I love roses, especially the ones that are hardy and disease-resistant.
Three groups of roses in my garden meet these criteria.
Rugosas - Most of these are old-fashioned roses although a few new
varieties have been introduced. Most grow on their own- roots (that means
they aren't grafted) and thus are more winter-hardy. It also means you can
take cuttings from them and start new roses.
- Canadian Roses - The Explorer series. These are own-root roses and are
very winter-hardy. Some roses I like are William Baffin, John Cabot, John
Davis, and Alexander McKenzie. I have a pergola (a series of arches in a
row) that are covered with these roses. It's wonderful when they bloom in
late May/early June.
- Buck Roses - These are roses bred especially for the Midwest by Dr.
Griffith Buck. They are very winter-hardy and disease resistant. I love
Country Dancer; it is bright pink and blooms throughout the summer.
Make sure that your roses have lots of sun. Most roses won't bloom unless
they have 4-6 hours of sun a day.
You can see the roses in my garden during our spring and fall garden tours
in Hermann - the fourth weekend in May and the fourth weekend in
September. I also do private tours of Hermann gardens for groups of 20
or more by appointment.