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.

An average soil will support roses, but the better the soil, the less preparation is needed to make it acceptable. So choose the best patch of soil in the garden provided the location fits your plan.
Good drainage is vital. Low areas where rain water collects and stands for a long time are not suited to roses. In some cases the soil remains soggy and damp because underlying layers of clay or hardpan keep water from draining into the subsoil. It is better to select another spot for the roses rather than undertake the hard work of correct situation with drainage pipes.
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