The beauty and fragrance of a rose makes us stop for a minute to enjoy life.
Growing your own roses can be a challenge but here are a few tips to help you be successful.
Tea roses are not hardy for our zone. Years ago they were our only option. They required a lot of care and winter protection and still did not fare well over winter. We now have wonderful new options for growing roses.
At Natural Plus we carry a few varieties of roses that are much more hardy, disease resistant, and rebloom. Here are some of those varieties:
Easy Elegance Roses : Easy Elegance roses are very hardy, highly disease resistant, and colors are stunning. Some varieties that we carry include:
Coral Cove – Coral colored, everblooming, grows 24”
High Voltage – Bright yellow, recurrent blooms, grows 3-5’
Kashmir – Dark red tea like blooms, grows 2 ½-4’
Music Box – Stunning yellow and pink blend, grows 3’
Paint the Town – Everblooming, medium red, grows 2-3’
Nearly Wild – Nearly wild roses are one of our most hardy varieties. They bloom all summer. Blooms resemble the bloom of a wild rose. If there is a particularly hard winter, they usually come back from the root. Grow 2-3’
Purple Pavement –Purple pavement is a rugosa rose with fuschia colored blooms that grow in clusters. They are very fragrant and plants are extremely hardy. Blooms turn to beautiful red “rose hips” in fall. Grow 3-5’.
Climbing Roses: At Natural Plus we carry 2 varieties that we feel are the most hardy: William Baffin is a prolific bloomer with medium pink blooms. John Cabot is a deep red colored. These require a trellis.
Knock-Out Roses- We continue to carry knock-out roses that bloom all summer in red or pink. We have found these to be a little more susceptible to winter kill, but some people have had excellent luck with them. Good maintenance and protection over winter are the keys to success.