Five Hardy Roses For Your Bush Rose Garden

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!

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