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Autumn Newsletter – March 2021

NEW RELEASE ROSES FOR 2021 - Order your Roses early to avoid disappointment

Autumn is the time for rose lovers to select and order their new rose varieties ready for planting in June, July or August as bare-root roses. New rose cultivars at Knight’s Roses undergo several years of field trials and after rigorous and lengthy assessment only the best varieties are released.

Bare-root roses adapt readily to their new location when planted. Sites for new roses should be prepared now by applying a good compost together with Neutrog’s Seamungus pellets and GoGo Juice and regularly “dig over” the ground every month prior to planting. This will ensure the site is full of nutrients and beneficial microbes to support the newly planted rose.


Bees’ Paradise Roses ®

These new patio/landscape roses are for professional use in parks and gardens as well as an exciting addition for home gardens. The four varieties from German rose breeder, Tantau, will delight nature lovers and create a colourful display in the garden.

These roses combine beauty, colour and the efficiency of minimal maintenance. They are ideal in mass planting, small groups, borders, rockeries, informal or traditional gardens or as a container plant. They feature almost continuous flowering and the spent flowers drop reasonably cleanly. The large clusters of single or semi-double flowers open fully to allow the pollen and nectar to be easily accessible to bees and other insects.

Award winning Bees’ Paradise Roses ® will be launched throughout Australia as bagged 2-year-old roses in winter, freshly potted 2-year-old plants in August and September and as potted roses grown from cuttings in October onwards.

Bees’ Paradise Rose® RED

This compact patio / landscape rose is very free flowering. It is easy to grow with excellent resistance to Mildew and good resistance to other fungal diseases. Deadheading is not essential but helps re-bloom and shapes the bush. It grows to 40-60cm with glossy, dark green foliage. This versatile patio rose.

Bees’ Paradise Rose® WHITE

Classified as a Shrub Rose, this patio or landscape rose is very compact and free flowering. Abundant semi-double flowers are produced in clusters, starting with blush pink buds opening to pure white blooms. While deadheading is not essential, it does accelerate the next flush. This healthy, low maintenance bush grows to approximately 30 – 50cm and has excellent resistance to Mildew and good resistance to other fungal diseases.

Unconditional Love

This intensely fragrant, classic rose is a sport of the popular Hybrid Tea “Love You”. Medium pink, large pointed buds unfold to produce beautiful spiral shaped flowers with a lighter cream reverse, complemented by lush dark green foliage. Perfect for picking as a cut flower. The healthy bush is tall and upright, growing to 1.6 metres and it produces a prolific number of roses to create a beautiful display in your garden. Combining quality, beauty and fragrance, it will repeat flower throughout the growing season.

Bees’ Paradise Rose® BICOLOUR

These little gems with bright golden stamens attract bees to your garden and create a lovely display. Bees’ Paradise Bicolour features clusters of salmon pink flowers with a soft, yellow centre fading to pastel shades. The bush is 40-60cm with glossy, dark green foliage and excellent resistance to Mildew and good resistance to Blackspot and other fungal diseases. It is free-flowering, hardy and dense, ideal for any landscaping situation.

Bees’ Paradise Rose® PINK

This multi-award winning low growing shrub rose suits many landscaping situations, and is slightly more prostrate than other varieties in this collection. Clusters of semi-double pink flowers open to reveal rich yellow stamens. Easy to grow and very disease resistant to Mildew and Blackspot. It has continuous or quick repeat flowering. Deadheading is not essential, but it does help speed up the next flush and shape the bush. Grows to 60cm. Best Rose in Trial in France and Best Patio Rose in Trials in Czech Republic and Spain.

Ruby Ribbons

Ruby Ribbons is a very disease resistant, new spreading rose bred by Harkness in the UK. The blooms are fascinating with petals that are very dark red with hints of black on the edges. However, the dark colours of the petals are offset by bright centres that feature prominent yellow stamens. This is a mildly scented, compact but spreading bush (60cm high x 80cm wide) that will trail down over a low wall or the side of a pot. When grown on a flat site, the bushes produce an attractive, mounding groundcover effect without becoming too big. It is an ideal rose for garden beds or borders.

Follow Your Dreams

This classic Australian bred Hybrid Tea rose produces large, bright pink, high pointed blooms with a mild fragrance on long straight stems. It is a hardy, upright bush to 1m tall with tough disease resistant foliage. A colourful rose which produces a large number of flowers to delight home gardeners.

Hot Pink Bonica

This Floribunda makes an excellent landscape rose producing large sprays of small to medium sized hot pink blooms with a light fragrance and will repeat quickly throughout the season if trimmed regularly. This is an exceptionally healthy bush, ideal for mass planting. Produces hips if left unpruned in Autumn.


“If I’m happy with the shape of my rose, especially my climbing roses, can I snap/cut off all the water shoots coming from the base?” – Andrea

This is not recommended. The water shoots, when mature, will replace the older canes on your rose and provide you with your best flowering option in the future.

“When spraying for aphids can you also include a liquid fertiliser in the spray so you fertilise through the leaves as well?” – Merrilyn

We would not recommend doing this. Most foliage liquid fertilisers are best applied separately to sprays which control pests and diseases.

“What is the best process to use when replacing a rose with a new one?” – Fenella

The recommended approach is:

Remove the old rose in March/April, including as many roots as possible.

Remove half a wheelbarrow of soil from this location and replace with half a wheelbarrow of soil from a place in your garden which has not had roses (e.g., your vegetable patch).

Dig in compost as well as Neutrog’s Seamungus pellets and GoGo Juice.

Dig over monthly with additional Seamungus and GoGo Juice.

Plant your new rose in June or July.