062719 COPSEY 'Oso Easy Double Red' Rose

"Oso Easy Double Red" rose

Roses have been a favorite in the home and garden for centuries where they are used for scent as well as decoration.

Summer arrived with molds and fungus issues

Getting the perfect bloom on the rose kept developers busy for decades and the resulting blooms came on long, elegant stems, and had perfectly formed buds that turned into beautiful rose blooms. All this was wonderful because the most common uses in the last century was entry to competitive shows and formal flower arrangements around the house.

Summer heat and watering

The perfect bloom, however, came at a high price – roses needed to be constantly sprayed and pampered to stay healthy and create that perfect bloom and many homeowners just gave up on roses all together.

Then along came the Knockout Rose. Now everyone could grow pretty, attractive roses in the garden and have perfectly formed buds for their vases. As a testament to their easy care, North Atlanta suburban highways have them planted in the median where they get occasional water and an annual prune by the local highway department. Moreover, my Knockout roses start blooming in March and continue until November, which makes them a star and definitely something to keep in the garden. So roses became popular again and the Knockout Roses charmed gardeners everywhere but it doesn’t smell like a rose, or anything else.

Since the Knockout Rose came on the market and gardeners trusted roses again, there have been several lines of easy-to-care-for shrub roses. They all grow without the need for chemical sprays and they only need deadheading if you like a tidy looking shrub. Most only require a little tidying up in late winter or trimming to stay within bounds during summer. “Oso Easy” line of roses from Proven Winners is one popular line as well as the “Downton Abbey” line from Week’s Roses.

The bugs are here again!

So everyone can now grow roses, but what about that wonderful rose smell? Well, Proven Winners finally came up with a delightful orange-yellow rose that actually has the old-fashioned rose scent. Appropriately called “At Last,” it was a long-awaited triumph.

Around the time of the Knockout Rose taking the main stage of the home rose growers, there was a movement to find other roses that are trouble free to grow and have the scent of the true old-fashioned rose, which led to the heirloom roses being popular again. Many heirlooms have the lovely old fashioned “cabbage” bloom for cottage gardens and come in delicate pinks as well as red/orange colors. These treasures do need a little pruning each year to keep them in bounds, but you are rewarded with repeat blooms all summer long and great scent for your home vases. A great source for heirloom roses for our hot and humid summers can be found at The Rose Emporium out of Texas. A variety of shrub roses and climbing roses are available.

Of course, the roses of David Austin are recognized as beautiful, scented roses around the world. David Austin has a large selection of roses that are also easy to grow including many that reflect the romantic cottage garden feel of classic roses.

All these modern roses are easy to care for and disease resistant, but they are attractive to Japanese beetles and eastern lubber grasshoppers. Occasionally, black spot or aphids are seen but are rarely serious issues.

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To see a good selection of roses that grow in this area, head to Edisto Memorial Gardens in Orangeburg.

Every garden should have a few roses, and with the options available today, you have lots of choices that are as easy to maintain as any other part of the garden.

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Kate Copsey is a garden author, writer and speaker now living in eastern Orangeburg County. Her book, "The Downsized Veggie Garden," is available from bookstores everywhere as well as her webpage, www.katecopsey.com.


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