Roses in Aberdeen generally grow well. I have found some of them in the past to be a bit of a hit or a miss.
I now think that this was the result of not enough sunshine reaching the borders. We had allowed conifers to become overgrown causing too much shade. Thankfully this has now been attended to.
Felicia which I talk of today has always been outstanding. Rose shrubs must surely be the most favourite flowering plant for most of us.
Whether planted formerly or as a specimen, or indeed in the mixed border, they simply make a garden in Summer that bit more special.The one annoying habit which they seem to have is there performance in our garden, even the same variety planted in similar conditions can vary greatly from one garden to the next. Take the Portland Rose Jacques Cartier, for us, nothing special, however in a friends garden less than two miles away this variety is outstanding. On the other hand Rose de Rescht, another Portland, only this time you would be hard pushed to find it growing any more profusely than it does in our back garden.
One Hybrid musk which I think deserves a place in your garden is the beautiful, (Felicia). This vigorous specimen was introduced in 1928 and has been a favourite of enthusiasts ever since. Here in Aberdeen flowering begins in late June and is continuous throughout the Summer and very often giving an exceptional show in Autumn. The pale pink flowers are numerous and are held in a nodding fashion, the perfume is quite intense and delightful, reaching your senses before the rose becomes visible.Felicia at times has been described as having a pale yellow hue, I personally find this hardly noticeable flowers are decidedly pink and to describe otherwise would be stretching a point.
Hardiness – Fully hardy
Position – Full sun
Height – 120cm
For a guide to pruning your Roses you will not go wrong if you follow Cockers of Aberdeens instructions (open link and scroll to the bottom of the page)