Coaxing roses to produce a spectacular floral display is easy if you follow a few simple rules.


With a bit of care and attention, you can encourage your roses to flower all summer long. Support them, feed and water them regularly, remove spent flowers and watch out for signs of pests and diseases.

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In this short video guide, the experts at David Austin Roses share their top tips for growing roses, including how to choose the right rose and how to water roses.

Our five tips, below, will ensure your roses put on a show-stopping display.

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Deadhead regularly

Deadheading a rose
Deadheading a rose

Deadhead roses regularly. Healthy stems need only the flower head removing, but weak spindly ones need cutting back hard, to encourage new growth. Prune to where stems are at least pencil thick, even if it means removing almost the entire shoot. While you're there, cut out any dead, damaged or diseased stems.

For help choosing the best pair of secateurs for deadheading see our expert secateurs reviews and our round up of the 10 Best Secateurs

Feed and mulch

Feeding roses
A capful of rose feed ready to be diluted

Mulch roses in spring and autumn, with well-rotted stable manure, compost or chipped bark, but keep it 10cm clear of your rose's stems. Feed in spring and again in mid-summer after the first flush of flowers. Use a feed containing potash and magnesium, for better blooms. Prevent mildew by watering regularly, directing your hose or watering can at the base of the plants, especially right after planting and in dry spells.

Buy well rotted animal manure from Dobies

Buy chipped bark mulch on Amazon

Provide support

Tying in a rose stem
Tying in a climbing rose

Support old-fashioned shrub roses by placing poles around the plants and tying stems to them. Train climbers and ramblers up pergola poles, vertical pillars or an obelisk. Standard roses also need supporting – replace the original cane with a stronger stake and secure with tree ties.

Buy garden twine and ties from Harrod Horticultural

Control diseases

Rose problems
Black spot on rose leaves

Choose disease-resistant rose varieties to avoid black spot, mildew and rust, though in warm and humid summers, even disease-resistant varieties can be affected. Rake up and remove fallen leaves to reduce the risk of reinfection, and use a fungicide if necessary.

Buy rose fungicide from Amazon

Choose the right rose

Rosa 'Sophy'
Flower and buds of rose 'Sophy'

Before being seduced by a pretty picture, consider which rose is best for your garden. Old-fashioned varieties rarely flower all summer long, while modern, disease-resistant roses are more likely to. Rosa 'Sophy', pictured, is a very healthy rose that repeat flowers well.

Pruning tip

Always cut just above a healthy, full-sized leaf. That's where the hormones concentrate, so the plant is able to produce a new flowering shoot quickly.