Wild roses have been around even before the evolution of man. Over the centuries, man has successfully tamed the wild rose and continues to create newer and hardier roses. A bush rose garden is not difficult to plant or maintain if you choose the right roses. There are several sturdy and disease-resistant rose bushes that need very little of your time. Here are five highly resilient roses:
Sunny Knock Out is fairly simple to grow and establishes itself well in slightly acidic soil. It is a well shaped, round, compact, and bushy shrub with very dark green semi-glossy foliage. It has 3 inch wide blooms that are golden yellow in color with 5 to 6 petals. It shows a high degree of resistance to rust, powdery mildew, and black spot. Growing to a height of 3 feet, it spreads to about 3 feet in width in Zones 4 to 9. Although the blooms are not fragrant the petioles exude a heady scent of sweetbriar. It even thrives in humid climates and grows vigorously with an annual feed of slow-release nutrient-rich fertilizer.
Magnifica Rose is a rugosa hybrid making it a very hardy rose. It thrives in Zones 4 to 7 and has large double blooms that have a moderate to intense fragrance. The magenta blooms turn into a mauve blend of 17 to 25 petals. It has eye-catching wrinkly foliage giving out beautiful large orange red hips in autumn. It grows on it’s own root which gives it a very resilient spirit.
F J Grootendorst is a very beautiful rose bush with clusters of small-sized crimson red flowers that look like carnations. The creased foliage is a bright green in color. The shrub grows upright up to 4 feet tall in full sun. It starts blooming in June and continues until onset of frost. It is very thorny with a mild scent. It thrives in well-drained, moist, and fertile soil with good air circulation. The ideal Zones for this rose are 4 to 8.
Hope for Humanity with it’s deep wine-red buds that open to slightly cupped blood-red blooms is a repeat bloomer. Each bloom has 15 to 25 petals that give out a moderate fragrance. The foliage is dark green and resistant to powdery mildew. It grows on it’s own root making it extremely hardy. Zones 3 to 7 are the best zones for this beauty.
Paprika grows to a height of 1 to 2 feet with 2 inch wide blooms. It has verdant green glossy foliage with reddish orange blooms that turn into a coral-salmon shade. It is a repeat bloomer starting in summer and ending in fall. It grows well in Zones 5 to 9 in full sun. Ideal for borders it benefits with a fairly moist and well drained, slightly acidic soil. It has a high tolerance for rain, humidity, and heat.
Bush roses make perfect borders and hedges. Choose disease-resistant varieties and you will soon have a beautiful and yet low-maintenance garden.
Happy Rose Gardening!