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Earth-Kind Roses

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Now here are some roses that are easy to grow. They are called "Earth-Kind Roses." This is a trial ground of these roses and these plants are already established roses. It's collaboration between Texas A&M University, the New York Botanic Garden and the University of Wisconsin. Here at the Schenectady Rose Garden in Central Park, they have a trial of all of these roses so you can see which ones are doing well, and which ones are not so earth-kind.

The idea is to grow these roses without fertilizing them. They aren't sprayed or deadheaded either and they are hardly even watered. This is the kind of rose you just put in your landscape and then just let it grow.

With a trial ground like this you can walk around and see which ones are doing well, and say "I'll take that one, and that one!"

Here are some of my favorites.

Some of the Knockout roses are really nice, particularly the "Sunny Knockout," which is a yellow-flowered selection. The 'Blushing Knockout' is a pink-flowered plant and also shines. You can see the bush is bigger, has more flowers to it and just looks more vigorous.

There's an older variety called "Carefree Beauty," which has been around forever that looks pretty good, too. And if you like those small flowers, these are like the "Fairy" rose?

"Larissa" is a nice one I found. The foliage doesn't look that great, but the flowers are magnificent! And that's what you want the roses for, the flowers!

So looking around at a trial garden like this is a good way to find out which roses you can grow on your landscape without all kinds of extra care.

~by Charlie Nardozzi

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