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The Growbags’ 10 best roses

Roses are such an important element of the summer garden, you really should research thoroughly before making your selection. Luckily, and unlike the pool of potential prime ministers, there are some outstanding candidates to choose from, and we’ve had a go at picking out what we think could be 10 of the very best for you. 1. Rosa ‘Mermaid’. Not for the faint hearted, but with great ambition and sense of purpose. A real beast of a climbing rose with glossy semi evergreen foliage and vicious thorns. But who dares wins as the reward is simply huge saucer shaped creamy yellow...

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Rosa bonica

JULY Rosa bonica Modern shrub rose I’ve known bonica for a long time as I first took notice of it in my mother’s garden many years ago. She grew masses of roses and therefore had that understanding of their ways that can only come from growing them. I remember wondering, when she and my father downsized, how on earth she would choose which roses to grow in their new and much smaller garden. It turned out to be easier than I thought, and bonica was on that list. I not only took note, I took cuttings; one of which is...

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