The rose is the queen of the garden and each rose has its own little whims. To make growing roses in the garden a success, and to make roses more fun than a worry, here are a few tips. There are many varieties of roses. In order to get the best results when growing, you should do a bit of research beforehand to find out which variety is best suited to your conditions.

In addition, it is worth noting that the roses sold at Hansaplant by Mihkel Saare Nursery are of high quality and propagated by budding. They are therefore very hardy.

The advantages of roses sold at Hansaplant are:

Carefully selected varieties from the world’s best breeders such as Tantau, Kordes, Meilland, Poulsen, NIRP, Interplant.
The roses bloom profusely in the same year.
The roses are of AA quality, have 3 to 5 stems and the seedlings are in large 3.5 to 5.5 litre pots.

Rose seedlings in May, June and July.
Roseflower in MayRoseflower in JuneRoseflower in July


‘Sweet Delight’High and low neo-anti-roses.

The most popular and trendy group of roses.
The flower shape is reminiscent of old English roses, but the shrubs are more compact and vigorous.
Suitable for the border or for cutting.
Mostly fragrant.
They are shrub roses (1-1,5 m tall) that need winter cover.

Varieties in this group are classified in different ways by breeders, so there is a lot of confusion about the names.
A newer group of varieties are the low neo-anti-chicroses, which have the appearance of old roses carried over to fine roses. Some breeders also classify them as a separate group.

‘Mauritius’ Precious roses

Precious roses have a classic flower shape.

Large-flowered varieties.
Well suited for cutting and bedding.
‘Dominica®’, ‘Fiji®’, ‘Mauritius®’ and ‘Malta®’ are from the special ‘Holiday Island’ series and are distinguished from other roses by their lower and more compact growth.
They are very suitable for garden borders and as gifts.

‘Heritage’ English Roses

English roses are characterised by their exceptionally beautiful rosette blooms which grow in clusters on the shoots. The full blossoms have a very pleasant fragrance and are very large.

English roses are repeat performers.
They are well-branched rose bushes, and work well planted in groups.
May need support.
All varieties are frost tolerant and frost hardy.

‘Aspirin’ Surface catteroses

Another very popular group of varieties introduced in the last 10-15 years. The breeders’ aim was to obtain long-flowering, disease-resistant, surface-covering, urban massing, fast-growing roses that do not need winter cover (in Estonia, however, they do need winter cover, as do the rhododendrons). Sometimes polyanthroses and low-growing varieties of gourd are also classified as ground-cover roses.

Particularly disease resistant and good overwinterers.
Used in large groups to produce large patches of colour, they are also suitable for garden ponds, terraces and balconies.
Smaller flowering but very prolific and longer flowering than other rose groups.
Very delicate fragrance or no fragrance at all.

‘Friesia’ Peen Roses

Classic 40-70 cm tall, profusely flowering shrubs. Includes both floribundas and polyanthroses. In the Hansaplant assortment, older and well-known varieties are grouped here. Newer fine roses are under low neo-anthanthroniums and surface roses.

The flowers are larger than those of the surface catteroses, but smaller than those of the neo-antique and precious roses.
Repeat pollinators.
Need less care than neon-antique and precious roses.
Used in groups or singly.

‘Astrid Lindgren’ Shrub roses

Shrubs 1-1,5 m tall. Also suitable for planting singly in the lawn. Need winter cover. In the Hansaplant assortment, the older and better known varieties are classified in this category. The tall neo-anti-chicroses are also essentially shrub roses.

They flower long and profusely.
The flowers have a delicate, pleasant fragrance.
Strong, tall shrubs.

‘Hansaland’ Park Roses

Shrubs 1-1.5 (2)m tall. Some varieties need a light winter cover, some varieties will overwinter without cover.

Winter hardy down to -25 to -30°C (-25 to -20°F).
Some varieties have ornamental fruit.
Compared to bedding, ground cover and neon anti roses, park roses have a shorter flowering period.
The varieties with repeat flowering are ‘Hansaland’, ‘Robusta’ and ‘Hansa’.

‘Ilse Krohn Superior’ Roniroses

Shrubs 1,5-3 m tall. Requires tying to supports for ‘climbing’ and shaking down in winter. Older cultivars flower from last year’s twigs, newer cultivars flower from both old and new twigs. The rhododendrons in Hansaplant’s range all flower on branches from both years.

They bloom on the shoots of the first year.
Varieties with healthy, glossy foliage and strong growth.
All varieties in the range are repeat performers.

New antique rose ‘Lions Rose’1. Choose a rose variety for your garden that suits your lifestyle. Lions Rose “Lions Rose” Roses (Lions Rose Rose “Lions Rose”) are the least demanding of the park roses and the self-cleaning surface roses. When choosing a variety, consider the disease resistance of the varieties. The healthier the variety, the less it needs spraying in the garden. ADR-labelled rose varieties are particularly hardy.

2. Plant good quality pot plants in the garden. Avoid the cut-price stuff in supermarkets.

3. Choose a location that is as sunny as possible and has good soil. If necessary, amend the soil with compost or potting compost.

4. Plant the rose rootstock 5-8 cm below the soil! Planted in this way, the roses are well protected even in the harshest winters.

5. If you have rose varieties in your garden that have suffered from foliar diseases in previous years, give your roses their first prophylactic spray in mid-May.

6. Don’t forget to fertilize your roses every year. Potted roses bought from Hansaplant come with fertiliser in the pot for the first year. You don’t need to fertilize these plants the first summer, but you do need to fertilize them the following summers.

Rose varieties are bred for disease resistance, but leaf diseases and insect pests can still occur due to adverse weather conditions or an unsuitable growing environment. For more information, see the advice on diseases and pests of roses. For further information on how to care for and overwinter your roses, see the advice on Caring for and overwintering roses.