Coming Up Roses
Irwin agrees saying, “Picking roses that are disease magnets, such as the hybrid teas, and not taking the time to care for them is one way people can go wrong. This type of rose is also the first to die over a severe winter.”
Both rosarians agree that there are some Floribunda and Grandiflora type roses that are more problem-free than the Hybrid Teas. Grandiflora roses have shorter stems than the hybrid teas, but with similar “florist” flowers, and Floribundas have large clusters of blossoms on each branch.
Most climbing roses are even easier than those listed above, and they are naturals for growing on Cape style houses. Every gardener has his or her favorite climbers, such as the small-flowered “American Pillar” that covers many of the houses on Nantucket to the fragrant and repeat flowering “Collette.”
When asked to name his three favorites, Irwin Ehrenreich says, “It’s hard to pick just three. Thirty would be easier.” Nevertheless, he goes on to identify “Autumn Sunset,” “America,” and “Eden” as three good choices.
“‘Autumn Sunset’ is a great climber for the Cape,” Irwin explains. “It grows 10 to 12 feet tall, has a strong fruity fragrance, and takes some shade. It’s also disease resistant and winter hardy.”
“‘America’ is a climber that you see throughout this area for good reason,” Irwin continues. “It’s covered with coral-pink flowers all summer, has a spicy fragrance and is very winter hardy. And ‘Eden,’ my third pick, has an old-fashioned, very full, pastel pink bloom, and is disease resistant.”
Oz Osborn names three others that gardeners should consider. “‘Jeanne Lajoie,’” he says, “is always in bloom, extremely hardy and covers our 90-foot fence. It has pink flowers. ‘New Dawn’ is a climber that will grow under any conditions, and it has a super pale pink bloom that will stop cars on the road. Just make sure that you give this one plenty of room,” he cautions.
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