Springtime in Alabama – Prime Rose Planting Weather

I am composing this post from my screened porch. Cup of coffee at hand, I am enjoying the sights and sounds of an early morning spring day in Alabama. With the beginning of spring comes an opportunity to plant new roses in my garden.

As many of you know, I am just about out of room for additional roses, but I did find a spot next to my driveway at the back of our house for a bed. Our neighbor had a very large tree that was removed last fall and this area now gets plenty of sun and is fit for roses. I had previously planted climbers in this space, and they bloom but not with vigor due to lack of sun. I incorporated them into the new bed and now hope to see them thrive.

I used castle rock to construct this bed and have filled it with my soil mix that consists of equal parts of rich top soil, composted cow manure and mini pine bark nuggets. This makes a  very rich soil composition for growing roses.

Fresh Soil

Fresh Soil

New Rose Bed Filled With Rose Soil Mix

New Rose Bed Filled With My Own Rose Soil Mix

Planted in this bed are:

3 – Social Climber – Climbing Roses – Already established
2- Francis Meilland – Hybrid Tea Roses – 2013 AARS Winner
2 – Coretta Scott King – Grandiflora Roses
4 – St. Patrick – Hybrid Tea Roses
1- Daybreaker – Floribunda Rose

Freshly Planted Bed of Roses

Freshly Planted Bed of Roses

We wait now with great anticipation for this new bed of roses to bloom! Stay Tuned!


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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11 Responses to Springtime in Alabama – Prime Rose Planting Weather

  1. Emily K. Volavka says:

    Great looking bed! Can’t wait for you to share this when the roses are blooming!


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  4. Elena says:

    Fantastic looking bed of roses! A+ for bed construction. I think you will have great success there. What is the sun exposure? The climbers look healthy.


  5. Very creative use of space. And cudos to the neighbor for “adding” more light for roses! I predict there is an award winner or two in this new bed! Enjoy. Can’t wait for spring to begin in Indy.


  6. Susa Hemann says:

    Wonderful new bed. Good luck with it. How exciting!!


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  8. Hi Chris: I’ve had a difficult relationship with roses. What are your tips for getting roses to thrive? and are there any that are indestructible?

    I live near Toronto.


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