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GARDENING

Riveting Roses
by Alejandro Saralegui

THESE SIX STUNNERS WON'T DISAPPOINT,
AND THERE'S ONE TO SUIT EVERY TASTE,
SOIL AND SUN CONDITION

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FILLER ROSE
Sweet Vigorosa, a shrub with fragrant hot-pink blooms, is ideal for filling out boxwood-lined parterres—you don't need to prune it to keep it in bounds, as it stays between two and three feet tall.

 

Yes, roses can be difficult, and like children they require endless feeding, patience and perseverance. But at least they don't talk back. Fortunately, there is a rose for almost any kind of garden. Here on the East End, where most gardeners adhere to zone 7 growing conditions, it's wise to take it down a notch to zone 6, since roses capable of withstanding lower temperatures will ultimately perform better in our unpredictable climate. Check out these six great examples.

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CLIMBING ROSE

 

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SHADE ROSE

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ENGLISH ROSE

 

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CUTTING ROSE

 

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BEACH ROSE

CLIMBING ROSE
Have a deer problem?
Take a design cue from Ninfa, the lush garden outside of Rome, and let your roses clamber up the trees out of harm's way. If Queen Victoria were still around, you can bet the Climbing Eden rose would be the one she'd choose to let loose at Balmoral.

SHADE ROSE
It takes patience to grow roses in the shade—they just don't like it. But some, like Darlow's Enigma, a rambling repeat bloomer, are shade tolerant and delightfully fragrant.

ENGLISH ROSE
English rose breeder David Austin developed Tradescant, a full cabbage rose with deep purplish-red blooms. Adventurous chefs use the petals to make pink-toned rose water and rose-petal jam.

CUTTING ROSE
From Canadian grower Palatine Roses comes Warm Wishes, a great cutting rose that looks good in any garden. Long stems topped with rich apricot-hued flowers fill a vase beautifully.

BEACH ROSE
A rich pinkish-purple rugosa rose, Hansa is noted for its fragrant clove scent. It flourishes at the beach, isn't bothered much by common pests like Japanese beetles and has huge vitamin C–packed rose hips in the fall.

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