There are organic alternatives to rose pest and
disease control – including growing garlic!
Roses, apart from being beautiful are also probably the most loved flower in British gardens - and one of the most useful.
Rose petals are commonly harvested for use in cosmetics, dried for pot pourri, or added to jams, syrup or water for flavour. You can also crystallise them for use as cake decorations.
Rose hips contain more vitamin C gram-for-gram than oranges with even higher levels in the older heritage varieties. They can be used in jams, syrups and soups or just left on the plant as winter food for birds.