Growing Roses - Knowledgebase Question

Perkasie, PA
Question by showshanna
March 3, 2000
I am starting a rose garden this summer, and would like any ideas on the best types of roses.

Answer from NGA
March 3, 2000


There are so many different types of roses and named varieties within each type that it would be impossible to begin to tell you what to try -- it would depend if you were looking for a particular color or fragrance or growth habit and so on. Since you are new to roses you might want to look at a book or two about roses to help you understand the general categories and then the distinctions between them and then between the different named varieties. One I particularly like is "Roses for Dummies" by Lance Walheim, ISBN 0-7645-5031-4, Dummy Press.

Since I am not fond of high maintenance plants of which hybrid tea roses are the epitome, I tend to prefer the old fashioned shrub roses such as named selections of Rosa rugosa and a few of the very tough polyanthas; my favorite rose might be "The Fairy", a polyantha, but as I said your choice might be totally different.

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