If you're thinking of trying roses this year, but don't want anything too finicky, here are some perfect choices for you! The first one is one that I've grown for a number of years, called Julia Child. She's a beautiful yellow floribunda roses that grows up to three or four feet tall, has no disease problems, tons of flowers, and the flowers have a nice vanilla scent. It's a pretty one.
If you want something a little taller, maybe for the side of a house or even as a climbing rose, William Baffin is a good choice. This rose has got pink colored single flowers. It blooms profusely in June and then it will it will repeat bloom until right up until frost.
If you're looking for something a little lower growing, maybe a shrub rose such as this red one called Eutin would be best. It has beautiful clusters of about fifty roses that are brilliant red. There is another one called 'Nearly Wild' that has flowers that actually look like apple blossoms.
If you want something on the blue side, there's not really a blue rose, but there's one that's coming close called 'Out of the Blue'. It starts pinkish red, and ends up as a lavender color. And it's only about two feet tall and a really tough rose.
Finally, if you want some really low growing roses in an area that's really hard to grow anything else, you can grow the pavement or the ground cover rose. These have shiny green leaves and beautiful flowers. They are so tough you don't even have to worry about them, they come back year after year without a lot of disease or insect problems.
By Charlie Nardozzi
PO Box 4508