Low Maintenance Landscape Roses

rosatoscanovigorosa (298x300)Rosa SWEET VIGOROSA (syn. ‘KORdatura’, NEON, ‘Neon Balconia’) (Kordes pre 1998) – This hybrid Floribunda rose features abundant semi-double blooms (9-16 petals) of a vibrant pink with near white centers and contrasting golden stamens. It repeat blooms throughout the growing season over glossy mid green foliage. Grows 3′ high by 5′ wide. Hardy to zone 6.

rosatoulouselautrec (294x300)Rosa TOULOUSE-LAUTREC (syn. ‘MEIrevolt’) (Meilland pre 1992) (‘Ambassador’ x [‘King’s Ransom’ x ‘Sunblest’]) – Although technically a Hybrid Tea, TOULOUSE-LAUTREC is a part of the Romantica Series which is bred to look like English Roses but with good disease resistance. It bears fragrant double yellow blooms  over glossy green foliage. Grows 4-6′ high and wide. Zone 5.

rosaknockoutpink (300x287)Rosa PINK KNOCK OUT (syn. ‘Radcon’) (Montesino 2004) – This sport of the original KNOCK OUT Rose (‘Radrazz’) features single to semi-double blooms (about 3″ wide) of bright pink with lighter centers, nicely contrasted by yellow stamens. These are borne from May to frost and are followed by reddish-orange hips. Grows 3 to 4′ high by 3 to 4′ wide. Hardy to zone 5.

rosadoubleknockoutred (300x297)Rosa KNOCK OUT DOUBLE RED’ (syn. ‘RADtko’, DOUBLE KNOCK OUT, ‘Double Red Knockout Rose’) (Radler 2004) – This disease resistant shrub rose has a complicated lineage which includes ‘Playboy’, ‘Applejack’, ‘Razzle Dazzle’ and ‘Deep Purple’. It features 3″ wide double to semi-double red flowers that repeat throughout the season. Grows 3-4′ high and wide. Zone 4.

rugmaxgraf (296x300)Rosa ‘Max Graf’ (Bowditch 1919) (R. rugosa x R. wichuriana) – An older rugosa hybrid with good disease resistance and a sprawling growth habit, making it a tall groundcover choice. It is once-blooming in late spring or early summer with 5-petaled single pink blooms (with lighter centers) sporting a fruity apple fragrance. Grows 2-3′ high by 8-10′ wide. Hardy to zone 6.

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