Follow these pointers to create a rosy oasis

It can be easier than many realize to make your garden an inviting retreat.

Few plants are more rewarding than roses.

These tips can help to turn your garden into a flowery oasis:

• A sweet spot. Roses like six or more hours of sunshine a day and need air to circulate around them to keep disease at bay.

• Stay hydrated. A new plant needs plenty of water to get situated in its new home.

Give the plant a good soaking once or twice a week, depending on how hot it is.

• The right rose. The All-America Rose Selections awards its annual red rose logo only to new roses that pass years of testing in all climates. Get the ones most suited to your soil and you can enjoy a proven performer year after year.

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