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single pink flowers with yellow stamens; both the Virginia and pasture roses are suited to dry conditions, while the swamp rose, as its name suggests, will grow in standing water but is adaptable to drier conditions. The species roses are most appropriate for hedging or in the wilder part of a garden. The second group is referred to as climbers. Although technically roses do not climb, they produce tall canes that need to be tied to a support and trained up. Climbers are available in a range of colors as well as flower sizes. They do require a bit longer to become established and the canes can sometimes be damaged in harsh winters, but a climbing rose in the landscape is noth- ing short of stunning. 'New Dawn' is a fragrant double blush pink that will tolerate some shade and poor soil with good disease tolerance. 'Golden Showers' is a cheerful yellow with a sweet fra- grance, and 'Blaze' is the most reliable bright red climber with a mildly fruity fragrance. All three will bloom until frost. The last group is the shrub rose, with many recently hybridized cultivars, good pest and disease resistance, and ease of maintenance. The hybrid teas are the most popular and readily available. Sturdy plants that have been grafted onto a hardy rootstock make them prone to suckering, but the suckers can be removed easily. Good foliage nicely offsets the large often delicately fragrant blooms; one per stem, they persist until frost. Some choices are 'Mr. Lincoln', a good red with a sweet fra- grance and five-inch blooms, or the best-sell- ing 'Peace', that rose experts consider to be nearly perfect. The big pale yellow blooms suffused with pink have a sweet, fruity scent. 'Tropicana' is a vibrant vermillion coral- orange mix with a strong scent. Cross breeding of hybrid teas has created floribunda and grandiflora types which have bouquet-like flower clusters produced in greater abundance for a more old-fashioned look. The floribundas have a lower, bushy form with good disease resistance while the grandifloras are taller (six feet) and more vig- orous. Two I like are 'Iceberg', a pure white floribunda (sometimes listed as a climber, to four feet) with repeat blooms lasting all sum- 22 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 4 the green scene "a cheerful yellow" P I X T I X 2 9 5 8 / D R E A M S T I M E . C O M 020-024_WWMb14_green scene_roses_v2_WellesleyWeston Magazine 4/24/14 12:05 PM Page 22

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