RTÉ One, Friday, 8.30pm

Programme 7

Gardener: Peter Dowdall

Well, even on telly things can go wrong. Sheep got into our gardens and did an amount of damage. Thankfully it could have been much worse, there was no real damage to my lawn or patio but a lot of the plants in my beds were seriously pruned. So first things first and I needed to see what damage exactly had been done and where to start fixing.

This week I was enjoying the Rose Garden in Fota with head gardener David B O Regan, it inspired me to plant some Roses in my own garden. The garden needed a shot of new life after the sheep attack!

Roses have got very bad press for being high maintenance plants however I wouldn’t agree, here are a few tips on how to choose the right rose, plant it and care for it in your garden.

  • Make sure you choose a rose that is disease free and healthy looking.
  • Decide do you want a shrub rose, a ground cover rose, a climbing rose, a rambling rose or a patio rose. Each have different attributes and will do a different job in the garden. Once you have decided on which type you need then you can look at deciding on which variety to pick.
  • I used King Arthur and Oxford in my garden.
  • When planting use good compost and a handful of Sudden Impact for Roses to help the plant get established.
  • Water the plant with Garlic Wonder to help prevent Aphid damage and lessen the risk of Mildew, Rust and Black Spot.
  • Prune back the roses between November and February.

If you follow these guidelines you should have lovely rose plants in your garden for years to come.

The Gardeners