Blooming Beauties - Loving Roses

04 Jun, 2024

From bud to bloom, growing roses is such a rewarding experience. With a little love and care, your garden will be filled with delightful fragrance and beautiful blooms for years to come.


Popular for its disease resistance and robust growth, Iceberg is a best seller in New Zealand. This repeat-flowering beauty graces gardens with clusters of stunning pure white blooms, a timeless addition to any garden space.

Margaret Merrill

Ideal for smaller gardens, Margaret Merrill is a highly fragrant rose boasting beautiful white blooms blushed with a pink sheen. Its compact growth habit makes it a classic choice for garden beds and borders.

Pink Ribbon

With cupped blooms in a soft shade of pink, this floribunda rose is perfect for growing in a pot or landscaping. This compact, bushy variety was named in support of Breast Cancer awareness, serving as a reminder to support the cause.

A Gardener's Dream

With clusters of apricot blooms, A Gardener's Dream is a popular floribunda rose, loved for its repeat flowering and easy-care nature. Its ruffled blooms have a delightful fragrance.

My Grandma

Adorned with stunning lilac-pink blooms and an intoxicating fragrance, My Grandma is a floribunda bush rose. This repeat flowering variety has multi-petal blooms, and is great for picking.

Emily Brontë

A striking rose with distinctive soft peach flowers and a flat, tightly petaled form. This David Austin variety has a strong fragrance with hints of lemon, and a bushy, upright growth habit.

Care Tips


The first step for a successful rose is finding the perfect spot. Choose a spot with full sun and well-draining soil that is rich in organic matter, as well as good airflow to reduce the risk of fungal diseases.


Once you’ve chosen the perfect spot, dig a hole at least twice the depth and width of the pot the rose came in. Backfill the hole with your original soil, mixed with Kings Compost and Kings Sheep Pellets. Alternatively, you can use Kings Garden Mix. Place your rose in the hole and backfill, ensuring the soil is pressed down and firm. Mulch to finish, keeping it a few centimetres away from the trunk.


Once your rose is flowering, feed with Kings Sheep Pellets and Kings Slow Release Rose Food, or Aquaticus Organic Garden Booster if you prefer an organic option. Water regularly, and opt for a slow, deep watering a couple of times a week rather than a light daily watering. Add mulch to suppress weeds and improve water retention in the soil. Keep on top of deadheading, cutting back to a point where the stem is strong enough to support the next shoot.

After leaf fall in winter, spray with Grosafe Enspray 99 Oil to clear up any overwintering spores and insects. Spray with Yates Super Shield over winter, and again at bud burst in spring.


Late July is traditionally the time to prune established roses as they are in a dormant state. To prune, cut back to an outward-facing bud at a 45-degree angle and remove any dead, damaged or diseased shoots, thin twigs, and crossing branches. Seal with pruning paste if the cut is larger than 15mm. Check for suckers at the base of the plant, usually below the graft point, and remove any unwanted ones. For bush and standard roses, create an open vase shape by shortening the remaining branches by at least one-third, trimming back to an outward-facing bud. For climbers, open the rose up to increase airflow, then trim back by up to a third.

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