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ROSE CARE FOR MAY
THE VALUE OF SHRUB ROSES
by Ronette King, Consulting Rosarian
Every design has a structure, a hierarchy of visual importance to understand the whole. Viewing rose gardens is no different. To appreciate the delicate, you need the robust. To appreciate color, you need white.
Shrub roses are the muscle of our garden. Unlike hybrid teas, the shrub roses give dramatic scale, shape and form to a garden design. They can stand as focal point specimens, surrounded by perennials, or blend happily alongside climbers, hybrid teas, and other shrub roses. What they are, most importantly, is a healthy and abundant shrub of repeat roses.
The classification of Modern and Classic shrub roses is complex and ambiguous, but for our purpose we’ll follow the ARS definition to help us with our garden selections. The shrub roses are generally sprawling, vigorous, and can grow from 5-15 feet in any direction. If you want a loose blousy effect in your garden, (as I do), the shrubs will create a dramatic statement. They can easily fill an awkward gap in the garden or cover a less than attractive structure… yours or your neighbors!
These roses are easily grown, are very healthy, and most likely will survive our drought conditions. Their masses of color and density of form are eventful! The petals are often singles, doubles or like the Austins, multi-petaled. The shrubs generally provide trusses of blooms.
The ARS divides shrubs into two types: Classic and Modern. (The Classic shrubs have a species rose in their group - Rosa Moyesii)
Below are examples of each type that will give your garden a long lived, healthful, and stunning addition.
Hybrid Kordesii. i.e. Alchemist, Cerise Bouquet , Fritz Nobis, Erfurt, Fruhlingsgold, Dortmund
Hybrid Moyesii i.e. Nevada, Marguerite Hilling, Eddie’s Crimson, Geranium
Hybrid Musk i.e. Penelope, Ballerina, Buff Beauty ,Prosperity, Erfurt, Felicia, Belinda
Hybrid Rugosa i.e. Sarah Van Fleet, Hansa ,Roserie de l’Hay , Linda Campbell, Rugosa Magnifica, Marie Bugnet
English Roses (David Austins) i.e. Gertrude Jekyll, Teasing Georgia, Molineaux, Mary Rose, Heritage
Shrubs i.e. Sally Holmes, Sea Foam, Bonica , Carefree Beauty ,Golden Wings, Pearle Meidiland, Knockout
A YEAR OF ROSE CARE:
July and August
November and December
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