ROSES HAVE A WIDE VARIETY OF USES
The most wonderful thing about roses is that they flower heavily; and for long periods, some flower heavily only in spring, others can flower almost all year round. This makes them most useful for adding colour to a garden. Like most plants, roses look best when massed (ie. the more you plant together, the better they look). If you want the best effect from roses, think carefully about the colours you use. Consider the background to where the roses will be planted. If the backdrop is a dark wall or dark foliage; you need light coloured flowers for optimum contrast. If the backdrop is a white wall, there is not much point planting white flowering roses. Consider also the contrasts of colours close to each other and how vibrant warm colours make an are appear warmer and cosier, cooler colours give a softer, more delicate, more spaceous appearance ‘en masse’
CUT FLOWER ROSES
Roses are grown as cut flowers both in the open ground, and in greenhouses.
Some cut flower rose farms grow the plants hydroponically, and others in soil. The varieties chosen for growing in commercial greenhouses are specific varieties that suit these growing conditions and meet the consumer market specifications for cut flowers and floristry work
EDIBLE AND MEDICINAL ROSES
Some forms of roses are used specifically for the edible market because they have higher qualify oils, more nutritious levels of Vitamin C in the hips and/or stronger oils in the flower petals. The climatic conditions the plants are growing in too will make a difference to these levels. Rose based foods are considered to be highly nutritional. Rose hips provide high levels of vitamin C and Vitamin E., as well as being a medicinal cure for a number of ailments. Rose oil is used to cool a hot inflammation, rose water is used to cool and refresh the weak and faint spirits, and to soothe sore red eyes.
A decoction of red roses made with white wine is very good for a headache and pain in the eyes, ears, throat and gums.
Rose Hips have been said (in various places) to have the following medicinal properties:
While most sources claim rose to be a very safe medicinal product, some negative affects have occasionally been mentioned, including:
Asthma caused by breathing in dried, powdered rose hips
Headaches, heartburn, nausea or insomnia
Despite occasional references to negative reactions to rose hips; most authorities consider rose hips to be very safe to eat. (Consider: Some people have bad reactions to sugar, flour, dairy products, and other common foods. Roses are probably no more of a problem than any of these; affecting only some people).