No-Fuss Roses for Cold Zones: Your perseverance is so admirable!

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No-Fuss Roses for Cold Zones

By Cottage_Rose
February 10, 2013

After many years of growing mainly fussy and tender hybrid tea roses in rural zone 5, I became discouraged with their failure to do well beyond a season or two. Some seemed to never do well, no matter how well I cared for them. Some would just sit there and not grow or would quickly become naked and ugly from black spot. Reluctant to give up on growing my favorite flower, I did some online research and found information on hardy and easy-to-grow roses.

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Name: Zuzu
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zuzu
Feb 9, 2013 8:48 PM CST

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I'm glad you rise above all of the drawbacks to your climate and persist in searching out roses that will do well in your location, CR, and all without sacrificing the beauty of lush roses packed with petals. Your photos are amazing!
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Mike
Feb 10, 2013 8:22 AM CST
Vicky, I always enjoy looking at the romantic roses you grow. I only wish one or two of your photos included a few Sebastopol geese to admire. They always add to the fantasy-like quality of your photographs! You'll have to post some soon.
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Name: Michele Roth
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chelle
Feb 10, 2013 8:22 AM CST
zuzu said:I'm glad you rise above all of the drawbacks to your climate and persist in searching out roses that will do well in your location, CR, and all without sacrificing the beauty of lush roses packed with petals. Your photos are amazing!

I agree

I tip my hat to you.

I definitely plan to check out a lot of these roses. They should do well here, too.

Thanks so much for sharing.

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Name: Magga
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magga
Feb 10, 2013 11:14 AM CST
CR Thank you for posting this wonderful article on hardy roses Thumbs up . It seems just like you had read my thoughts, I have had roses on my mind for the last 2 weeks. I have some roses in my sheltered yard, and most of them seem to do well. I have also planted some very hardy ones in my "woodland garden" in the south part of my country, Iceland. I have not seen many flowers there yet , maybe too litlle fertilizer or too much wind, I think I should baby them more. I will definitely try some of the roses you mention in your article (have been Googling them for the last hour). There is one that I do not seem able to find here in Iceland, but I would so much like to try, that is R. Lillian Gibson Lovey dubby . Is is really almost thornless?

I also found that my friend Rannveig has uploded some of her photos of R. Polareis in the database. Btw that is also one rose I would like to have too. nodding nodding
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Name: Suzanne/Sue
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Calif_Sue
Feb 11, 2013 3:09 PM CST

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Vicky, you always have the best romantic girlie roses and photos! And fluffy geese too! Thumbs up Great article, I hope others in cold zones are inspired to give roses a try!
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Name: Diann
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Ticker
Feb 11, 2013 4:13 PM CST
I have visions of covering my barn with climbing roses. Smiling Now, I'll probably have to go and do it!! Thanks for the article! :)
Name: Vicky Thompson
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Cottage_Rose
Feb 11, 2013 11:47 PM CST
Thank you all. Glad you enjoyed the article and I hope its inspires you to grow some hardy roses. Smiling
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Name: Joanne
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Joannabanana
Feb 12, 2013 5:33 PM CST
Great Article Vicky! Now I will have to go out and get an OGR this spring.
Name: Joanne
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Joannabanana
Feb 13, 2013 7:29 AM CST
Vicky,

Which OGRs would you recommend for my area. Looks like most are zone 4 or higher? Which ones have proven more cane hardy for you? After reading your article and listening to the podcast, I really want a few OGRs. If the canes have winter kill, will that affect blooms for the next season?
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Cinta
May 17, 2013 4:40 PM CST
Great article. Your article is my story. Busy, do not have time to baby plants. Raising my hand and admit to buying those wax body bags because the picture looks so pretty.

All reason goes out my mind when I see those pictures and suddenly I am a zone 7 or 8 and all the time in the world to baby 20 rose bushes. Hybrid Tea roses that hate my cold winters, and hot humid summers.

I really like hybrid tea shape. I do not like the single blooms or David Austins. What is a girl to do?

I will use your advice and do a better job at picking some roses that will survive more than a few years.
Name: Vicky Thompson
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Cottage_Rose
May 27, 2013 6:45 AM CST
Cinta, I would try Buck roses since many are Hybrid Tea crosses and have the Hybrid Tea blossom shape.
They tend to be hardier.

Joanna definitely look into Canadian Explorers, Pavement Roses and Rugosas but for OGR I don't know what to recommend for your zone other than check what zones they're rated for and simply try them. I think Hortico use to have a search for roses by zone option on their website. Try that. Do you have any sheltered areas you can plant roses in like next to a building?

Good luck! Thumbs up
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Name: Joanne
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Joannabanana
May 27, 2013 8:45 AM CST
Thanks Vicki,

I have about 60 hardy roses (Explorer, Parkland, Pavement etc), a couple of Austin and a few hybrid teas that I mulch heavily for the winter. I don't have any OGRs and after reading your article I am intrigued
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Cottage_Rose
May 28, 2013 9:37 PM CST
Look into Albas
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Tisha
Oct 10, 2016 10:45 AM CST
This past summer I found Constance Spry on the north side of my Lilac hedge [ my sinuses don`t appreciate lilacs] while holding my nose running to get the mail. What a wonderful surprise! I`ll remember now to STOP AND SMELL THE ROSE! Lovey dubby

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