This is Grace Kelly. As you can see, it is not the actress/princess that you were thinking. ‘Grace Kelly’ is a variety of tree rose that we planted in a container this weekend so it can begin growing in time to bloom this Summer. We have had tree roses on the patio almost every year we have lived here on Glen Road. They have always grown quickly from the dormant tree that we get shipped to us.
In early Summer, the tree rose begins to bloom and if you are diligent about removing the spent roses, the tree will continue blooming up until the end of the season. Tree roses are not actually a class of rose, but rather a way of growing them. A bush or climbing rose is simply grafted onto a straight trunk, giving the desired appearance. Here is the rose bush that is at the top of the tree we purchased.
Very similar in appearance to a rose bush that you would buy at a nursery, except it is attached to the top of a long trunk. The roots are about five inches long and we have always just filled a container with organic potting soil and put the tree rose into the soil so that it is covered up to the base of the trunk. They require very little care other than providing about an inch of water per week and fertilizer every so often.
At the beginning of June, our tree roses have always produced an array of beautiful, full-sized rose buds. The variety ‘Grace Kelly’ appears as beautiful as the woman it is named after. Pale pink roses tipped in a dark pink to red. Here are some pictures of our desired end state. Grow, girl, grow!
So now Glen Road has had its first celebrity (er, celebrity tree rose) come visit in 2011. Again, we have always planted these beautiful plants every year on Glen Road. Since they are a perennial, you can also winter them and bring them back year after year. To winter in mild zones, you need only wrap in-ground plants in straw or burlap. To winter in northern zones, you must bend the plants without breaking its roots and cover with soil. Containerized plants can be moved to an unheated, protected area. Give a tree rose a try to brighten up your patio this Summer. They are readily available on the internet and aren’t that expensive. When’s the last time a princess stayed in your backyard? Tell us what plants you are planting on your patio and deck this season?