Roses of the North
The University of Minnesota's Roses of the North Web site offers in-depth information on rose growing. Scroll down on this landing page to view the table of contents. The site includes a number of charts, such as a floral traits table that evaluates rose varieties on several flower characteristics. Another chart details different varieties' seasonal rebloom pattern. If a rose thrives in Minnesota's cold winters, it's likely to thrive here in the Northeast.
Growing Roses Organically
Clear information on managing pests is a hallmark of Rodale Organic Gardening Books, and Growing Roses Organically: Your Guide to Creating an Easy-Care Garden Full of Fragrance and Beauty, (2002, $35) is no exception. Author Barbara Wilde refutes the myth that growing roses means spraying synthetic pesticides to control diseases and insects. In addition to the vital pest management information, Wilde also includes a summary of rose classifications, variety recommendations (both heirloom and recent introductions), and colorful photos. She rounds out the book by including design ideas, a rose care calendar, and an extensive index.