Easy Care Thornless Roses

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Zephirine Drouhin – Thornless Climber

“The optimist sees the rose and not its thorns; the pessimist stares at the thorns, oblivious to the rose.” ~ Kahlil Gibran.

One of the reasons some gardeners never grow roses is because they don’t want to have to deal with the thorns (actually the true name for these is “prickles” but most people commonly refer to them as “thorns”), but now that problem is taken care of by the breeding of thornless or nearly thornless roses …

Many people think the flowers are hard enough to take care of without having your skin punctured every time you pick a flower or try to prune a rose bush. True rose lovers think that enduring a few bad skin pricks or scratches is nothing when it comes to experiencing the beauty of roses …

If you are a person who detests thorns, take a look at some of the newer thornless (or almost thornless) easy care roses before you give up on roses altogether …

Plus, these thornless roses are great to use to teach children how to grow and appreciate roses. They are also much easier for senior citizens to handle, and people who are prone to infections who must avoid broken skin …

Here are some of my suggestions for easy care “thornless” roses:

“Zephirine Drouhin” is an old-fashioned thornless climbing rose. It features deep, rose-pink, semi-double flowers and glossy medium grass green foliage. A very fragrant rose these beautiful climbers grow up to twelve feet and higher. It is in bloom for the entire season from May to the fall …

You can train this lovely rose bush to grow on a trellis, archway, or along the rails of a veranda, porch or deck.

“Pacific Serenade” is a deep yellow miniature thornless rose. Growing to only 3 ft. this is an excellent choice for growing in containers or for young gardeners.

This rose is disease resistant, remains upright, fragrant, and will produce blooms in clusters for lots of color …

“J.P. Connell” is a creamy white, virtually thornless shrub rose which grows to 3 ft. high, but spreads to about 5 feet wide …

The dark green foliage is abundant and disease resistant. This rose has its own root. The advantage of own root roses is that once established they are very resilient. Hardy to USDA Hardiness Zone 3, this is a good choice for us northern gardeners …

“Tea Clipper” features rich apricot colored blooms on this upright shrub rose. The flowers are large (similar to peonies) and have a lovely fragrance which can be described as a mix of tea, myrrh and fruit, although sometimes it is pure citrus in scent. It is almost completely without thorns and is particularly healthy …

“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

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