If you love roses but are afraid of taking the plunge or just don’t want the extra maintenance, new shrub and landscape roses as well as old garden roses, may change your mind. They are all beautiful, easy to grow and most need little maintenance depending on your climate.
The following roses do well in the Pacific Northwest, specifically Vancouver, BC. Winters are wet; sometimes it snows but mostly its green and wet. Summers are not very hot, but they are quite dry. Most of these roses do well here, despite the lack of sun and heat for much of the year. Black spot is a problem, so is mildew, never mind the aphids. We need disease tolerant roses that don't mind wet, grey days and cool temperatures.
No matter where you live, select roses that grow best in your area. Most of the roses mentioned here do well in most of North America and the UK. If it is difficult to grow roses in your neck of the woods, go to your local nursery, ask your rose growing neighbours and check out rose clubs and societies in you area.
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Hybridizers and breeders have worked diligently to develop continuous flowering, pest free, hardy, dependable roses that are beautiful. Flower clusters replace the traditional romantic single rose. Tresses of flower laden canes throughout the summer translates well as a reliable garden shrub. Many are also fragrant. Canadian breeders have developed hardy roses for the north with their Canadian Explorer Series, named after explorers of note. Other easy roses that take the worry and stress out of rose growing include Parkland Roses, Meidiland Landscape Rose, Flower Carpet Rose, OSO Easy Roses by Proven Winners and Knock Out roses.
Other easy care roses are Old Garden roses: Alba, Centifolia, Damask, Gallica, Moss, China, Bourbon, Hybrid Perpetual, Noisette and Tea roses are made of tougher stuff. Some bloom only once, but when they do, they drip with beautiful and bountiful blossoms. Flowers are usually fragrant, come in a myriad of colours and either bear 5 petals to blossoms bursting with them. Some bear colourful hips come fall, which also feed hungry birds during the winter.
Species roses (wild roses) have been unaltered by plant breeders. They grow on their own roots and are not grafted like the hybrid teas, grandifloras and floribundas. This makes them hardy and pest resistant especially when grown in their native habitat. The Nootka rose hails from Nootka Sound in BC, others include Lady Banks’ rose, Alberta rose, Musk rose and the Multiflora rose.
Worthy of a mention are shrub roses Hybrid musk and the Rugosa rose. They are also easy care and bloom more than once, are fragrant, bear nice rose hips and tolerate partial shade. They are tough, hardy and the bees and birds love them.
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