Evelyn roses were first bred in 1992 in the United Kingdom by David Austin. David Austin is arguably one of the most recognized names in roses and you will find his many wonderful creations in gardens all around the world. This rose was created by crossing the Tamora rose with the Graham Thomas rose. The result is a stunning apricot colored rose that produces blooms with dark centers.
The rose Evelyn will produce blooms that average about 3 inches in diameter and they will be extremely full, having as many as 100 petals per bloom. The plant itself will grow to around 5 feet tall at full maturity with a width out to 4 feet across. The rose Evelyn has a nice strong fragrance and it is equally at home in your garden, or in a container on your porch or patio. This rose will do nicely in most regions in zones 5 through 10.
Growing the rose Evelyn is not difficult and if you have any prior experience growing roses, then you should not find this one to be all that challenging. The biggest choice that you will make in the life of your roses is where in the garden you choose to grow them. Roses need a lot of sun light if you want them to perform at their best and this one is no exception. You should try to find a spot that will offer them no less than 6 hours every day of full sun, but if you can offer more, that is even better.
You also will need to grow your Evelyn roses in soil that drains very well. This is a rather simple thing to do but it is one of the most overlooked aspects of rose growing. Roses that are grown in poor soil will not only underperform, but they will usually become weak and sickly. This is not a hard problem to overcome however. You can take a trip to your local garden center and will likely find a wide range of soil mixes, some of which will be designed specifically for growing roses. In the long run your rose Evelyn will thank you for it.
Getting the rose Evelyn into the ground is not hard and most growers are able to get the job done pretty well with just a few basic hand tools. How you go about planting your roses depends a little on how you purchased them. If you picked up your rose locally, then they probably already had it planted for you in a container and ready to bloom. These are the easiest roses to plant. Dig your hole at least twice the diameter of the container and equally as deep. This will give you plenty of room around the roots for your soil mix while keeping the bud union at its original depth.
If you bought your Evelyn roses online, then they probably shipped them to you as bareroot plants, which is not uncommon. You should first soak the roots of these overnight in a bucket of room temperature water, prior to planting day. Then dig your hole as wide as the longest roots on the plant and deep enough to set the plant on top of a mound of soil while keeping the bud union no more than an inch or so below the surface.
Once you have your rose Evelyn set in place on top of the mound, spread the roots out in all directions and then back fill the hole only halfway to start, using your soil mix. Take your garden hose and water the loose soil heavily until it flows all around the roots like mud, then you can go ahead and finish filling the hole the rest of the way. Give the soil one last heavy watering and top off any final settling that may occur but do not tamp down the soil. This method should make sure that no air pockets have formed around the roots of the plant.
Taking care of the rose Evelyn is straight forward and once again, any past experience you may have growing roses will sure come in handy here as well. You will need to make sure that you provide your roses with enough water and nutrients, while being careful not to overdo it. For most climates this usually amounts to about one deep watering per week. If you happen to live in a region that is hot and dry, then you should check on your roses every 4 to 5 days just to be safe.
You also should consider giving your Evelyn roses a dose of a granular all-purpose fertilizer in the spring when the leaves begin to open. This will help get your roses off to a fast start. Like many of David’s creations, this one is also a repeat bloomer which means it will do well with a couple more feedings throughout the growing season. I will almost always give my roses their second feeding as soon as they have finished the first big bloom, with a third feeding coming around the middle of the summer. Your rose Evelyn should do nicely on this schedule as well.
You should prune the rose Evelyn in the late winter or very early spring when the weather starts to warm but before the leaves begin to open. This will make pruning easier on you and the plant. Start by removing all the dead and discolored wood from the plant and set your cuttings aside. Next, prune back any overlapping lateral canes so these do not compete for sun light once the leaves fully open. Lastly, give the remaining canes a cut back by about one third of their current height to promote new growth.
This is also the best time to clean up around the base of your Evelyn roses to get rid of all the dead leaves and debris that often collects there from the previous growing season. Throw all of this away in the trash along with your cuttings. Never let dead material collect around your roses. Finish up your pruning by giving your rose Evelyn a fresh new layer of mulch to start off the growing season.
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