Roses for the North
If you're tired of covering roses in winter, then visit two Web sites developed by the University of Minnesota Extension Service, Roses for the North and Selecting Roses for Northern Climates. Although we have warmer winter temperatures, our region lacks the snow cover of Minnesota, so their recommendations can be useful for us. The sites also present information about disease resistance.
To learn more about hardy roses, read Lois Hole's Rose Favorites (Lone Pine Publishing, 1997; $15.95). Written by an owner of one of the largest greenhouse and garden centers in Alberta, Canada, you'll find complete descriptions of the best roses that can survive cold winters without protection, plus information about her favorite, more tender roses in a separate chapter. Each of the 148 entries includes color photos plus information about the variety's color, form, scent, ARS rating, height and spread, as well as detailed facts and tips about the rose. There also are chapters with general rose-growing information.