Thursday, August 22, 2013

Rose Labels

It is important to me to make sure that every rose in my garden is labeled ... legibly and permanently.   I have experimented with all sorts of ways to do this, with mixed success.  The method I'm using now is the best and most cost effective way I have found.

New Label.

The metal tag is the "Heavy-duty Rose Label" from Paw Paw Everlast Label Company.  The wire stand goes through the label part, so there's no way it can fall off and get lost.


I use a DecoColor paint marker to write the information on my labels.  You can buy these paint markers at just about any craft store.  Do NOT use a Sharpie Marker!  Sharpie is ink, and it will weather away and fade within a year.  The paint marker is just that, PAINT, and it will stay on the label pretty much forever. 

As an extra bit of insurance, I also write the information in pencil on the back of the label.  One can't be TOO safe, don't ya know.

With all of the roses labeled, visitors know what they are looking at ... and they don't have to run around to find me to ask.  It's also a lot better for me, too, so I don't have to dig out my planting plan to ID a rose with a faded tag.

Four-year-old Label.

(That fresh mulch in the background of some of these photos represents what I've been up to for the past couple of days.  It's nothing monumental, but I think it will be a big improvement.  I will show it to you tomorrow, after I'm finished.  Stay tuned.)

P.S.  The plumber gave us good news on the possibility of adding water to the Shack.  Now it's a matter of checking out a few more things, deciding whether or not we want to do it, and figuring out how much it will cost.  (Don't know about the Shack?  Click HERE to read what we're doing with the renovation of this little building.)


  1. I seemed to have more problems with bugs and pests after i put mulch around my roses so i later removed it. Do you have that trouble?
    Hugs! deb

  2. Thanks for the tip about the plant markers and NOT using a Sharpie, my favorite inside marker now.♥♫

  3. Great labels and stands! Good tip about not using a Sharpie, too!

  4. You have so many roses that you cannot do without labels. You have found very useful and nice looking labels and the paint markers are quite a good idea, my plantnames are always fading away.

  5. That's a great idea. I don't know how many plants I have labeled and the labels blew away or washed out so that I couldn't read them. Good luck on the shack. I hope you decide to add the water-if it's not too expensive- xo Diana

  6. I think it's a great idea! I bought plants a few years ago at a Mount Vernon plant sale, and I marked them, but have now lost the markers and have no idea what they are, other than pretty flowers! :-)

  7. Hi Connie, Well I was not surprised when you wrote you use Paw Paw Everlast. I have found them to be the best quality for the money too. Of course, I have no where near as many roses as you do!

  8. I like your idea of the marking paint. We have been using Brothers P-touch tape to print the names. We have more money in the tape than in the markers from Paw Paw.


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