Roses are among the most popular flowers and are beautiful whether they're blooming in a bush or climbing a trellis.
Step 1: Select the right roses Select the variety of roses best suited for your region when planting your garden.
Step 2: Prepare the soil Prepare the soil for planting. Till the soil 12 to 15 inches deep with a garden fork. Mix in a 2- to 4-inch layer of compost.
Step 3: Water Water your roses during the summer if there is less than 1 inch of rainfall a week.
TIP: Install a programmable sprinkler system in your garden.
Step 4: Pick the perfect spot Pick the right location for your garden. Top planting tips include planting your roses in a spot where it is sunny for at least 6 hours a day, where there is good air circulation, and where there is full morning sun.
Step 5: Plant at the right time Plant your roses 2 to 3 feet apart, either early in the spring or in the fall, depending on your region.
TIP: Have your soil tested by a local university or a nursery to know what to add to your garden bed to improve growing conditions.
Step 6: Fertilize Fertilize your roses twice a year -- once in the spring with the new growth, and again mid-season. To encourage growth, prune your rose bushes in late winter or early spring, depending on the climate in your region. Care for your roses so they continue to grow healthy and strong.
FACT: In 1986, President Ronald Reagan designated the rose as the national flower of the United States.