Iceberg Roses, A Good Starter Rose
Plant A Rose This Spring
The iceberg rose ranks as a great rose for the beginner gardener. I have over 20 years as a professional landscaper and this is my all time favorite rose to plant. When I garden i love to see flowers. One of the easiest ways to get ooodles of flowers in your garden in my opinion is to plant roses. There are many people that believe roses are too much care and humbug. If you fall into this category of gardener then the iceberg rose is for you.
These roses are my favorite because of their brilliant white floral displays. As you see in the picture the iceberg puts out an abundant display of flowers. The iceberg floribunda comes in two categories, clumping and vine or climbing rose. Floribunda means that the flowers come in clusters. So if you look at an iceberg you will not see the traditional one bloom but rather a cluster of flowers at the end of the stem. One stem can have as many as 12 flowers and will fill a room. This is what makes this rose so special. It just blooms all over the place with so little effort and it will keep doing so almost all year long with the exception of the winter. In southern California though, where winters are almost non-existent, I have seen them bloom in the winter.
Care Plant your iceberg's in full sun and in fertile soil that is mildly acidic (6.1-6.5) to acidic (5.6-6.0), and you are off. Water as needed and prune as needed but for the most part this rose just goes. The iceberg variety is so popular that nurseries now offer two new colors besides the pearl white, blush pink and burgundy are now available. These roses can get by on four hours of sun and the rose is considered shade tolerant but you get fewer blooms in the shade. Iceberg climbers get up to 7 to 8 feet and the bush get up to to b 3-4 feet in height. Basically prune as necessary with shears in the late winter and early spring by a third. You really do not have to prune them as well as tea roses and other varieties. Plant these roses 3 to 4 feet apart if planting in a row. This rose is resistant to the following rust and mildew. The iceberg is susceptible to black spot, weak stems and moderately thorny.
Where to plant Plant your icebergs as the main focal point. They do well in large corners or as book ends. You can also make hedges out of them. I once put them out in front of a white picket fence and they were the talk of the street.