Partial Shade: White Rose Gardening

Most of the time when gardening rose bushes, it is recommended that the roses be planted in areas that are in the sun for the majority of the day. White rose gardening is a little different, since most varieties of white rose bushes tend to do better when there is partial shade in the afternoons. It is interesting that this type of rose does better in the shade since that is also where they seem to ‘shine’ most brilliantly. If a white rose is seen in the sunlight, it tends to look washed out, whereas when seen inside or in a dimmer light, it has a brilliant white or cream appearance that is gorgeous.

Tips to Know

There are several tips that can help when doing white rose gardening. The first of which was mentioned above. White rose gardening usually requires that the roses get full sunlight in the morning hours and then have partial shade during the afternoon, when the sun reaches its hottest point. These roses need to be in moderate conditions, rather than the higher heat required by more traditional rose varieties.

Another tip for white rose gardening is to space the roses so that they have room for the air to circulate between them. This gives the roses plenty of room to grow, and also allows other, complementary plants, such as some herbs, to grow between them. These complementary plants can help to keep unwanted pests away, but can also attract certain beetles and other insects that are beneficial to the soil for the white rose garden.

For individuals who would like to try organic white rose gardening should start with a compost pile. The pile can easily be started with grass clippings, pruning branches, leaves, old fruits and vegetables, and wood shavings. Paper can also work in the compost pile. As these matters begin to decay, they create a rich, dark soil that is slightly warm to the touch and is rich in nutrients that white roses love. Place the compost around the rose bushes so that the nutrients sink in to the roots. Compost is also good to use when preparing the white rose garden, since it makes the soil a perfect bed for the rose bushes.

When watering the white rose garden, always water the rose bushes at the roots rather than on the leaves and branches. Rose bushes need to be able to absorb as much water as possible and the best way to do that is to water the roots. In addition to watering, careful pruning also helps to urge the plants to bloom more often, as well as removing dead branches and leaves, creating a beautiful white landscape for all to enjoy.