Saturday, January 24, 2009
On the hunt for an old-fashioned, hardy rose...
I'm no rose expert, just an avid rose lover. I am a great fan of old garden roses. However, the only rose bushes I have right now are a miniature rose in a pot and two rose bushes that I rescued from a bargain table.
I'm in the market for a hardy, old-fashioned rose -- one that is very disease resistant. I'd prefer one that is grown on its own root stock rather than being grafted. Does anyone have any suggestions?
Here are some older roses that I think are pretty:
This is a tea rose called Sombreuil. It is a climber. It is supposed to be hardy, though I always thought that tea roses can be quite delicate.
The picture is from Antique Rose Emporium.
This is Souvenier de Malmaison. It is a Bourbon rose. This might be a good choice for me as it does well in the cold, but also does well in the humid South. Since I live in the mid-South, I mostly have to deal with the problems that roses can have in the South. But, we're just far enough to get a few really cold temps during some winters -- a la this winter.
This photo is also from Antique Rose Emporium.
Marchella Bocella is a light pink old rose that does well in our area.
Some say that Darlow's Enigma is a rose that grows well almost anywhere.
Or, I'm toying with thought of adding a pale pink rambler to my garden.
Our hardiness zone is 6 and our heat zone is 7.
So, all you rose lovers, send in your thoughts.