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Most roses will grow and flower with relatively little attention. They will, however, give much better results, increasing in both size and beauty if looked after properly. This extra care is well within the scope of the average gardener, even if he is growing roses for the first time.
In selecting the site for roses, remember that the roots of most trees extend as far as the outermost tips of the branches. Roots of trimmed hedges grow well beyond their width. Shrubs fill the soil with a mass of fibrous roots. Roses set too close to any of these woody plants cannot thrive. Make allowance in the beginning for the ultimate size of nearby ornamentals.
Most roses attain normal growth when they get full sun for at least half the day and morning sun is preferred to afternoon sun. This is particularly so in climates where sunlight is intense and temperatures are high. The colours of many roses burn, bleach or become unattractive under intense sunlight.