The best shrub roses. Advanced Antiquity - Rococo
The beautiful and powerful shrub rose "Rokoko" at first glance seems to be a representative of old roses and captivates with nostalgic beauty. But it is not so simple: it is a modern, hardy and unpretentious variety that only “pretends” to be old. Charming watercolor flowers with a complex, as if painted by the artist’s hand delicate apricot color and powerful bushes earned Rococo the title of one of the best cut and garden roses, but also purely practical advantages also deserve separate praise.
Decorative advantages of a modern aristocrat
Rococo rose is ranked among medium-shrub shrub roses: a beautiful woman with a nostalgic charm will reach 120 to 150 cm depending on conditions. It is modern, but it looks like an old one thanks to the nostalgic shape of flowers, a re-blooming variety. The rose was received in 1987 and belongs to the Tantau breeding, today it is considered one of the best German varieties. "Rococo" is a cut, plentiful and long-blooming rose.
Silhouette and foliage
The plant is shaped like a bush, tall, elegant and as if rushing up: the diameter will not exceed 1 meter at a sufficient height. The rose densely branches, has a high density of the crown, impenetrable and massive, looking good both in the hedge and as a background plant. Shoots are characterized by accelerated ripening, very thick, strong. The foliage is discreetly glossy, dark, with a grayish-muted tone of color, against which the watercolor inflorescences of roses seem to sparkle.
Rococo blooms at the very beginning of summer, but the period during which it produces almost relentlessly luxurious flowers will pleasantly surprise you. After all, this rose with an ancient appearance decorates the gardens until October, when the first cold days of late autumn come. The flowers are resistant to rain, but gradually fade, without losing their attractiveness.
Large flowers of this variety are collected in a brush, reach 10 cm in diameter and do not fade for about 2 weeks. Even the Rococo buds are beautiful: yellowish, only pink in the top, with a beautiful sharp tip, they seem too small against the background of large flowers already blossoming. At "Rococo" they are terry, surprisingly picturesque, light wavy petals gives them a nostalgic charm. When the flowers are fully open, the rose seems even more elegant thanks to the bright orange stamens. The fragrance is not strong, but very bright, unusual and fruity.
The palette of this rose only emphasizes its aristocracy. A delicate watercolor color with soft transitions represents the whole wealth of light apricot and pink shades close to it, which, after the flower is completely opened, become almost cream. Closer to autumn, the color of the flowers is becoming more pale.
What to look for when buying
Rococo rose can be purchased both in container form and with an open root system. Particular attention should be paid to inspection of the rhizome: the roots should be strong, not thinned, not dried out, without signs of damage and rot. The number of shoots on seedlings should not be less than three.
Conditions comfortable for Rococo
This shrubby beauty will not fit even a light partial shade. To achieve a long and abundant flowering from a rose, try to provide it with sunny, warm locations and open spaces. The more sunlight a rose receives, the more magnificent it will bloom.
Soil is also easy to pick up. As with any rose, she must be of high quality, processed, high in nutrients, loamy or loamy type. Pay particular attention to drainage: even the slightest risk of stagnation and waterlogging should be avoided. Please note that Rococo cannot be planted in the place where other roses grew before it.
Before planting, take time to improve the soil. The planting site needs to be deeply dug up carefully to loosen the soil, and then already prepare the planting pits, focusing on the size of the seedling rhizome. Mix the soil removed from them with compost, if necessary lay drainage at the bottom.
Do not forget about the seedlings themselves: shorten all shoots to a level of 10-15 cm, remove weak and damaged ones. Water the plants in containers, and soak seedlings with an open root system for at least several hours.
This rose variety is suitable for both spring and autumn planting, but in regions with harsh winters, Rococo is best planted in spring.
The Rococo variety needs space and is extremely sensitive to disturbances in air circulation. So that the rose for many years does not lose its decorativeness, plant it on a distance of about 80 cm - 1 m to other roses or large plants. Within the allotted area, it is better not to use excessively large and tall perennials.
For ordinary seedlings at the bottom of the pit, you need to make a small mound and carefully spread the rhizome along it. Container roses are planted with the preservation of an earthen coma. When installing a rose in the planting hole, make sure that the usual level of penetration for container roses is maintained, and for seedlings with an open root system, make sure that the grafting point is 3-5 cm below the soil line. Fill the planting hole, carefully crushing the soil, and then make a roller from the soil around the perimeter and carry out abundant watering. Immediately after the procedure, create a layer of mulch, and when planting in the autumn, conduct an earthenware.
Watering this shrubby rose, despite the length of the flowering period, is needed only during prolonged periods of drought. Deep soaking of the soil, albeit rare, will allow the rose to bloom relentlessly before the onset of cold weather.
Fertilizers for "Rococo" make only in the first half of the season, until mid-July. The optimal strategy is considered double feeding - early spring and before flowering. For this variety, it is better to use special fertilizers for roses or to carry out spring dressing with full mineral fertilizers, and the second with phosphoric-potash fertilizers. For fertilizing before flowering, organic fertilizers can also be used.
Pruning a rose is a guarantee of the attractiveness of the bush and the preservation of its elegant shape. At "Rococo" pruning is carried out in the spring, cutting off at the soil itself all the intersecting shoots and dry branches going inside the crown. All healthy and strong shoots are shortened by about a third of their length.
To achieve colorful flowering, from the time of planting and throughout the active season, constantly maintain a layer of mulch, updating it at least 2-3 times per season. "Rococo" does not like root overheating, and without mulching she will not be able to produce so many inflorescences.
Preparing for the winter
At the end of the season, do not forget about preventive measures that restrain the spread of pests and diseases. All the leaves that have fallen from the bush must be collected and destroyed before the advent of winter, in no case leaving it until the next season.
Despite sufficient frost resistance, Rococo does not respond well to light snow winters and thaws, so it is better to provide additional protection and shelter for the winter. Before autumn frosts, roses should be spudded using compost or ordinary soil, and the shoots should be covered with spruce branches. You can use the standard air-dry method.
Pests and diseases
This is a persistent rose, which rarely gets sick and maintains endurance even at a respectable age. For Rococo, the greatest danger is stem cancer (an infectious burn), which manifests itself in bright red, gradually fading spots that spread slowly but cover the entire shoot inexorably. At the first signs of the disease, the affected shoots of roses need to be cut off under the stump.
The most winning parties in garden ensembles:
- in hedges of medium height;
- in small groups and as a soloist on lawns and ground cover glades;
- as a composite basis of flower beds and mixborders;
- in the role of a high emphasis on flower beds;
- in colorful compositions by the recreation areas and terraces.
Best partners for Rococo
Choosing companion plants, you should try to avoid saturated, screaming colors that completely level the watercoloriness of the Rococo color and all its nuances. This rose is better combined with perennials with flowering in cold, blue-violet tones or orange-yellow, fiery palette. “Rococo” goes well with knifofia, cuffs, lilies, spikelet lyatris, lavender, geraniums, loosestrife loosestrife, bearded irises, veronica and catnip.