Since the 1970s many rose breeders have focused on developing compact roses (no more than 1m in height and spread) suitable for smaller gardens, terraces and containers. These combined characteristics of larger miniature roses and smaller floribundas, resulted in the rather loose classification 'Patio' roses. Essentially they are miniature Floribundas, being compact and bushy growers with plentiful blooms borne in trusses. They are very effective in narrow borders or for bedding with profuse flower production that compliment any bedding display. Some rose catalogues include older polyanthas that have stood the test of time within their patio selection, whilst others have also created patio climbers, small rambler style plants that flower top-to-toe and are suitable for confined areas. Patio type roses may benefit from some protection over the winter months in colder, wetter areas. (Varieties include: 'Gentle Touch', and 'Sweet Dream').
For planting advice, see Planting Containerised Roses - RV Roger Ltd
For pruning advice, see A Guide to Pruning Roses - RV Roger Ltd
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