White Rose Plants: a Quick Guide

White roses are both minimalistic and elegant, and instantly add sophistication to any garden. In the language of flowers, the white rose is symbolic of purity, sincerity, and chastity.

They also point towards innocence and spiritual love, and are often referred to as ‘the flower of light’. White rose bushes are a prevalent and classic choice and make a great addition to the garden.

Where to place white roses

White roses are considered a neutral plant, as they complement almost any other color in the garden and home. They are great plants to place in an entertaining space as they almost glow, especially in the evening. This light flower hue really pops the landscape, which makes them a great centerpiece.

How to plant white rose bushes

Tips on how to plant white rose bushes are in plentiful supply, especially as they’re one of the most enjoyed garden plants. If cared for correctly, they can last for many years, adding vibrancy and grandeur to an outdoor space.

When it comes to learning more about how to grow white rose plants, it’s important to begin this journey by choosing the correct location. This spot should receive at least six hours of sunlight per day and be placed in well-drained, fertile soil. For best results, plant dormant roses in early spring. Potted plants, on the other hand, can be planted any time between spring and autumn.

If you’ve decided to plant bare-root roses, it’s wise to presoak them in water for at least 24 hours before placing them in the ground. Both bare-root and potted rose bushes prefer to be planted at least two feet deep in the ground. Space should be big enough to house the roots. Backfill the hole with soil, using well-rotted manure and water thoroughly.

Types of white rose plants

There are a variety of white rose bush species to choose from, some of which include:

Garden Party: A hybrid tea rose that boasts luscious, creamy white blooms with a pale pink accent. It’s renowned for its strong fragrance and lengthy canes, which make it easy to prune. It generally grows to four feet in height and makes an ideal garden companion for those with larger outdoor spaces. This type of rose can be susceptible to diseases and pests, which is why it’s important to keep an eye on them. Many of these issues can be kept under wraps through good cultural practices, such as avoiding getting water on the foliage when irrigating and making sure your rose has enough space around it to create good air circulation.

Moondance: This species boasts impressively elongated stems, which can grow to a height of 14 to 18 inches, making it an outstanding rose for cut flowers and floral arrangements. The flowers come in a creamy white shade and measure three-and-a-half inches. They also offer a unique, spicy aroma and appear in clusters on the stems. This shrub flowers in late spring to early summer and offers repeat blooming. It’s also a hardy plant and is resilient to both mildew and rust. It can, however, be vulnerable to blackspot.

Stephen F. Austin: When you cross the ‘Graham Thomas’ rose with the ‘Carefree Beauty’, this is the result; an extremely low-maintenance rose that can reach a height of six feet. It boasts oversized, double blooms that measure three inches. These flowers often fade in hue when the weather picks up.

Iceberg: This striking white rose is classed as the original rose, and was initially introduced in 1958. It boasts an overpowering scent and is relatively disease-resistant. The ‘newly created’ Iceberg rose was created in 2002 and is equally beautiful, however, the scent is much milder. ‘Iceberg’ is a forceful shrub rose, and grows to a height of four to six feet, blooming in the month of spring with repeat blooms later in the season.

Where to buy white rose plants

You can buy white rose plants from a number of garden centers and from online florists. Serenata Flowers stock the likes of the white pot rose, which comes housed in a pretty, rustic container and boasts an array of rich green foliage, which perfectly complements the pretty white blooms.

This is a great product to buy for your own garden, or alternatively, as a gift. When buying this as a present, you can send it directly to the recipient’s door or place of work.

Start growing some plants. Should you prefer flowers or plants, garden centers, and online florists have an abundance of choice, many of which offer same and next-day flower delivery.

Lily Calyx is our in-house flower whisperer, an expert on all things botanical and an enthusiastic orchids collector. She loves discussing the insights of the secret world of flowers, shares her gardening tips and hacks and moons over the latest additions to Serenata Flowers flower range. Ask Lily anything about flowers and we can guarantee she will have the answer.

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