Posted: 24/07/2016 at 14:15
The time to prune your rose us in spring - it looks like a hybrid tea. Does it have a scent? If it has a citrussy lemon scent, it may be a David Austen "Prince" rose, which has a similar habit and colour.
For now, cut back to an outward-facing leaf joint when deadheading, and have a look at the bunch of low shoots at the bottom. If there are any suckers there remove those; you will recognise them by the fact that they come from below the graft (the graft is an extra-thick lump just above the soil where you'll find most shoots originate - if you can't see it, it may have been buried, so ease the soil away carefully to trace a potential sucker). Suckers may also have more leaflets than the main rose, and the leaflets are often a paler colour. Other than that, take out any very thin spindly shoots low down, but leave the majority until spring.
This will tell you how to prune in spring:
look for hybrid tea/floribunda roses. You'll also need to clear a circle about 80cm minimum across around the rose's roots of grass.
Last edited: 24 July 2016 14:19:07