CO Sustainable Roses

These are roses we believe should be sustainable in Colorado, given adequate care.

“Broadway Perpetual”

“Petite Rouge”

“The Yarmouth Rambler”

Abraham Darby

Alba Semi-Plena

Alba Suaveolens

Annie of Tharau

Applejack

Austrian Copper

Awakening

Banshee (High Country Banshee)

Baronne Prevost

Belle de Crecy

Bonica

Burgundian Rose

Cardinal de Richelieu

Carefree Beauty

Carefree Delight

Champlain

Chloris

Cl. American Beauty

Cl. Iceberg

Cliffs of Dover

Complicata

Constance Spry

Cramoisi Picotee

Darlow’s Enigma

Dart’s Dash

Desiree Parmentier

Dortmund

Eddie’s Jewel

Eglantyne

Europeana

Fairmount Proserpine

Fairmount Red

Fantin-Latour

Father Hugo

Felicite Parmentier

Francis E. Lester

Frontenac

Fru Dagmar Hastrup

Fruhlingsgold

Gertrude Jekyll

Golden Celebration

Golden Wings

Harison’s Yellow

Henri Martin

Henry Kelsey

Hope for Humanity

Ispahan

J. P. Connell

Jeanne La Joie

John Cabot

John Davis

Jude the Obscure

Kakwa

Kazanlik

Knock Out

Konigen Von Danemark

Lady Penzance

Lawrence Johnston

Lillian Gibson

Linda Campbell

Louise Odier

Madame Hardy

Madame Plantier

Maiden’s Blush

Maigold

Marchesa Boccella

Margo Koster

Mary Rose

Metis

Morden Blush

Morden Centennial

Morden Snowbeauty

Morden Sunrise

Nearly Wild

New Dawn

Nuits de Young

Paul’s Himalayan Musk

Persian Yellow

Pink Meidiland

Pink Peace

Pompom Blanc Parfait

Prairie Joy

Quadra

Red Cascade

Reine des Violettes

Robusta

Rosa Arvensis

Rosa Eglanteria

Rosa Glauca

Rosa Pulverulenta

Rosa Setigera

Rosa Spinosissima

Rosa Woodsii

Rose de Rescht

Scharlachglut

Seafoam

Sharifa Asma

Sleeping Beauty

Stanwell Perpetual

Sweet Chariot

Sydonie

The Alexandra Rose

The Fairy

The Yarmouth Rambler

Theresa Bugnet

Tuscany Superb

Victorian Memory

White Pet

William Baffin

William Lobb

Windrush

Winnipeg Parks

Zephirine Drouhin

Sustainable Roses are:

  1. Long-lived
  2. Disease-resistant
  3. Strong and tolerant of adverse (Colorado) conditions
  4. Cold hardy to at least zone 5 and preferably zone 4 or zone 3.
  5. Own-root (not grafted)
  6. Good performers with minimal inputs

Maintenance and Care of Sustainable Roses:

  1. Water once a week if needed, or twice a week during peak bloom or in severe heat and/or drought
  2. Fertilize twice (or 3 times) a year with a good organic fertilizer
  3. Mulch 3—4″ deep to suppress weeds, to retain moisture and support soil microorganisms.
  4. Prune out dead and diseased canes, thin if canes are too dense, and compact canes that are too long or in the way of paths or entries.
  5. Winter protection can be helpful the first winter or two. Pile soil or half compost, half sand over the canes 6—2″ deep, with a coarse mulch over that.
  6. Pest management should be mostly selecting the right plants and keeping them strong and healthy. Spray rarely if needed.
  7. If a rose gets diseases every year, needs frequent fertilizations, often has bug problems or performs poorly, shovel prune it and replace it.