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Roses are extremely versatile and hardy plants that can be planted in a variety of positions and locations in the garden (for ideas and inspiration click here). When selecting a planting location, we recommend you consider the following points to ensure the rose thrives:

1. Ensure plenty of sunlight

  • Roses thrive on direct sunlight. For best results, a minimum of four hours of direct sunlight is recommended.
  • However, even when planted against a north wall (meaning no direct sunlight) roses can still perform well. To see a list of roses suitable for shaded areas click here.

2. Avoid intense competition from other plants

  • The closer you plant your rose to other plants, the more competition there is for moisture and sunlight.
  • For best results, plant your rose 3 feet (100cm) away from other plants and 2 feet (60cm) from other roses.
  • Avoid planting a rose under an overhanging tree branch.

3. Avoid very exposed, windy sites

  • Strong winds can cause the base of the rose to loosen in the soil. This will result in your rose rocking in the wind which will lead to it growing at an angle, which in extreme cases will kill it.
  • To prevent this, ensure you follow our planting instructions.
  • If you find this problem with a rose you already have, make sure you firm the soil around it. In some cases a stake may be necessary.


All roses appreciate being fed, particularly our repeat-flowering English Roses. If you wish to get the most out of your roses we always recommend feeding.

When to feed

For the best results, we recommend two annual feeds:

  • Late-March/April at the beginning of the growing season.
  • Late July after the first bloom cycle has finished, promoting stronger repeat flowering.