In this video, This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook shows how to pick the prettiest and hardiest roses for your garden.
1. Hybrid T roses have long stems with single blooms.
Very pretty, but must be sprayed with a fungicide throughout the early spring.
2 Floribunda roses are shorter than Hybrid T, but are much hardier and produce many buds for bursts of color.
3 Landscape shrub roses are disease-resistant and the hardiest of all roses.
4 For specific information, read the grower's tags attached to each plant.
There, you'll find details regarding the plant's height, foliage, color, fragrance, and petal-count.
5 Low-petal-count roses produce open, delicate flowers.
High-petal-count roses produce flowers that are fuller, thicker, and more fragrant.
6 For planting along a fence or trellis, buy climber roses.
Note, however, that climber roses don't have tendrils and so they must be tied to the structure.