"Fairmount Proserpine" rose bush

Asked September 6, 2014, 1:21 PM EDT

My Fairmount Proserpine rose bush needs trimming. It is planted next to my front porch steps, on a corner leading to the sidewalk to the backyard gate. It is fragrant and lovely, but overgrown. It was planted in 2003 , it is an own-root rose. How should I trim this rose bush, and what shape is best? When is the best time to trim this rose bush?

Denver County Colorado trees and shrubs

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Hi,

Thank you for contacting us with your questions.

Here is an excerpt from CSU Extension's fact sheet on pruning roses: “Shrub and old garden roses flower on older wood and should be pruned only lightly by removing dead, damaged and diseased wood, along with any crossing or weak canes at ground level. Do not remove the faded blossoms because this will eliminate the rose hips which are attractive in fall and winter. The exception to removing old blossoms, is on roses that flower twice a season. Deadhead these roses after the first flush of bloom.” Here is the entire fact sheet:

http://www.ext.colostate.edu/ptlk/1725.html

It is best to prune your roses in the spring. Please see this fact sheet on winter care of roses: http://www.ext.colostate.edu/ptlk/1726.html