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The classic rose has long been loved for its aroma and looks. However, they also come with a high-maintenance regime. Enter the shrub rose. One of the easiest classes of roses to grow, shrub roses combine all of the best characteristics into a beautiful, low-maintenance plant.
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garden plans for Shrub rose
There are so many shrub roses on the market and seemingly more new varieties every year. With almost every color to choose from (except true blue and green), shrub roses pair well with many other plants. The deep green foliage of shrub roses also creates a wonderful backdrop to numerous annuals and perennials, as well as formal rose blooms themselves.
Shrub Rose Care Must-Knows
Shrub roses are one of the easiest classes of roses on the market to grow. These are tough roses that have been bred to have the best attributes of all classes.
Like all roses, shrub rose requires full sun, which will allow the plant to bloom to their fullest extent on sturdy limbs. In many climates, roses are susceptible to foliar diseases, like black spot and mildews. This risk is drastically increased when your plant is in anything less than full sun. Luckily, shrub roses are more resistant to many of these problems.
When planting your roses, make sure they are in well-drained soil. If in doubt, it never hurts to amend the soil with a small amount of peat and potting soil.
Pruning Shrub Roses
Shrub roses are some of the easiest roses to prune, as well as the most foolproof. Even if you don't prune shrub roses every year, they will still bloom. The most important pruning principal with shrub roses is to remove any dead, damaged, or diseased growth as soon as possible. Typically, this is best done in late winter/early spring, just before the buds break.
Also look for any branches that may be touching or rubbing together, as this can create a spot for disease to fester. If your shrub roses have been around for a while, it can be beneficial to remove some of the older growth. This will open up the interior to improve air circulation as well as promote fresh new growth from the base. Since shrub roses are generally repeat bloomers, it is best to continually deadhead old blossoms to encourage rebloom.
More Varieties of Shrub Rose
Rosa rugosa 'Hansa' bears red-violet, cupped blooms packed with many clove-scented petals. An early, abundant flowering is followed by repeat bloom later in the season. The plant exhibits many traits of its rugosa heritage: disease resistance, thorniness, and extreme cold hardiness. It grows 5 feet tall. Zones 4-9
Home Run rose
Rosa 'Wekcisbako' shows single, bright red blooms that open to reveal gold stamens. The deepest color occurs in cold temperatures. A quick repeat bloomer, the plant requires light shaping to train its strong shoots. It is extremely resistant both to black spot and powdery mildew. The rounded plant grows 4 feet tall and wide. Zones 4-9