Love roses, but worried if you have the time, the space or skill to grow them? Or maybe all of the above? Check out this easy, fragrant, cheery rose which will grow in a patio or deck pot. It's called Bill Reid and it is part of the Canadian Artists® series developed in Canada. A true northerner, Bill Reid rose grows anywhere south of Sudbury in Ontario. It will thrive in Prince George, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, the Gaspe in Quebec, and as far north as Cornerbrook, Newfoundland. It's a great choice for anyone who finds looking at pretty flowers a simple way to relax.
Bill Reid rose takes very little effort to grow and produce flowers over and over throughout the summer. The flowers are larger (four inches) and more abundant than the Morden Sunrise rose and will keep blooming from June to September. Think how nice it would be to cut flowers for your table or to give to friends!
The flower colour doesn't fade and the leaves stay healthy. Bill Reid rose maintains its vibrant yellow blooms, even in the height of the summer sun. Like many fondly remembered roses, it is fragrant. The scent is citrusy with vanilla notes. Bill Reid rose grows 90cm (35 inches) high and 70cm (28 inches) wide with a bushy, disease-resistant habit.
For patio pots 50 cm diameter or larger, a single plant of Bill Reid rose combines well with annuals such as bushy blue lobelia and white or deep coloured petunia. Finish off the arrangement with golden creeping Jenny draping over the edges of the pot and echoing the colour of the roses. As a mainstay in your patio or deck pots, this rose will make you smile.
Find out Where to Buy your Bill Reid rose. Keep the plant at room temperature and plant within a week of purchasing. Plant it in the centre of a pot of 50 cm or larger diameter, at the same depth as it was growing when you bought it. Place the pot where it will get at least 6 hours of sun per day, with some air circulation on three sides. A corner is not recommended. Fill the rest of the container with annuals, perennials or herbs. Give the container about 4 litres of water and a light application of fertilizer (organic or otherwise). Water again every 3-4 days for the first month, if there hasn't been any rain. After that, water once a week. The only pruning you need to do is to remove branches that die, get diseased or just in your way. Don't remove more than one-third of the branches at one time.
Bill Reid rose is the third in the series of Canadian Artists® Roses, joining Emily Carr and Felix Leclerc. One of Canada's foremost artists, Haida artist Bill Reid (1920-1998), was an outstanding gold and silversmith turned sculptor. He was proclaimed a National Living Treasure and was instrumental in inspiring people to reclaim their cultural heritage.
Find out more about Canadian Artists® Roses by reading The Roses and the Artists.