Day 5: bare-root roses

Daily details from the garden to bring you inspiration throughout the year

Bare-root roses arrive as a collection of deceptively uninspiring, prickly sticks.

Bare-root roses arrive as a collection of deceptively uninspiring, prickly sticks.

They don’t look much just now – a bundle of prickly sticks with a tangle of brown roots. But by the middle of spring, they’ll be transformed into energetic young plants, covered in exquisite flowers. This is the time to buy roses in bare-root form – it’s cheaper than getting them in pots, but they’re only available from November to February. Head over to the David Austin website and fill your boots. Well, your wheelbarrow.


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