- The burnet rose, the favorite of the sandy lands
- The beautiful hybrids of the rose pimprenelle
- The rough rose, the other beautiful rose of the sands
- Varieties of roses to discover for light soils
- The right steps to make your roses grow in sandy soil
The burnet rose, the favorite of the sandy lands
In the wild, the rosebush (Rosa pimpinellifoliacalled R. spinosissima by botanists) grows in the dunes. While the sand reaches several meters thick, this rose can be maintained and forms a carpet. There he beats the record of the smallest rose in the world: only 5 cm high, under the wind! In the garden, it looks much better, since it takes the form of a shrub that can exceed 1.20 m. It offers beautiful wild rose flowers in June, followed by small decorative fruits. Beware however: it spreads around the surrounding area by its underground stems (rhizomes) and it can invite itself in the rest of the massif. However, it is not an invader because it forms only a rejection here and there, that it is easy to cut flush. The rose pumper leaf is white, we prefer the more floriferous varieties and more colorful, which are real jewels.
The beautiful hybrids of the rose pimprenelle
Rose tree 'Aicha'.
The rosewood rosebush, despite its small size and non-upward character (it only blooms in the spring) has allowed amazing crosses, giving rise to fairly large roses that can bloom again in the summer. The most beautiful success is undoubtedly 'Aicha', with dark yellow flowers turning to white, blooming again during the summer. This rose grows in a garland of drooping stems that has nothing to envy to other roses. He loves sandy soil and is considered one of the most resistant to cold.
Rose tree 'Stanwell Perpetual'.
Smaller, 'Stanwell Perpetual' is very old, with pale pink double flowers. The bush, little supplied but very floriferous, can reach 1.80 m but will often be a little lower. A light size will keep it compact or it will be associated with grass such as molinie, a good choice for sandy soil.
The rough rose, the other beautiful rose of the sands
Rosier Remembrance of Trelazé.
If the rosewood rosebush colonizes our dunes, there is a rose bush carrying the same mission in Japan, the rough rose (Rosa rugosa). This one looks like a big eglantine, very fragrant. He suckers a lot, to the point of worrying in the European dunes where he escaped. In the garden, one will feast, literally as well as figuratively, on its varieties. The easiest to find are 'Admiration', with double pink flowers almost red, and 'Double White of Coubert' (with double white flowers, as one can guess); But the descendants of the rough rose have given unusual roses, especially 'Souvenir de Trélazé', with anemone flowers. All are flowering, bear large flowers (10 cm in diameter). They are ideal for use in cooking. Rough roses are probably the most disease resistant roses. Nothing scares them! The other side of the coin, they do not last long in pots...
Varieties of roses to discover for light soils
Rosa overturned, dark pink and especially very reviving since it blossoms until the first frosts in mid-October.
The right steps to make your roses grow in sandy soil
Whatever the chosen pink, some attentions will allow you to obtain more beautiful roses, even if the soil is light and sandy. The first reflex is to think of bring compost, a lot of compost. Place it in a layer of cm thick at the foot of the roses, in February-March. Lightly scratch the soil so that the compost becomes one with the earth and do not hesitate to bring it during the season: the time is always favorable and there is no risk of overdose!
Another good reflex is to cut short enough the roses that ask for it. The rough rose and rosebud do not carve unless they become cumbersome: they manage to bloom as they please and do not need the classic pruning rose bushes.The latter, grown in sandy soil, must be cut shorter than normal. Do not hesitate to reduce them by more than half.