â€˜Roses For Every Gardenâ€™. Thatâ€™s the title of my presentation at the Chicago Flower & Garden at Navy Pier in March. Today, more than ever â€˜rosesâ€™ are a growing category that covers ‘a lot of ground’; from shrubs to trees. Education is your key to success. Planning your rose garden is enjoyable and it opens the door to everything you dreamed your rose garden could be.
Definition of a Rose Garden
“A rose garden is a gathering place created by planting two or more rose bushes making a tapestry of nature’s color, design and fragrance a symphony of serenity to all that wander in.” Susan Fox
3 Dream Rose Garden Characteristics
Easy To Grow
Shovel Pruning Is Part Of The Plan
Right now in a good part of the country if you are having a late spring you can still evaluate your roses. The plan I have put in place is to evaluate roses that are not winter hardy and replace them with roses that can survive even in zone 3, Canada. Today Iâ€™m featuring three very winter hardy roses.
If You Don’t Have ‘Em – Get ‘Em!
If you donâ€™t have these roses and you are out in the garden centers and see the roses described in this article get them because most of the bare root sellers are sold out.
‘Party Hardy’ – Rose Growers Dream!
‘Party Hardy’ Characteristics
Winter hardy, Bred in Canada by Christian Bedard to survive cold climates
Plant and prune as a shrub or grow as a climber
Beautiful color, foliage, & mild fragrance
‘Miracle On The Hudson’ Best of The Best!
‘Miracle On The Hudson’ Characteristics
Extremely Winter Hardy
Naturally Disease Resistant
New from Weeks Roses
‘State of Grace’
‘Queen of Elegance’
‘Life’s Little Pleasures’
‘In Your Eyes’
All of the Weeks Roses are just planted and we’ll be seeing what they look like in about 6 weeks!
Planting a ‘Memory Garden’ of roses gives you a connection to your loved ones that can keep your memories of them alive. Its easy. Here’s how:
Decide who you want to memorialize.
Pick a spot with 6-8 hours of sun.
Look up names of roses to plant as a tribute to loved ones.
Roses that are great roses for patriotic gardens are ‘Memorial Day’
Â ‘Veteran’s Honor’
Â ‘Memorial Day’
‘Let Freedom Ring’
â€œWe do not know one promise these men made, one pledge they gave, one word they spoke; but we do know they summed up and perfected, by one supreme act, the highest virtues of men and citizens. For love of country they accepted death, and thus resolved all doubts, and made immortal their patriotism and their virtue.â€
James A. Garfield
May 30,Â 1868Â Arlington National Cemetery
“Originally called Decoration Day, from the early tradition of decorating graves with flowers, wreaths and flags, Memorial Day is a day for remembrance of those who have died in service to our country. It was first widely observed on May 30, 1868 to commemorate the sacrifices of Civil War soldiers, by proclamation of Gen. John A. Logan of the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of former Union sailors and soldiers.
During that first national celebration, former Union Gen. and sitting Ohio Congressman James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, after which 5,000 participants helped to decorate the graves of the more than 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers who were buried there.
This event was inspired by local observances of the day that had taken place in several towns throughout America in the three years after the Civil War. In 1873, New York was the first state to designate Memorial Day as a legal holiday.
By the late 1800s, many more cities and communities observed Memorial Day, and several states had declared it a legal holiday. After World War I, it became an occasion for honoring those who died in all of Americaâ€™s wars and was then more widely established as a national holiday throughout the United States.
When Is Memorial Day?
In 1971, Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act and established that Memorial Day was to be celebrated on the last Monday of May. Several southern states, however, officially celebrate an additional, separate day for honoring the Confederate war dead, sometimes referred to as a Confederate Memorial Day: January 19 in Texas; third Monday in Jan. in Arkansas; fourth Monday in Apr. in Alabama and Mississippi; April 26 in Florida and Georgia; May 10 in North and South Carolina; last Monday in May in Virginia; and June 3 in Louisiana and Tennessee.
Memorial Day is celebrated at Arlington National Cemetery each year with a ceremony in which a small American flag is placed on each grave. Traditionally, the President or Vice President lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. About 5,000 people attend the ceremony annually.”Â * PBS.orgÂ educating folks on the true meaning of Memorial Day.
Daddy served in England during WWII. He never talked about the war. Â Mother told me about what she knew of his experiences during the war. If you want to watch a 4 Star PBS series about living in England while England was attacked from above by the German Luftwaffe air raids and bombings during WWII watch theÂ PBSÂ series available on Netflix calledÂ Foley’s War.Â I highly recommend it. It gave me a better understanding of what it must be like to live in a country under the siege of war.
My father was in England during World War II, and suffered a War related injury. I would like to thank my Father and all those that paid the ultimate price for our freedom.
Hybrid tea roses are perfect for any rose garden. They are perfect for cut flowers and creating our own bouquets. A hybrid tea is easily identifiable by their large shapely single flower blooms on long stems. Here are a few of the very best hybrid teas that are true winners.
