>Raised Bed Rose Gardening – UPDATE


The roses in the raised beds Tyler & I built in the early spring are doing quite well. I wanted to show in the photos below the progression of these roses.

Bare Root “Betty Boop” Floribunda

Pictured here is a photo of one of two “Betty Boop” that arrived at the end of
February along with two “LavaGlut” and two “Scentimental” roses. All are floribundas.
These roses were chosen by my wife. She loves lots of color in the garden.

Notice the excellent root structure of this specimen. I did not plant these immediately upon arrival, so I soaked then in 5 gallon buckets of water to keep them hydrated a few days prior to planting.

Early March, the raised bed was constructed and filled with my own recipe “rose soil mix” and the roses were planted.

Mid May –
As you can see the roses are doing quite well. Lots of blooms and color in the garden.

Taken: 5/24/11

LavaGlut or LavaFlow (they have changed the name)
Taken: 5/16/2011

“Betty Boop”

Taken: 5/2/11
My wife took this photo which won a 2nd place ribbon at the Birmingham Rose Show!
Raised bed rose gardening has allowed me to better control the soil and increase drainage in the rose beds. It seems that we are producing far superior blooms with this method.


About Chris VanCleave - America's Favorite Rose Gardener

Christopher R. VanCleave – America’s Favorite Rose Gardener Nicknamed "The Redneck Rosarian”, Chris VanCleave is passionate about gardening and growing roses. He is an active member of the Birmingham chapter of the American Rose Society, serving two terms as President. In 2007, he created the Rose Chat Podcast which has reached over a half a million listeners with news and information on growing on growing the world’s most beloved flower, the rose. He was a contributor to the 2015 Southern Living Gardening Book, has appeared on P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home television show and was featured in the June 2015 issue of Southern Living Magazine. Locally, Chris serves as Chairman of the Helena Alabama Beautification Board where he has spearheaded efforts to create a sustainable landscape in one of the top one hundred places to live in the United States. His writing is seen at About.com and on his popular website; RedneckRosarian.com, where he chronicles his gardening adventures and explores an intrinsic mix of life, faith and gardening. An agent of change with over 20 years’ experience in process innovation, Mr. VanCleave is leading the charge to reinvigorate horticultural societies and helping them to reach their full potential in the social media age.
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3 Responses to >Raised Bed Rose Gardening – UPDATE

  1. >Wow,they look terrific. I may have to try this.


  2. steph_gem says:

    >Your raised beds are gorgeous. I cant believe the roots on that better boop. wowzers.


  3. HolleyGarden says:

    >I've put some roses in some raised beds this year. I hope they do as well as yours!


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