The brilliant colors and captivating fragrance of roses can be brought to patios and balconies with container plantings. For patio plantings, choose miniature roses or compact floribundas.
Just as in garden beds, roses in containers will need at least six hours of sunshine to bloom best. Look for an eastern exposure for container-grown plants; southern and western exposures are fine, too.
An advantage of container plantings is that they can be portable. Some gardeners are willing to move their containers each day for maximum sun exposure.
When selecting planters for patio roses, look for depth of at least 15 inches to accommodate the root system. Our DIY Paver Planter project is ideal for miniature roses in a patio setting.
Tips for rose planting success on the patio:
- Roses like acidic soil, easily accomplished by adding a bit of pine bark in the planting mixture.
- Well-drained soil is the key to happy roses. Set planters on bricks or small blocks to ensure adequate breathability beneath the planters.
- Fertilize every six weeks with a 10-10-10 fertilizer. Follow fertilizer instructions carefully. A heavy hand with the food may lead to damaged roots.
- Water roses two to three times a week. In the very hottest times of summer, water on demand.
As for companion plants, look for low-growing herbs and flowers that will shade roots, but also allow for air flow. Lack of airflow leads to black spot and may be a problem in more humid climates.
Annuals that love sun and will play nicely:
- Interplanting miniature roses with daffodils and crocus
For more information, see The Home Depot’s All About Roses buying guide.