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Danville Illinois
Feb 20, 2019 9:40 AM CST
I'm new to the wonderful world of Roses.. I'm from the Illinois area and I'd like to start a rose garden... Any advice would be helpful.
Name: Paul
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Feb 20, 2019 9:53 AM CST
Make a real effort to prepare the soil of your potential rose garden. Work in a generous amount of organic matter and a light sprinkling of a balanced fertilizer. Visit some established rose gardens if you can. What appeals to you? H.T.s, Grandifloras, Floribundas, English (David Austin), Miniatures, etc. The choice is endless. Buy the best plants available and plant at the proper time. Choose bare root or established in pots. Roses like water. When they bloom dead head the old blossoms to encourage new blooms.....enjoy.
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Name: Sue
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Feb 20, 2019 10:19 AM CST

A page of info about roses in Illinois:

You might also want to check out the Rose Forum here on this site:
Coastal Southern California (Zone 13a)
Feb 22, 2019 12:23 PM CST
One more recommendation --
Consider visiting the American Rose Society website:

Look for the "Local Society" listing"

One or more of the societies listed for IL should be able to help you with location-specific information, that can give you a good start on creating a rose garden.

Feb 22, 2019 11:26 PM CST
Hi Lisa,
My parents have roses in northern IL, so these thoughts are based on experience with their roses.

You will have a lot of winter die-back, even if you winter protect your roses (especially after a year like this one!) Therefore, I suggest you purchase own-root roses if possible, and if you do get grafted roses be sure to bury the graft. Own-root roses of appropriately hardy varieties for your zone will come back from the root, even if all of their above-ground growth dies back in winter. If you like David Austin roses, I know that Crown Princess Margareta is especially vigorous in their garden.

Japanese beetles are a real scourge in parts of IL, and unfortunately those beetles LOVE to eat roses. As a possible way of addressing this, my parents are trying some once-blooming old garden roses, hoping that they will finish their bloom cycle before the beetles appear. The jury is still out on whether or not this will work (likely it will work with some varieties and not with others). Another way they deal with the beetles is to cut their roses as soon as they start to open, bringing them into the house in vases during beetle season (to avoid providing rose snacks for the beetles).

I hope that helps!
Name: seil
St Clair Shores, MI (Zone 6a)
Feb 23, 2019 6:53 PM CST
Start with just a few to get your feet wet. The first one I always recommend is Julia Child. Easy to grow, vigorous, healthy, winter hardy, beautiful and fragrant. You can't beat that! It should be easy to find locally. Knockouts are OK but BORING! Look at Home Run instead. I find it's actually healthier than KO. And maybe Quietness. Most of the Griffith Buck roses were bred for winter hardiness and that will help in your zone. I would steer clear of the fancy exhibition type hybrid teas in the beginning. Yes, they can be gorgeous but they are also harder to grow and tend to be more winter tender. Once you've gotten a few seasons under your belt and learned the basics you can branch out and experiment with the more difficult varieties.
Zone 9, Sunset Zone 9 (Zone 9b)
Feb 23, 2019 7:15 PM CST
Welcome! As you are finding out, us rose people LOVE to chat about our roses! You may also want to check out the Kordes roses as they are grown in Germany without any sprays on them, so they are very hardy and beautiful! Roses Unlimited has own root Kordes roses. You can see pictures of them here on this website in the gallery section or data base. You can also look them up on Help Me Find Roses. Another great data base. I have absolutely no experience growing roses in your area but lucky for you, several folks on here do! Burlington nursery is also another great place for own root roses and she sells bands. Those you would have to pot up first before you plant them in your garden but her plants are wonderful. Also Northland Rosarium is another own root rose nursery. They have beautiful grounds and great pictures of the roses as well.

Hope we didn't scare you off. Welcome!!!! Put on some nice warm fuzzy slippies so your toes are nice and warm, grab your favorite drink (mine is hot chocolate!) put your feet up and chat with us a while or read the lovely rose catalogs.

you can look up Burlington roses through the helpmefind website and under the plants listed you can see what she offers. Here is the link
SW Ohio River Valley (Zone 6b)
Feb 24, 2019 12:10 PM CST
I 'm a newbie here, but sort of just snuck in under the radar! ; ) High Country Roses specializes in those hardy to zone 5. Mat is a great resource and very helpful as is all his staff.
Zone 9, Sunset Zone 9 (Zone 9b)
Feb 26, 2019 6:23 AM CST
Vap--welcome and it is good to see you here. Hope you will post often.
Name: Carol
Alberta, Canada (Zone 3b)
Mar 1, 2019 1:08 AM CST
Yes, Vaporvac - great to see you posting here!! Yay!! Hurray!

Lisa - so great that you're starting your rose journey!! Are you interested in getting mainly fragrant roses (like me nodding )? Or are you just wanting the best rose bush you can get period. There are some that are both fragrant and great bushes.

Name: Anne Peck
Indiana (Zone 5b)
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Mar 2, 2019 3:55 PM CST
I am a newbie myself here. I am kinda new to roses in Indiana. My large garden was in Oregon, over 60 roses, but I am still learning about growing them here. I have purchased from High Country and my roses have done well. I am also trying out Northland this year as well a Rogue Valley. I would recommend the ARS, American Rose Society. They have all kinds of great resources for members. I am particular to old garden roses as they give so much and are quite easy to care for. Welcome to the wide world of roses. Smiling
Minnesota (Zone 3b)
Mar 26, 2019 1:21 PM CST
SweetLisaB67 said:I'm new to the wonderful world of Roses.. I'm from the Illinois area and I'd like to start a rose garden... Any advice would be helpful.
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Read, thoroughly, that a rose is not a rose; there are many types , not all are that attractive and some can get weedy.
Roses of the type most often used for display or you see in lovey-dovey pictures are generally the biggest buttocks inflammation type to grow but try a few varieties of the most flashy species, along with lessor types and after a few years you will know what you do and do not want.
Failure is expected, to a degree, in some ways from dead roses, to ugly roses, to not dead-not alive roses with weather inducing the nastiest learning curve.
Other than that , a piece of cake.

As a personal example, we had warmer winters, or at least seemingly early springs a lot since the turn of the century.
My other half decided that the roses should be uncovered in March, often, and made life miserable till I uncovered them.
A few, very few , years I actually got away with it so to reduce my other-half induced buttock inflammation, I gave in fairly quickly.
A dozen or so dead roses later the other half finally realized that it was moronic to continue to do so.
A covered rose will die quickly , or some times just slowly fade away , while roses left covered to long will often send new shoots up through the mulch or even ground if buried.
Spring flash hard frosts are more deadly than disease and bugs.

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Name: John
Region: Wales Bee Lover
Mar 26, 2019 1:43 PM CST
Hi to everyone
Hi Lisa
Welcome to rose growing.
Seils advice leaves nothing to add from me!!
I would however recommend the rose ' Bonica ' if I had to chose from all the roses I have grown, this lovely rose would be my first, its easy to grow stays healthy flowers all summer long, vigorous, and makes a gorgeous hedge.
It can be found in the Austin catalogue.
Not sure if it's available in the US?.....
Good luck with your project.
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