Roses as Landscape Shrubs - Knowledgebase Question

Burtrum, MN
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Question by jmolk
May 28, 1998
I am in charge of landscaping a 10-acre park here in my home town. I would like to have a border of roses along the northside (in lieu of fences). What varieties are hardy (zone 3) and easy to care for?

Answer from NGA
May 28, 1998
Where winters are really hostile (-30 degrees F and colder), you're best option is to plant the very hardiest shrub roses, particularly any of the Morden and Explorer series from Canada, and/or any of the rugosas.

Winter protection isn't a must for the shrub roses or the rugosas, but I probably would provide some protection anyway, just to protect the town's investment.

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