A List of Disease Resistant Roses That Are Easy to Grow

Jacki Kellum Garden May 2019

In my Zone 7, Ozark Mountain Garden, My Gene Boerner Rose Bloomed 1 Month After I Planted It As A Bare Root Rose. It was my first rose to bloom this year. Gene Boerner is a prolific bloomer, and it is highly resistant to diseases. For many years, I have not planted any roses that are not disease-resistant. Following is a list of my favorites among those roses that I consider to be easy to grow.

Gener Boerner Rose is a beautiful, coral pink specimen that usually grows to be 3′ to 4′ high, but I have read that some Gene Boerners grow as high as 6′ tall.  Gene  Boerner is not a fragrant rose, but many say that otherwise, it is the perfect rose. It is a prolific bloomer, and after it is snipped and brought into the house, it holds its form. Gener Boerner is disease resistant and relatively easy to grow.

Miracle on the Hudson Rose was the second rose to bloom in my garden this year. By May 15, my new Miracle on the Hudson was covered with buds that were showing dark red coloring, and the buds opened on May 18. I also started this rose bush from a bare root that I purchased at Aldi’s in March of this year. Miracle on the Hudson Rose is a smaller bush than Gene Boerner, and Miracle is more fragrant.

“Miracle on the Hudson™ features true red, semi-double flowers that are almost 4 inches across. These flowers have a pleasant and not overwhelming fragrance. The foliage emerges with hues of deep red before changing to a deep, rich, glossy green. It is the winner of the 2014 Biltmore International rose trials for ‘Most Outstanding Rose.’

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Theive Lemon buds were showing yellow on May 18.

The Fairy is a very small rose bush, and it will be the third rose to bloom in my garden in 2019.
By May 15, my Fairy bushes were covered with tiny, green buds, but the buds are not showing color yet, as of May 15. Because of its natural simplicity, the Fairy Rose is a sweet little accent for cottage gardens. Because it is also shade tolerant, it is a dream for my garden. Because it is disease-resistant, it should be one of the first of considerations for many gardens.

“For many, many months on end, this shrub churns out long canes nearly overwhelmed by their bounty of 1½-inch, bubblegum-pink blooms that offer a light apple fragrance! A single spray is a bouquet for which you’ll need a rather large vase! Minimal pruning and deadheading can increase flowering. And the disease-resistant, glossy, dark green foliage stays lovely even when not adorned with blossoms. Ideal in the perennial border, in front of shrubs, erupting into color along the foundation, or the focal point of a patio garden, ‘The Fairy’ is an everblooming wonder!

On May 18, my new Zepherine Drouhin roses had not showed their very first buds. I bought my Zepherine Drouhin roses as bare root plants at Aldi’s in March, and I planted them in April. At this point, my Zepherines have grown about 3′ taller, but they have not set any buds yet. I love Zepherine because it blooms fairly well in light shade, and it is almost totally thornless.