30 cm wide and deep. Mix some Yates® Dynamic Lifter® Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser into the soil dug from the hole.

Create a pyramid shaped mound of soil in the bottom of the planting hole. Place the rose in the hole with its roots sitting on and around the mound of soil. Ensure that the graft union (bump on the stem) will be sitting at least 5 cm above the final ground level.

Backfill around the roots gently with Yates® Dynamic Lifter® Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser enriched soil and then water in well. Apply a layer of organic mulch, like bark chips or sugar cane mulch, around the new rose, keeping the mulch a few centimetres away from the stem. Keep the soil moist while the new rose establishes.

Choose a pot at least 30 cm in diameter and fill with a good quality potting mix like Yates Premium Potting Mix.

Olivia Rose Austin information and images courtesy of Leigh Siebler


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