Winter Care of Container Roses
I have read many accounts of what to do with roses for the winter, but not many relating to roses in containers. I have two small (12" - 18" height) roses, each in its own container. I intend to plant each container in the ground and mound soil over the base of the plant. Then IÃ¯Â¿Â½m going to install wood stakes around the roses and secure landscape fabric to the stakes. Finally, I will cover the rose plants completely with straw or leaves. I plan to locate them right up against the concrete foundation of my house on the southwest corner. I know that one rose is a Jackson & Perkins Hybrid Tea that belonged to my wifeÃ¯Â¿Â½s grandmother (so there is some, err, priority to not lose this one). The other is a garden center sale hardy shrub rose that has done quite well.
So now for the questions. Does this sound like a good plan? Is it overkill or not enough? Which is better, straw or leaves?