It comes as no surprise that roses are considered herbs, when we realize that herbs are often defined as “the useful plants.” Aside from their great beauty, roses bring a sense of global history to our gardens, as they are a truly ancient and widespread group of plants.
As to their usefulness, the Herb Society of America has this to say: “Roses are used mainly for culinary and craft purposes. Rose essential oil is used by the perfume industry for fragrance. Rose petals can be used to make elixirs, tinctures and vinegars. In the landscape, roses can be used as feature plants or be massed together in borders.” Be assured also that the presence of their blooms will be great attractions to the many beneficial insects we need for healthy gardens.
As we begin the new year, it’s a very good time to add a rose to the garden or to plant a new one in a container, as planting in the cool months will allow the new rose to become established before summer arrives. And along with their blooms will come the hard-working beneficials and pollinators to keep the whole garden healthy and beautiful.