Rosa ‘The Hunter’ (syn. ‘Hunter’) (Mattock 1961) (Rosa rugosa ‘Rubra’ x ‘Independence’) – This hybrid Rugosa rose was bred in the United Kingdom and features 3″ wide double flowers of a bright crimson. It is repeat blooming and quite fragrant, contrasting well against the glossy dark green foliage held on thorny stems. Grows 4-5′ high by 4′ wide. Zone 4.
Rosa ‘Pink Grootendorst’ (syn. ‘Grootendorst Pink’) (Grootendorst 1923) – This sport of ‘F.J. Grootendorst’ features large clusters of small (about 1.5″ across) pink carnation-like roses with little fragrance. It is a hybrid Rugosa rose that repeat blooms throughout the season over heavily veined, apple green foliage that is disease resistant. Grows 4-6′ high by 4′ wide. Zone 4.
Rosa AC NAVY LADY (Richer 2003) (‘Fourth of July’ x ‘Astrid Lindgren’) – This shrub rose from Agriculture Canada was released to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Women’s Royal Canadian Naval service. It features very dark velvety red blooms (little fragrance) throughout the summer over deep green disease resistant foliage. Grows 30″ high by 40″ wide. Zone 4.
Rosa WATERCOLORS (syn. ‘WEKclaflabo’) (Carruth 2006) ([‘Santa Claus’ x ‘Flower Carpet Pink’] x ‘Betty Boop’) – Brilliant single blooms (about 2.75″ across) of creamy yellow are accented by cerise-pink edges and an all pink reverse, looking somewhat similar to ‘Mutabilis’. It repeat blooms and has slightly glossy mid green foliage. Grows 30-35″ high. Hardy to zone 5.
Rosa ALL THAT JAZZ (syn. ‘TWOadvance’) (Twomey 1991) (‘Gitte’ x unknown seedling) – This 1991 AARS winner bears semi-double blooms of about 13 petals that are an intense coral with a hint of salmon. It has a damask rose fragrance and repeat blooms throughout the season. These are nicely contrasted by glossy dark green foliage. Grows 3-5′ high and wide. Zone 4.