Shrub roses are easy to grow. Choose a location with a minimum of 6 hours of direct sunlight and a well drained soil. When watering, avoid getting the foliage wet, which can cause blighting of the leaves or black spot (both are leaf diseases). If the roses are planted where they will be hit by a sprinkler system, water early in the morning (between 4 a.m. and 7 a.m.), so the foliage will not stay wet for a long period of time, which only increases the chance of getting blight on the leaves. Prune roses aggressively in early spring to remove any dead stems and to shape the plant. After the rose blooms fade, the dead flowers can be trimmed, which will help to produce more flowers on subsequent blooms.
Everblooming indicates a plant which will produce a continual period of flowering. Recurrent bloom roses flower for 2-3 weeks, then take a 2-3 week rest without flowers, then repeat the bloom cycle again. Through the growing season, you can expect about 3 bloom cycles.
CHAMPLAIN (Rosa ‘Champlain’) Height: 3’, Width: 2’-3’. Full sun to part shade. An Explorer series rose with profuse clusters of dark velvety red blooms and dark green foliage. This everblooming variety provides a continuous display of color all growing season. May die back to the crown in winters with little snow cover, but will renew itself quickly in spring. Growing zones 3 to 7.
CUTHBERT GRANT (Rosa ‘Cuthbert Grant’) Height: 3’, Width: 2’. Full sun to part shade. A Parkland Series rose with rich deep red double flowers that resemble a tea rose. The foliage is a light to medium green. Will die to the crown in severe winters and regrow from the base. A recurrent bloomer. Growing zones 3 to 7.
MORDEN BLUSH (Rosa ‘Morden Blush’) Height: 2’-3’, Width: 2’-3’. Full sun to part shade. A floriferous Parkland Series rose with beautiful pointed buds of ivory-pink opening to sweetly fragrant light pink blushed creamy white flowers. A recurrent bloomer. Good hardieness on an upright rounded plant. Growing zones 3 to 7.
MORDEN CENTENNIAL (Rosa ‘Morden Centennial’) Height: 3’-5’, Width: 3’-4’. Full sun to part shade. Another Parkland Series rose with flushes of rich pink double flowers. The delicately scented flowers have an appearance similiar to a long stemmed rose. This recurrent blooming rose produces flowers though the summer. Growing zones 3 to 7.
RAMBLIN RED (Rosa ‘RADramblin’) Height: 6’-10’, Width: 3’-4’. Full sun to part shade. A climbling rose with strong, pliable canes and deep green foliage. The recurrent flowers are true red and fully double. Like all climbing roses, the canes must be tied or woven into a trellis, they do not ‘climb’ on their own. Growing zones 3 to 7.
WILLIAM BAFFIN (Rosa ‘William Baffin’) Height 8’-10’, Width: 4’. Full sun to part shade. The best of the climbing shrub roses, William Baffin displays exceptional winter hardiness. This Explorer series rose produces thick upright canes with strawberry pink flowers highlighted with bright yellow stamens. One of the hardiest of the climbing shrub roses. Growing zones 3 to 7.
Rugosa roses are distinguished from other shrub roses by their heavy, dark green leaves and fragrant, informal flowers. These tough, disease resistant roses are drought tolerant and heavily thorned. Trim in spring to shape and control size, then trim after each set of flowers to encourage additional flowering.
RUGOSA, BLANC DOUBLE de COUBERT (Rosa ‘Blanc Double de Coubert’) Height: 5’-7’, Width: 6’. Full sun to part shade. Loose, delicate blooms of pure white perfume the air with a sweet licorice scent. Disease resistant dark green foliage is highlighted by bright orange hips in fall. Growing zones 3 to 7.
RUGOSA, DWARF PAVEMENT ( Rosa ‘Dwarf Pavement’) Height: 2’-2 ½’, Width: 3’. Full sun to part shade. A tough, compact shrub rose with fragrant, large, semi-double pink flowers and exceptional salt tolerance. In fall scarlet red hips appear among the deep green foliage. Growing zones 3 to 7.
RUGOSA, FOXI PAVEMENT (Rosa ‘UHLater’) Height: 2 ½’ – 4’, Width: 3’. Full sun to part shade. Also known as “Buffalo Gal’, this rugged plant produces intensely fragrant clusters of deep lavender-pink. Disease resistant medium green foliage and dark red hips in fall. Growing zones 3 to 7.
RUGOSA, FRAU DAGMAR HARTOPP (Rosa ‘Frau Dagmar Hartopp’) Height: 3’-4’, Width: 4’-5’. Full sun to part shade. Highly fragrant deep pink buds open to gorgeous silvery-pink single blooms. The disease resistant foliage forms a perfect mound giving the effect of shearing. Easy to grow and very hardy. Growing zones 3 to 7.
RUGOSA, PURPLE PAVEMENT (Rosa ‘Rotesmeer’) Height: 4’-6’, Width: 5’-6’. Full sun to part shade. An exceptionally tough everblooming rose with disease resistant dark green foliage and fragrant purplish-red blooms. Produces a nicely rounded mound shaped plant without trimming. Growing zones 3 to 7.
RUGOSA, THERESA BUGNET (Rosa ‘Therese Bugnet’) Height: 6’-7’, Width: 4’-5’. Full sun to part shade. An upright grower with clear pink highly fragrant flowers. The gray-green foliage appears above near thornless stems of deep red that contrast nicely against winter snows. Growing zones 3 to 7.
RUGOSA, WHITE (Rugosa alba) Height 4'-6', Width: 6'. Full sun to part shade. The pale blush pink buds open to highly fragrant snow white flowers with creamy yellow stamens. A tough plant that will adapt to a variety of conditions, including areas where salt tolerance is a concern. Disease resistant foliage turns orange in fall where it highlights the large red rose hips. Recurrent bloom. Growing zones 2 to 7. Photo courtesy of Bailey Nurseries Inc.