I gave two heirloom rose bushes to R* for his birthday — Yesterday and Cottage Garden from HeirloomRoses.com. The heirloom roses are small when they arrive. We chose these roses bushes because “own root” plants don’t get transplant shock and are more able to adjust to the rooftop conditions.
The roses have only been in their containers for a month and one already has a single bloom.
To allow for growth, we planted the tiny rose bushes in 16″ pots and co-planted the roses with herbs. We picked sea-side varieties that should be adjusted to the windy conditions.
We didn’t plan the color scheme, but the orange-y rose sure looks great with the verigated sage and dark purple basil. As the roses grow, we trim back the herbs.