Carefree roses
Better homes and gardens rose gardening.
Hoboken, N.J. : John Wiley & Sons, c2010.
Great ideas and down-to-earth wisdom on rose gardening from Better Homes and Gardens and the American Rose Society

Better Homes and Gardens presents Rose Gardening, a comprehensive guide to growing great roses recommended by the American Rose Society. Roses are hardy, beautiful plants that grow easily and survive cold weather, so they continually remain popular for home gardeners. This practical guide combines the artistry of rose gardening with the green-thumb wisdom it takes to succeed.

For gardeners of every skill level-whether they've grown roses before or hardly know what one should look like-this book offers inspiration, beautiful photography, artistic and creative garden plans, and historical information that rose enthusiasts will love.

  • Includes colorful diagrams, helpful checklists that make planning a breeze, easy-to-understand planting and caring directions, and much more
  • Features more than 600 stunning full-color photographs, including a gallery of roses that showcases hundreds of varieties
  • Offers advice on selecting the right roses for your geographical region, combining roses with other plants in your design, up-to-date information on pest control, and general garden maintenance

For anyone who loves roses and rose gardens, Rose Gardening is the ultimate resource for the home gardener.

The sustainable rose garden : a reader in rose culture
edited by Pat Shanley, Peter Kukielski, and Gene Waering ; with drawings by Maria Cecilia Freeman.
Havertown, PA : Newbury Books, c2010.
Complete guide to roses
[editor, Michael McKinley ; illustrator, Dave Brandon].
Des Moines, Iowa : Meredith Books, c2008.
The everything-you-need-to-know guide to successfully growing roses.Simple techniques show everyone from beginner to enthusiast how to select, pot, stake and care for roses.Expert advice includes how to deal with pests and diseases as well as how to ensure healthy plants by controlling light, temperature and humidity.
Passion for roses : peter beales' comprehensive guide to landscaping with roses.
New York : Rizzoli, 2008

Gardeners who don’t want to take on traditional  rose care can still have long lasting beauty and lovely fragrance with today’s easy care roses.

Classic roses often require special treatments to combat fungus or disease, and programs of regular fertilization or special pruning are necessary to promote flower growth.  Fortunately, low care roses can now be found at garden centers.

Popular low maintenance roses include:

  • “Carefree Beauty:” a shrub rose developed in the Midwest. This was one of the first “no-care” roses. Growing 4’ – 5’ and producing bright pink blooms, this disease tolerant rose is vigorous in St. Louis.
  • “The Fairy:” a polyantha rose producing hundreds of flowers throughout the summer. Tiny buds open to miniature blooms of 2” wide. This rose is extremely drought tolerant, hardy, and disease resistant. It can easily be propagated from cuttings or from canes that take root. Colors are deep pink, medium pink, and white.
  • Knock Out:” Today’s most popular shrub rose, this strong grower comes in a variety of colors in single or double blooms. The 3” blooms fully cover the shrub.

President John Adams planted roses on the White House grounds in what is now known as the Rose Garden. In 1986, President Reagan signed Proclamation 5574 which designated the rose as the National Floral Emblem of the United States.

To plant, dig a hole 18” wide, add compost and manure, and plant. Keep watered as you would with any new plant. These roses prefer to get 6 hours of sun. These roses all are strong bloomers with repeating bloom cycles that come on until frost. All are winter hardy through Zones 5. No need to dead-head these low care beauties, either!

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff