Archive | January 8, 2011

Rose Varieties for New England States

“Dear Sir, I’d like to know what roses I should grow in Massachusetts.  I expect a response today! ~A.”


Never fear, you will have your response today.  Just don’t assume that a “Sir” is sending it to you!

I recommend that you consider the following types of roses:

  • Species or Wild Roses: look for these roses listed by their Latin name, i.e. R. glauca
  • Old Garden Roses: Alba, Bourbon, Damask, Gallica, Hybrid Perpetual. (Roses in this category are types that existed before 1867.)
  • Modern Roses: Rugosa, Musk, David Austin English Roses (Roses in this category were introduced after 1867.)

The only other thing is to remember that you want to select roses that will do well at Zone 5 or below.




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