This is an illustrated guide to varieties, cultivation and care, with step-by-step instructions and over 145 glorious photographs. It offers advice on buying, planting, mulching, growing, feeding, weeding, deadheading and watering miniature roses, both in the open ground and in containers. It features a full photographic directory of over 50 beautiful varieties, including Centifolia roses, China roses, polyanthas, patio roses, ground-cover roses, miniature bush roses and miniature climbers. It offers step-by-step guidance on propagation and pruning, and how to deal with common pests and diseases. Roses are one of the world's best-loved flowers, and in today's smaller gardens where space is often limited, the advent of miniature varieties has caused a revolution in rose growing. This accessible handbook is a practical grower's guide that includes a fascinating history of the miniature rose, an illustrated directory of varieties, and care and maintenance instructions for growing, propagating and pruning.
The versatility and compact size of miniature roses, combined with their ability to produce beautiful blooms in hues ranging from muted pastels to the most vibrant shades, allows gardeners with even the tiniest of plots to experience all the joys of growing roses.
Lin Hawthorne is a professional horticulturalist and the editor and consultant on a number of gardening reference books. She lives and works at Castle Howard in Yorkshire, England.