Purple roses: the best varieties and growing rules



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Violet and lilac varieties of roses, whose petals have areas with shades of mauve, white, burgundy or lavender, are very popular among domestic and foreign amateur gardeners due to their high decorativeness and the possibility of very wide use in landscape design.

Description of the best varieties

Varieties and hybrid forms of garden roses with exotic coloring, obtained exclusively by breeding, have unusual shades due to the introduction of the gene responsible for coloring such popular flowers in our country as pansies. To date, several varieties and hybrids of roses with purple or mixed coloring are well known.

Grade namePlant descriptionFlowering featuresVarietal characteristic
"Moje Hammerberg"Straight-growing bush with powerful shoots 0.7-0.8 m highVery fragrant, purple-red stained flowers.Repeated flowering variety with a high level of decorativeness
"Rhapsody in Blue"The plant is relatively tall, upright, up to 1.5 m in heightHalf-double type flowers with very beautiful ink-violet staining of petalsIt has increased resistance to the most common diseases
"Cardinal de Richelieu"A plant up to 2 m high with straight shoots and drooping under the weight of flowersMedium-sized semi-double flowers of very bright purplish-violet colorGallic flowerless rose with high disease resistance and excellent winter hardiness
"Blue for You"Bush erect, well developed, no more than a meter highFragrant flowers, collected in magnificent brushes, flowers of pale violet stainingRelative frost resistance and medium disease resistance floribunda
"Novalis"Bush erect, well developed, 70-89 cm highFlowers of pale violet color, terry type, large enough, attractive shapeA new variety of floribunda from German breeders with high decorative qualities and abundant flowering
"Florence Delattre"The plant is relatively tall, well leafy, upright, up to 1.5 m in heightSmoky violet-white flowers with a delicate aromaWeather resistant French scrub
"Night Owl"Bush more than two meters tall, straight-growing, with very decorative glossy foliageDark purple garden rose with a beautiful flower shape and a very light aromaA relatively new American climbing rose variety with good winter hardiness
"Ebb Tide"The plant is upright, up to 80-85 cm tall, with large and bright green leavesRelatively large velvety flowers of intense burgundy-violet colorAmerican floribunda is highly resistant to the most common diseases
"Perennial Blue"A plant with sufficiently thin and flexible, strongly studded shoots up to 2.0-2.5 m highFlowers of small sizes, purplish-violet coloring, collected in lush and very decorative brushesClassic re-flowering english rambler
"Claude Brasseu"The bush is erect, well developed, with powerful shoots with a height of not more than 80-90 cmLavender-violet double flowers up to 12 cm in diameter with pronounced aromaA popular tea hybrid rose from Mailland with good adaptation in the conditions of our country
"Blue river"The plant is erect, up to 1.2 m highLilac-violet double flowers up to 10 cm in diameter with a pronounced sweetish aromaDecent W. Kordes Hybrid Tea Rose Highly Resistant to Disease
"Baby Faurax"Rose bush with very decorative glossy foliageLilac-purple-violet half-double type flowers, pleasant aroma with grape notesPolyanthus rose from L. Lille selection with good adaptation in our country

Features of choosing a landing site

In the garden rose growing area, the soil should be light, fertile and breathable. It is customary to attribute a rose to whimsical plants that need soils with a sufficient amount of nutrients and moisture. Plots with heavy, moist, clay, sour, sandy and swampy soil cannot be allocated for the cultivation of this decorative culture. Such soils need to be well prepared for planting a demanding flower.

In heavy soils, baking powder in the form of humus, peat, compost or coarse sand should be added. Acidic soils need to be deoxidized by dolomite flour, slaked lime or chalk to pH 5.5-6.5. Too light soils that can hold moisture in the root system of the plant require a small amount of clay. Planting, depending on soil and climatic conditions in the cultivation region, can be carried out both in spring and in autumn.

How to plant roses

Care Tips

To obtain a long and abundant flowering, competent care of rose bushes is very important. Particular attention should be paid to decorative culture in the summer, when plants need irrigation measures, preventive spraying, top dressing, as well as the regular removal of all wilted flowers with a secateurs or a sharp knife to the first leaf bud.

Recommendations for summer care for purple rose bushes are as follows:

  • watering is carried out as the soil dries, in the morning or in the evening, using fairly warm, settled water;
  • watering is carried out directly under the root of the plant, it is not recommended to allow water to get on the leaves, buds and fully opened flowers;

  • very important for obtaining high-quality flowering and increase the immunity of the culture is top dressing of rose bushes during all periods of vegetation;
  • organic top dressing is the application of components of animal or vegetable origin, which in the soil can decompose into minerals that are absorbed by the plant;
  • the use of cow manure supplemented with wood ash or bone meal has good results;
  • before the onset of the active budding phase, it is advisable to fertilize with rotted manure or compost in order to enrich the rose bushes with nitrogen-containing substances;
  • if necessary, fertilizing with finished mineral-organic mixtures intended for roses is carried out;
  • it should be remembered that the optimal ratio of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium in fertilizers is 9% / 6% / 12%;
  • preventive treatment of rose bushes includes a whole range of measures, the health of the culture and the quality of flowering depend on the timeliness of the implementation of these;

  • for the prophylactic spraying of the aerial part of the plant, you can use both well-established folk remedies and modern chemical preparations;
  • ordinary wood ash very successfully combines all the properties of potash fertilizers with a mild pesticidal effect, so after spraying it is advisable to dust the aerial part of the plant with ash;
  • conducting summer pruning allows you to give the rose bushes decorative and extends the flowering period, which is due to the activation of sleeping buds, the formation of shoots and the formation of new buds.

It is very important to carry out regular weeding, the amount of which can be reduced by mulching the soil around the bushes with organics.

Combination with other plants

Varieties of roses with dark purple flowers are recommended to be placed in partial shade or in areas with a slight shade.where the unusual color looks deeper and more saturated. Very successful is the combination of a purple rose with decorative crops that have yellow-orange, pink or white flowers. Light purple roses are perfectly complemented by varieties with dark purple flowers. Unusually attractive flower beds can be created by combining dark purple and burgundy purple garden roses with white-flowered clematis.

Especially popular in garden decor are floral arrangements created using the varieties Novalis, Rhapsody in-Blue and Ebb Tide, as well as Florence Delattre. It is recommended to “knock out” tall purple roses with pillows made of heichera or viola. Light purple roses blend perfectly with small coniferous shrubs, evergreen barberries and many herbaceous plants. In the background of such flower beds can be planted yew, Balkan spruce, pine, cypress or juniper.

Roses: After Winter Care

It should be remembered that most varieties and hybrid forms of roses with violet flowers can change color depending on the level of illumination, and violet-purple flowers in the sun often acquire bluish-lilac shades when grown in partial shade areas.



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