Contrary Marys is EXCITED to announce that we are now offering super-hardy, disease-resistant, absolutely GORGEOUS roses!! As you all probably know, I do not generally agree with using chemicals on ornamental plants & if they are so picky and chemically-dependent, they have no place in Contrary Marys garden. There are certainly enough natives and tough hybrids/cultivars to choose from so that we shouldnt have to make our gardens toxic and unfriendly to the rest of the creatures that share our green domain! Anyway, with that being said, I love roses but was unwilling to compromise on my drug-free stand—now I dont have to!
The we have a selection of very hardy (at least to zone 5), own root roses that have high disease resistance (although not immunity). Many of them are also very wildlife friendly because they develop beautiful, nutritious rose hips in the fall. If you are looking for a specific rose, please give us a call (815-521-9353) before you come so we can check our stock!
A great resource that rates roses is the American Rose Society. They put out a yearly rose-rating guide called Handbook for Selecting Roses in which members of the Rose Society are invited to participate in a review of the new rose introductions. They are evaluated for three consecutive years and assigned from the following scoring system:
Some of the roses which we are offering have not yet been rated because they are so new, but I have confidence they will achieve a high score! We are also planting the majority of them in our display beds so that you can judge for yourself their worthiness! Just remember, roses dont always look perfect & the weather is a deciding factor on a lot of cosmetic diseases or pests, so sometimes you just have to be patient!
Also, a couple of more tips:
The above are just general guidelines—I would recommend joining the American Rose Society or a local rose club if you want the advice of real experts in this area!