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The Easy Way to Grow Roses

There’s good news if you find growing roses a challenge. That’s because there are many new easy-care roses on the market.

Contributors: Ryan McGrath

Until recently, many gardeners saw roses as too frustrating or time consuming for average people. Further, the amount of fungicides and insecticides required were not ecologically or economically friendly.

Fortunately, advances in rose breeding have changed all this, making roses something any gardener can enjoy. Often called shrub or landscape roses, these are bred for resistance to the many rose problems, including black spot and other diseases.

Low-Maintenance Roses For Everyone

These landscape shrub roses were a small percentage of the rose market in the 1990s, but today are exploding in popularity. The reason? These new shrub roses don’t require spraying, harsh chemicals, pruning or lots of water. They are also tough as nails, surviving the hottest summers and harshest winters.

Easy Does It

The Oso Easy® series from Prov­en Winners is known for its disease resistance. These roses also don’t require any spraying or pruning. Each rose in the series has green glossy foliage complementing the bright flower color.

Oso Easy® Peachy Cream only reaches about 12 to 36 inches in height so it fits into gardens large and small. Its flower color emerges peach and transforms to cream. Oso Easy® Paprika Rose starts out as a beautiful orange and fades to coral with a golden sun in the center. Measuring only 12 to 24 inches in size, it is ideal for your home’s landscaping.

Another newer rose is Oso Happy® Candy Oh! It features large sprays of single, candy-apple red flowers blooming from summer until frost. It has a dense, mounding habit and is great for mass plantings. As with all these roses, it is very hardy and disease resis­tant. And because Candy Oh! was bred in Minnesota, it can take the harshest of winters.

Enjoyment All Summer

Shrub roses are easy to grow and are low maintenance. They are also ecologically—and pocketbook—friendly because they don’t require spraying. They work for mixed borders and beds and are compact enough to plant near walkways and other tight spots.

Roses need five to six hours of direct sun each day, so make sure you don’t plant in full shade. Avoid planting your roses beneath eaves or gutters so they are not damaged by falling water. These shrub roses don’t require heavy pruning, but you can prune to your preferred shape in spring.

For more information on the newest landscape roses, visit www.provenwinners.com.

Written by Ryan McGrath from Proven Winners ColorChoice and first published by NAPS

Patent Info: 

Oso Easy® Peachy Cream Rosa 'Horcoherent' PP: 15982 Can. PBRAF;  Oso Easy® Paprika Rosa 'ChewMayTime' PP: 18347 Can. Can.: 3401; Oso Happy® Candy Oh! Rosa 'ZleMatinCipar' PP: 20471 Can. PBRAF;


 

 

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Anonymous's picture
Anonymous Wed, 08/30/2017 - 12:59pm

I saw the review so good and bought it online through Home Depot, but so far it has NOT been SO EASY. At first I planted in the ground, but the leaves are shrinking and gone. I was afraid deer ate the leaves (I researched before buying this is supposed to be deer resistant plant), I dug it up, and replanted it in a pot and put the brush in an enclosed open space, but still the leaves are shrinking.

This weekend I am going to transfer it to a bigger pot and add more fertilizer or do you have better advice? Thank you.

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Stacey Hirvela Wed, 09/13/2017 - 12:10pm

Sorry to hear about your trouble - "shrinking" plants are usually caused by water stress - either too much or too little. To give you the best advice, it would be helpful to see a photo and know where you are located, so if you can contact us privately here: https://www.provenwinners.com/feedback we'll be able to give you the best advice.

Anonymous's picture
Anonymous Mon, 03/20/2017 - 8:23pm

Hi,

I'm a rose-bush addict, but can't find a local source of your plants. Where can I get some mail order?

Best regards,

Michael Reisman

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Cindy Meyers Wed, 03/22/2017 - 9:39am

Michael,
Thank you for contacting Proven Winners. We have an online store and we offer it just for that purpose; when you are unable to find a particular plant that you are looking for at your local retailer. You can go to the following link to see all of the roses that we offer in our store.
https://www.provenwinners.com/plants/search/shrubs?keys=roses&hardiness_zone=All&light_level=All&available_online=1

I hope this helps in your search!
Cindy
Marketing
Proven Winners

Anonymous's picture
Anonymous Sun, 07/31/2011 - 8:27pm

I HAVE FOUND THAT ROSES SEEM TO LOVE, " COFFEE GROUNDS, AND PURE COFFEE!!"
IT SEEMS TO BE THE ANTIOXIDENT IN THE COFFEE THAT DOES SOMETHING TO THE ROSES THAT MAKES THEM
BLOOM AND STAY LONGER, AND THE BLOOMS SEEM TO BIGGER!!!
JUST MAKE SURE THE COFFEE IS COLD!!!!

L.B. OF ORANGEVILLE, ONTARIO

Anonymous's picture
Anonymous Fri, 07/29/2011 - 8:33pm

Does anyone know of a rose bush that doesn't have thorns? Thanks

Anonymous's picture
Anonymous Fri, 06/21/2013 - 9:23pm

Oso Happy Smoothie is a rose with no thorns. Color is like crushed berries. Research to find out if it will work for your zone.

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