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Low Maintenance Roses

So you want to grow roses, but don’t want to fuss?  Don’t worry - you can have beautiful roses with minimal care.

I love the beauty of roses, but for years had to tell gardeners their plants are diseased, insect infested or had died.  Fortunately advances in breeding have changed this, making growing roses something any gardener can enjoy. 

The repeat blooming shrub roses are hardy and disease resistant.  Bonica and the Carefree series have been gracing our gardens for years.  Newer introductions like the Knock Out and Flower Carpet series have expanded the selection of hardy repeat-blooming shrub roses.

Larger shrub roses like John Cabot and William Baffin can be trained as climbers.  No winter protection, just a lot of space, is needed for these big re-blooming rose plants.

New Dawn and Fourth of July are a few climbers that need minimal care and can survive even zone 5 sometimes zone 4 winters without protection.

A bit more information: Own root hybrid tea roses are gaining popularity.  These roses are grown on their own roots instead of being grafted onto a hardier root stock.  This method avoids problems with some diseases and avoids some of the problems experienced with grafted roses.  These roses are slower to get established and usually will not bloom the first year in your garden.  Start with larger well-rooted plants for better results.

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