There is nothing quite as romantic as a bunch of roses and nothing quite so rewarding as being able to cut them from your own garden. Our Perfect for Cutting range has been carefully bred, grown and curated to provide the finest range of cut roses with strong clear stems and thicker petals for an extended vase life.
Rose Athena® stands as a distinguished member of the esteemed range of 'Perfect for Cutting' range, with its large very double blooms. Athena® has pure white petals mixed with cerise pink tips that will set the garden party alive; this rose is a timeless symbol of purity and elegance with quite the personality to match. The lush, dark green foliage creates a striking contrast, with a backdrop to ensure the perpetual flowers are noticed throughout the growing season.
As a cutting rose, Athena® is perfect for crafting stunning bouquets and arrangements, making it an ideal choice for those who appreciate both the aesthetics and practicality of their garden. It also thrives as a standalone beauty or as part of an ensemble, commanding attention wherever it's planted. Whether adorning your garden borders or gracing your favourite vase, Athena® Rose infuses your outdoor and indoor spaces with classic charm and fragrance, with a floral scent and spice and citrus to entice you.
Rose Athena® is a versatile choice that adds timeless beauty and fragrance to any garden design including, Cottage gardens, Mediterranean gardens and Small gardens, transforming it into a sanctuary of elegance and charm.
Planting the Rose Athena® involves creating the perfect conditions to ensure its lasting beauty and fragrance. Select a well-drained, loamy soil that provides excellent moisture retention without water-logging. This rose variety thrives in locations that receive a minimum of six hours of direct sunlight daily, ensuring vibrant growth and blooming. When planting, dig a hole slightly larger than the root ball, ensuring that the graft union is at ground level, allowing for proper root development and stability. Ensuring that the graft union (i.e. where the cultivar joins the rootstock and the point from which the branches originate) is at soil level (not below as this is reported to increase the risk of rose dieback).
Spacing is essential, with individual roses typically needing 2 to 3 feet of separation. To encourage the most favourable conditions for these roses, it's crucial to maintain consistent soil moisture. Applying a layer of organic compost around the base helps regulate soil temperature, reduce weed growth, and retain moisture. By adhering to these planting conditions, you'll provide the perfect environment for your Athena® to thrive.
Watering and feeding the Rose Athena® is vital for its vitality and ability to showcase its stunning features. When it comes to watering, strive for consistent moisture in the soil. Deep watering is essential, ensuring the roots are thoroughly saturated, particularly during hot or dry periods. Morning watering is advisable to allow the foliage to dry during the day, reducing the risk of fungal diseases. To prevent potential issues, avoid overhead watering and opt for methods like soaker hoses to deliver water directly to the base of the plant.
Feeding is equally important. Slow release rose fertiliser is ideal. Typically, two feedings in Spring and late Spring or early Summer are beneficial. However, take care not to over-fertilise with excessive nitrogen, as this can lead to vigorous foliage growth at the expense of blooms.
General care for Rose Athena® is vital to ensure its health and showcase its exquisite beauty. Regular pruning, typically during the dormant season in late Winter or early Spring, involves the removal of dead or diseased branches, shaping the plant, and stimulating fresh growth and continuous blooming. Practicing deadheading throughout the growing season by removing spent blossoms encourages new flower production.
Vigilance against common rose pests, such as aphids and spider mites, is essential, with prompt action through appropriate remedies if needed. Feeding the rose is crucial, employing slow release rose fertiliser, following recommended application rates and schedules.