Winter Rose Care

As a part of the Stretch Gardening Series at Home Depot, I was asked to contribute an article on caring for roses in winter. I have found that a few simple steps in winter will make all the difference in your garden come spring.  Click HERE to read the article..


An abundance of spring blooms are the result of caring for your garden in winter

The Home Depot Garden Club website is filled with great articles from gardening experts such as Martha Stewart & P. Allen Smith and is hosted by the incomparable Lynn Coulter and Michael Nolan.  


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 and on his popular website;, 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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6 Responses to Winter Rose Care

  1. Hi Chris! 7 degrees here this AM in central VA. Hope your neck of the woods is warmer.
    What brand of lime sulfur do you prefer? Do you think this would work on powdery mildew spores in the peony beds here? Is January the best time to spray beds? xo


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  3. Thanks – needed these tips as I have acquired several rose bushes at our new house and I would like them to be happy bloomers!


  4. marieabanga says:


    Chris, I am a newbie to so many things amongst which is the fact that roses could be grown in the winter.

    Thank you for this post, I think I am moving my Marie’s Garden of roses concept from theory to practice. Ah but the withholding fact is, we live in an apartment. Kindly advice.

    Cheers, Marie 🙂


  5. Cheryl Ellenburg says:

    I just found your website which is great because I live in Georgia. I look forward to reading all your comments. I have 1 question. Do you have trouble growing David Austin Roses in Alabama.?


    • Hey Cheryl, Thanks for visiting my blog. We have very good luck with David Austin Roses in our garden. We have about 10 shrubs. Golden Celebration & Benjamin Britten are stand outs for us. It takes DA roses about three years to get acclimated to the garden, after that they took off for us. Hope about you?


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