Roses For Beginners: Top Five

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Double Knock Out Rose

Double Knock Out Rose in Red

Over the last ten years, new easy to grow rose varieties have been introduced to eliminate the intimidation factor of growing these beautiful plants.

If you’ve tried to grow roses before without much success, take heart and give them another try. These terrific varieties have been bred to be hardy in Zone 5, low maintenance, and disease resistant …

You can expect a season of color and reward without much fuss!

“What a lovely thing a rose is!… Our highest assurance of Providence seems to me to rest in the flowers. All other things, our powers, our desires, our food are all really necessary for our existence in the first instance. But this rose is an extra. Its smell and color are an embellishment of life, not a condition of it. It is only goodness which gives extras, and so I say again that we have much to hope from the flowers.”

― Arthur Conan Doyle

Here are my recommended “Top Five Roses for Beginners”:

1. Knock Out Roses: These popular, hardy, and prolific shrub roses are show-stoppers all season long. They now come in seven different colors ranging from red-pinks to coral-yellows. Developed to withstand the hot, humid summers and cold, blustery winters of the Midwest … these are the best-selling rosebushes of all time …

2. Flower Carpet Roses: Compact and ever-blooming this series was started in Germany in the 1990’s. These are considered groundcover roses and are very popular with landscapers due to their easy to maintain attributes. Available in many different color variations. They work well both in the ground and in containers. I’m currently growing ‘Flower Carpet Amber’ with its peachy-amber blooms in a pot with several complimentary annuals …

3. Easy Elegance Rose Collection: These easy care shrub roses with superb disease resistance are now available in 20 different types. They are long-blooming, cold hardy, and good for cutting. I have ‘Sunrise Sunset’ in my garden (a gorgeous blend of bright fuchsia-pink petals, blending to apricot near the centers). Also ‘High Voltage’ with stunningly beautiful yellow double blooms …

4. Rugosa Shrub Roses: Known for their extreme hardiness, their alluring spicy scent, and attractive foliage Rugosas are rugged yet pretty. They are grown on their own roots and do not need winter protection. One of my favorites is ‘Blanc Double de Coubert’ with her pure white blooms that absolutely glow. Elegant and easy to grow! Another standout is ‘Martin Frobisher’ one of the first Explorer series super-hardy roses bred in Canada. The flowers are a very pretty milky pink and noted for being almost thornless …

5. Oso Easy Shrub Roses: These gorgeous charmers are new to the landscape rose scene. They are tested to be very resistant to black spot and powdery mildew – the most common rose diseases. They are also self-cleaning and ever-blooming. Winning rave reviews! I just purchased ‘Oso Easy Peachy Cream’. I love some of the other names too: ‘Cherry Pie’, ‘Honey Bun’, & ‘Strawberry Crush’ among them. I’m getting hungry just typing them! ; )

 

 

 

 

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