Winner of Biltmore International Rose Trials Best Hybrid Tea
Strong fruity and citrusy fragrance
â€˜Queen Elizabethâ€™ 1954
Pink 4â€ with large petals, and pointed buds
Moderate rose fragrance
Won â€˜Best Establishedâ€™ Rose at The Biltmore International Rose Trials when I was a judge in 2015
For Hedge and Borders I love Shrub roses because they grow from 5 to 15 feet in every direction based on your climate and growing conditions.
â€˜Water Colors Home Runâ€™ by Weeks Roses
3 colors showy flame red | yellow gold pink blush | Hot Pink
Medium height and bloom size
Winter hardy and disease resistant
â€˜DriftÂ®â€™ Groundcover Roses by Star Roses and Plants
8 colors from White Drift Rose to Red Drift Rose
Blooms 1 Â½â€ -3â€ bushes about 2 feet tall spreading
Winter hardy, disease resistant, and easy to grow.
BonicaÂ® â€“ Shrub
The Bonica rose has been voted the Worldâ€™s Favorite Rose in by the World Federation of Rose Societies and an All-America Winner
Pastel pink, 3â€ blossoms, about 5â€™ tall spreading
For containers you can plant Miniature or miniflora roses known for novelty and versatility.
Some of the most beautiful and hardy are:
â€˜All aâ€™ Twitterâ€™
Twinkling brilliant orange
Tall, medium size blooms
â€˜Be My Babyâ€™
Large round blooms, medium tall
Fragrance mild teaÂ
â€˜SunblazeÂ®â€™ Miniatures by Star Roses and Plants
All colors from amber-to yellow, vigorous, disease resistant, winter hardy.
12-18 inches compact
For walls, fences, and pergolas we want climbing or rambling type roses for their unique long arching canes, and their ability to climb fences, over walls, through trellises, arbors, trellises.
The old classic â€˜Westerlandâ€™ raised modernized with 21st century â€˜best-off-bestâ€™ qualities!
Salmon-orange blend, repeat blooming, 10-14 feet
Old fashioned, 3 Â½â€-4â€ blooms, fruity fragrance
â€˜4th of Julyâ€™
Gorgeous Red striped and bright white
10-14 feet canes
Fresh cut apple and & sweet rose fragrance
â€˜Pretty in Pink Edenâ€™ or â€˜New Dawnâ€™ (Light pink)
All qualities of highest rated, award winning rose â€˜Eden Climberâ€™ also known as â€˜Pierre de Ronsandâ€™ only deep pink
10-12â€™ with gorgeous very double blooms 70-80 petals
Vintage rose fragrance, vigorous and disease resistantÂ
Beautiful Roses for the garden known for their profusion of bloom are floribundas. They bear flowers in large clusters and trusses with large clusters of and trusses. This class is unrivaled for providing massive colorful lasting garden displays that are hardier, easy care and more reliable in wet weather than their hybrid tea counterpart.
White, large blooms with 100 petals
Old rose and spicy fragrance
Bushy and about 3 feet tall
One of the top selling roses in the world
Butter/gold color, medium very full 3-4â€ blooms
Strong licorice fragrance
â€˜Easy Does Itâ€™
Gorgeous Mango Peach
Ever blooming with a moderate fragrance
Disease resistant, one of my all time favorites! Â
Be sure and join us at The Chicago Flower and Garden Show. This is only the 2nd year we will have roses blooming in March in a rose garden setting in Chicago at Navy Pier. We’ll have American Rose Society Consulting Rosarians there to answer your rose growing questions.
January is inventory month. Take a good look at your roses. Decide on next years keepers. Then begin to shop online or from your rose catalogs for new roses for your spring garden. Most rose catalogs are now online so you can preview the roses and read about them to determine which selections would be best for your garden. Go to plantmaps.com and find your plant hardiness zone and determine the last possible date in the spring to expect a hard freeze. Most rose providers will also assist you in determining your zone and ship at the appropriate time.
January is a good month for planning spring gardens and transplanting dormant roses of all types in warmer climates. Be sure to remove soil from the roots and then handle the plant as you would any new bare root rose.
Construction and renovation of existing beds can be planned or completed. Now is a good time to send off soil samples for analysis if you use soil samples in your rose program.
January is a good time to visit www.ars.org. and check out all the member benefits. I want to encourage you to find your local society and go to a meeting. Rosarians are committed to assist you in rose education and sharing their knowledge about roses.
This is when I carefully analyze the roses that worked best last season and identify those that were the top performers so you can also be able to know good roses as you choose roses for your garden. Here are the real winners of 2015* and the actual pictures from last summer. This list is Interactive. You can vote your favorite rose up or down.
Also I will be speaking at The Northwest Flower and Garden Show next month. If you are able to come please plan on visiting. Here’s the link to the schedule. Northwest Flower and Garden Show
GARDEN 101: Garden Royalty February 17, 2015
2:15 pm â€“ 2:45 pm
The Secret to Landscaping With Roses
Susan Fox â€“ Consulting Rosarian and author, Four Seasons of Roses Monthly Guide to Rose Care
*Disclaimer These opinions are subject to change as more prolific, hardier, more disease resistant roses are produced.