Winter can be a fun time. Ski trips and blankets of white splendor all around. Holidays swoop in to annihilate our diets. Old friends and family members from all around suddenly appear on our doorsteps. Ah, yes, winter can be a joyous time… but not for your roses!
Hopefully, before you planted your roses you did your research and discovered beautiful roses that would thrive in your climate. But maybe, just maybe, you were so elated to be planting roses that you just went with the prettiest rose you could find. Well, that may work in your favor, if you were drawn to certain types of roses.
It is true that you can winterize most roses and they will be there in the spring. It is also true, however, that there are some roses that are more equipped to get through winter than others. If you have a bad experience with your roses this year, after you wipe away the tears, you can begin again by planting roses that have the greatest survival rate.
If you are stationed in one of the tougher hardiness zones, you may want to go with Albs or Rugosas. These are probably the best roses to grow in harsh climates. They are very popular in Alaska and the Canadian interior. Since these areas witness some of the most severe winters in on the continent, it Rugosas and Albs will most likely work for you.
These roses are viral fighters of the cold that produce wonderful bushes with full blossoms. Some are even totally free of diseases and others can live through a minor infestation or two. They also are not picky about the ground they are planted in. Even if they are not set up in the most rose friendly soil, they tend to grow anyway.
Shrub roses are also hearty characters. They are thick skinned bushes that can withstand little discomfort. They have a good reputation for being disease resistant and reliable. They also have a tendency to make it through the winter with a bit of help. You’ll be rewarded with the perfume that’s the delicate fragrance wafting from these bright yellow rose blooms when winter is finally through.
Specific roses that have impeccable reputations are the Hansa Rugosas, Prairie Dawn Parkland and the Martine Frobisher Canadian Explorer. The Hansa is a crimson Rugosas that bursts with a savory scent that can be smelled before you reach it. It can stand on its own two feet, not needing much attention at all. You need only to admire its beauty and perform minimal maintenance duties.
The Prairie Dawn shrub carries a gentle scent and grows about 4 to 6 feet in width. It too can be a hardy Rose that often steals the show and maybe a little turf, from other roses. You may want to give it a spot light of its own.
The Martin Frobisher is another strong rose plant with a slight fragrance; its hearty limbs are filled with elegant pink blooms. You will be able to admire this one for years to come. This rose will see you in the spring.
There are many more roses that do just fine in less than perfect hardiness zones. You may not be able to grow those desired Tea Roses, but you can still have buckets of roses. Ones that perceiver the winter and will be waiting on the other side for you next year. You just have to scout them out. There are tough roses out there waiting to be planted and loved.
If you still want to grow tender roses in zones that are not so tender, you can try. You can try growing them in pots that can be placed in warm places, like a basement. The pot will keep some of the cold out, but you will have to be very aware of when the plant needs to be rescued from outside.
Don’t leave your roses to fend for themselves. Cover them up for the winter and perform the duties you need to for your hardiness zone. You can not expect the roses to do all of the work. It must be a team effort. If you are good to your roses there is a much better chance that they will be good to you.