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Autumn is a good time to transplant any rose bushes that are in the wrong position. You can also plant new ones, as they'll have time to get established before winter arrives. These are available as container-grown plants, or as bare-root plants from November through to March. Find out how to plant a bare-root rose and watch Monty Don planting roses in autumn.
If you give your roses some care during autumn, they will get safely through the winter, coming back healthy, vigorous and full of flowers next year.
Shorten the stems of tall bush roses to reduce wind-rock during winter gales, as this can loosen and damage the roots. Cut stems just above an outward-facing bud wherever possible.
Thin out the heads of standard roses (shaped like lollipops, on a single tall stem). Their rounded heads can catch the wind and even snap off completely in a severe storm.