Plants - Roses

Versatile shrub roses

By
Anne Marie Van Nest

Hardy, tough, disease-resistant yet easy to grow, these great plants deserve another look

Based on disease resistance and hardiness, here are some of the best shrub roses for Canadian gardens.

Name: 'BLANC DOUBLE DE COUBERT' RUGOSA (Rosa 'Blanc Double de Coubert') ZONE 3
H x W (m): 1.5 x 1.25
Description: Pure white, semi-double, clove and old-fashioned rose fragrance, repeat bloomer; mounded form; few large, scarletred hips in fall; leathery, wrinkled, dark green foliage; shade-tolerant
Comments: Very disease-resistant

Name: 'CHAMPLAIN' EXPLORER SERIES (R. 'Champlain') ZONE 3
H x W (m): 1 x 1
Description: Dark red, semi-double; light, fresh, sweet fragrance, repeat bloomer; broad, low form; orange hips in fall; shiny, medium green foliage
Comments: Good disease resistance

Name: ‘GOLDEN WINGS' (R. ‘Golden Wings') ZONE 4
H x W (m): 1 to 2 x 1 to 1.75
Description: Light yellow, single, mild honey-spice fragrance, occasional repeat bloomer; dense, rounded form; orange-red hips; green, glossy foliage; few thorns; shade-tolerant
Comments: Good disease resistance

Name: ‘HANSA' RUGOSA (R. ‘Hansa') ZONE 3
H x W (m):
1.5 to 2 x 1.25 to 2
Description: Medium red, double, strong clove fragrance, repeat bloomer; open, vase-like form; many large, scarlet red hips; glossy, medium green foliage; very thorny
Comments: Very disease-resistant

Name: ‘JENS MUNK' RUGOSA (R. ‘Jens Munk') ZONE 3
H x W (m): 1.25 to 2 x 1.25 to 1.5
Description: Medium pink, semi-double, spicy fragrance, repeat bloomer; upright, arching form; few hips; olive green, glossy foliage; very thorny
Comments: Very disease-resistant

Name: BONICA FLORIBUNDA (R. ‘MEIdomonac') ZONE 4
H x W (m): 1 to 1.5 x 1 to 1.5
Description: Medium pink, double, mild fruity fragrance, repeat bloomer; upright, arching form; orange-red hips; dark green foliage; moderate-sized thorns
Comments: Very disease-resistant

Name: ‘THÉRÈSE BUGNET' RUGOSA (R. ‘Thérèse Bugnet') ZONE 3
H x W (m): 1.5 to 1 x 1.25 to 1.75
Description: Medium pink, double, strong clove fragrance, repeat bloomer; upright vase shape; orange-red hips; light grey-green foliage; few thorns; shade-tolerant
Comments: Good disease resistance

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