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There is no surer sign of spring than the first shipment of seeds arriving at your local nursery or garden store. As we look forward to warmer, sunnier days ahead, many gardeners are checking out the new trend of “peach lemonade” roses, which promise to add sweet pastel hues to your spring garden. Best of all, these peach lemonade roses change colors throughout the season, so you get to feel a little bit like a green-thumbed witch as your roses undergo a mysterious multi-hued transformation.
Peach lemonade roses were first introduced a few years ago, and they have steadily grown in popularity since then. This variety of shrub rose is quite hardy and not too difficult to maintain, which no doubt helps lend to its popularity among novice and expert gardeners alike.
What makes the peach lemonade roses so special is that they begin as a fresh lemon yellow, then slowly fade to a delicate blush pink. Since the hue transformation takes place slowly over the plant’s blooming period, this means that your peach lemonade roses will show off multi-colored hues of pinkish-yellow as the flower slowly changes color during the season.
Peach lemonade roses make a breathtaking yet subtle display of colors in your garden, making them the perfect addition for borders and landscape edging, as well as for cutting gardens.
These roses bloom well into fall, so you will have lots of time to enjoy their beauty before winter arrives. They do best in USDA Hardiness Zones 3-9, and over winter, these tough little beauties can handle temperatures down to -40 Fahrenheit.
Planting peach lemonade roses is also quite easy and approachable, even for the newest gardener. This is the best time of year to plant roses, but make sure that spring weather has truly begun in earnest in your area and that there won’t be a surprise frost coming up. In other words, watch out for false spring, especially if you live in the Midwest.
Find a spot in your garden that gets lots of sunlight and also has good drainage. Then, all you have to do is dig a hole twice the width of your potted roses while ensuring that the hole is equal in depth to the rose’s root ball. (A good rule of thumb is to plant rose shrubs about 16 inches wide by 16 inches deep.) Plant your peach lemonade roses about 3 feet apart if you’re planning to have multiple shrubs next to each other.
Then, give your plants lots of water to help them get nice and settled in the dirt, then step back and let Mother Nature do the rest.
Ready to plant some peach lemonade roses in your own garden? Bloomin’ Easy has a step-by-step video:
Caring For Your Peach Lemonade Roses
Throughout the season, it’s a good idea to fertilize your peach lemonade rose shrubs regularly to help ensure that their hues stay vibrant and healthy. For those with a busy schedule who don’t have as much time to be in the garden, slow-release fertilizers like Jobe’s Organics Rose & Flower Fertilizer Spikes can take some of the guesswork (and legwork!) out of fertilizing, as you simply place a spike 1 to 2 inches below the ground in a circle around your rose bush.
It’s best to do this in early spring, so right now is the perfect time. The fertilizer spikes will feed your plants all season long, so you can spend more time sitting back and enjoying your garden.
You will also need to occasionally prune your peach lemonade roses in order to keep them thriving. Better Homes and Gardens has helpful tips on pruning your rose bushes.
If you don’t find peach lemonade roses at your local nursery or gardening store, you can shop for this variety of roses at online nursery stores like Bloomin’ Easy, White Flower Farm and Wayside Gardens.