Bought this place in the fall of '16. There was nothing here but the 1840's territorial home which had been long neglected, a few giant 80' elms, & elders, a good sized black walnut, and a perimeter overgrown with "volunteer" trees that grew in the old fence line. The yard was basically 4' tall weeds and huge black willow suckers coming up from the roots of a monstrous old stump. I'm still trying to get rid of poison ivy here! Just trying to emphasize what can be done in only a couple seasons. I like rugosas because they do well in our wind whipped, & extreme Midwestern climates. The first photo is a 2 year old (believe it or not) rugosa, "Therese Bugnet", which was a bagged plant purchased at Menards in 2017. I believe it's hardy to zone 3. I've never had a rose grow so fast in this region, and we've even been in drought the last 2 years. Springs rains this year were torrential, and now that they've stopped, I'm seeing rapid growth in everything. Will be interesting seeing how large this rose will get. Read reviews by some who don't like this cultivar. Why! It can't be beat for Northern gardens if you want a large, fragrant, spring bloomer. It's presently in a reduced rebloom right now, but Japanese beetles are here midsummer, and just love the rugosas. They eat the flowers, but don't seem to do permanent damage. I highly recommend this rose if you want a large shrub variety up north. I planted another "Bugnet" nearby this one to create a windbreak for my lily beds & more sensitive roses downhill. The second photo is a highly fragrant 2 year old Rosa De Rescht, and the 3rd, my 2 year old Rosa Mundi, a candy striped sport of the apothecary rose, Gallica Officinalis, my all time favorite.