Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Micromini Roses

Good things really do come in small packages. (If you don't believe me, make a visit to Tiffany's.)

Micromini Roses are one of my favorite little bloomers, standing a whole 7 inches tall, covered in pretty pink and apricot flowers all summer long.

Miniatures are true roses bred to small size, available in a rainbow of colors.

Microminis* are the smallest, about 6 to 12 inches, with perfect little flowers and tiny leaves, too. Plant them as a front border to your garden bed, or along a walkway so they don't get lost in the shuffle.

Minis have been around for 100 years, but they've never been very popular in the garden. Perhaps people think they're too delicate, given their small size. These little gals are pretty tough, winter hardy to zone 5 and very easy to grow.

Roses, of all varieties, do very well in high altitudes. The dry air of our high plains desert keeps roses healthy and free from pests. Mulch them, to keep the soil damp. You'll get the most flowers with regular watering, every 2-3 days

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