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Roses for Mom on Mother’s Day

Roses for Mom on Mother’s Day make an easy gift and will bring a smile to any mom when the flowers first bloom.  Shrub Roses are the hardiest and have fewer problems than hybrid tea or climbing roses.  Roses that are grown on their own roots without a graft are classified as shrub roses.  A plant without a graft will be able to survive a typical winter in Waukesha County.  I have listed several here that will give many years of color – and some even have an enchanting fragrance.

FrontenacFlwrHere is a short list of common shrub roses:

  • ‘Mini’ Shrub Roses can be found at many floral departments of your local grocer. Check the growing zone to make sure they are hardy for our Zone 4 (The lower the number, the colder the zone).  Many Mini Roses need to be planted at the front of the planting bed due to their 12-18” height.  Good soil and regular water will be all you need. If you start to see insect bites on the leaves spray, with an Insecticidal Soap once a week.
  • ‘Chuckles’ Shrub Roses provide a continuous bloom of single petal deep rose flowers. This shrub rose grows about 30” high and 36” wide.  The leaves have a dark green color and resist black spot.
  • ‘Frontenac’ Shrub Rose have a multi petal flower and have a slight pleasant fragrance. They grow to about 36” tall and wide.  They can have insect problems, but have few black spot problems on the leaves.  They produce a large quantity of flowers throughout the summer months.
  • ‘Knockout’ Series shrub roses continue to expand the colors and varieties. A ‘Double’ Knockout shrub rose has double petals in its flower.  This rose is generally hardy for our climate and grows to around 36” high and wide with few disease or pest problems.
  • ‘Nearly Wild’ shrub roses have bright pink flowers that bloom throughout the summer. This rose grows to about 30” high and wide and has few problems.  It is a great smaller rose if you like the flower color.
  • ‘Wildberry Breeze’ shrub rose has a rosy-purple single petal flower with a slight fragrance. It is a ‘rugosa’ style rose and will grow to about 48” tall and wide, has great disease resistance, few insect problems and flowers throughout the summer.  It grows well in the Milwaukee area and many times I have to cut it back to keep it from overgrowing its space.

NearlyWildShrubTips for planting shrub roses:

All roses prefer to be planted in full sun.  Mix a bag of compost with the existing soil when you dig the hole.  If your soil is rocky or has heavy clay, you might want to remove some of the soil and replace it with a garden soil mix.  Bayer Manufacturing makes a granular mix of fertilizer and insecticide that can be applied around the base of the plant during the spring and early summer every 10-14 days.

If Japanese Beatles become a problem, remove them by hand and drop them into a bucket of soapy water.  Insecticide sprays can also be used when the bugs get real bad.

Most shrub roses do not require a covering in winter.   If your site requires winter protection, cover with a chopped leaf and compost mix.  Most of the shrub type roses are hardy for the Lake Country area.  The main thing to remember with shrub roses is to give them a regular watering when things get dry. If you keep them actively growing, you will get more flowers.

This is a Mother’s Day gift that will keep on giving long after that special day in May.

For more information on taking care of your shrub roses long after they’ve been planted, watch this quick video below. Watch to learn the proper pruning technique for all of your favorite shrub roses.


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