June is National Rose Month

June 01, 2018
Categories: Garden
Tags: roses, gardening

June is National Rose Month, and we are excited to celebrate by spending a little time chatting about these beautiful blooms. Roses are believed to be over 35 million years old, which means the rose has been filling the air with their sweet scent for a long time! It wasn’t until about 5,000 years ago, however, that people began to actually cultivate roses in their gardens, and it’s believed that the practice actually began in China. Roses have been used for many purposes over the years, including being used for medicinal purposes, as a source of perfume, and even as a symbol during wartime. If you’re interested in the history of this beautiful bloom, you can read all about it right here.

Roses might seem like an intimidating flower to grow in your garden, but despite their somewhat high-maintenance nature, they never fail to return your efforts with bushels of blooms all season long. So, in honor of National Rose Month, here are a few fun facts about roses, and tips for caring for them.

6 Quick Facts For National Rose Month

  • Rose bushes should be planted in the late autumn or early spring. Most modern rose variations bloom throughout the growing season, giving you plenty of time to enjoy their beauty.

  • You can grow a rose bush of your own with just one rose and a whole lot of patience. Here’s how to do it.  

  • PRO TIP: Make sure you use  high quality organic garden soil

  • There are more than 150 different variations of roses. That’s a lot of different blooms you could try in your yard!

  • Different colored roses have different widely accepted meanings or intentions attached to them. For example, we all know the red rose signifies love, but did you know that a yellow rose may actually imply “infidelity?” Be sure to check out this guide to rose colors before you gift your next bouquet!

  • A study that polled 30,000 gardeners across the country found that roses are the favorite flower to grow (beating out 99 other flowers).

  • The oldest rose bush in the world is believed to be in Germany - it is said to be over 1,000 years old!

It might be too late in the season to plant your own rose bushes, but June is a great time to do some research and get ready to start a rose garden of your own later this year. Or, if you prefer, you can just celebrate National Rose Month with a quick trip to your local florist to grab a big bouquet to display in your home.

However you decide to do it, be sure to spend a little time this month celebrating this fragrant, beautiful flower!