jerijen said:Paleo -- The "best" for you may be the "worst" for someone else.
A lot depends upon your climate (I think you get some winter, which I don'), soil conditions and the like.
I began by planting three of the most highly-recommended Old Roses, and as it happened, they were the WORST choice for my conditions. I am glad I grew 'Rosa Mundi,' 'Mme. Isaac Pereire', and 'Reine des Violettes' -- but I sure wouldn't want my neighbor to try them. Turned out that Tea Roses are better for me.
Are there any public gardens in your area that include Old Roses?
seilMI said:Jeri is right. What I grow here she wouldn't or couldn't and vice versa. She has no winter to speak of so Gallicas won't bloom for her. I get very cold winters so Teas will die here. You really need to find a more local source for information on what would do well for you.
That said, I think the two I have are pretty common simply because they are so widely available. Rose de Rescht is a bright pink Hybrid Perpetual/Portland with a strong fragrance. It does black spot readily. Reine des Violettes is a mauve, also hybrid perpetual, with even more fragrance. It's fairly healthy for me and is completely thornless. Both have good winter hardiness.
MetteBee_DenmarkZ8 said:By chance I came across this user from Romania on Helpmefind.com.
Maybe his/her rose choices can help you pick some for your garden?
Personally, I love Henri Martin. It can take some shade and in fact glows beautifully under my huge apple tree.
I like the Damasks and I am trying to find space for a fantin Latour and Blush Damask.
Blush Damask at a rose nursery.
vaporvac said:Judging from your climate, the choice should be wide as you get winter chill, but not super freezing weather and have a warm, but not too hot summer with a moderate amount of rain nicely spaced throughout the year, but much more in the summer. It appears you have high humidity, but it's highest in the winter so I suspect you have high black spot pressure. Do you know what disease pressure is highest for your area? It also looks as if you have good sun hours in the summer. Is this area in the plateau or sub-mountains?
Mures, Romania climate: https://weather-and-climate.co...
I'm wondering if the Appalachia/North Carolina mountains might be analogous.
schrammd said:Cottage Rose--
The use of a chain saw on your Russelliana (your rose's other name) was brave, especially given that chain saws don't always cut cleanly and can leave ripped or jagged ends on cut canes which invite pests and disease.
On the other hand, an experiment in England several years ago used three different pruning methods on three rows of the same kind of rose: simple clippers, a chain saw, and nothing (a row left unpruned). When the flowers bloomed the following spring, all were equally profuse and beautiful and healthy. Who knew?