The rose is the one flower that everyone loves. Its striking colors and sweet fragrance mark it out as the one essential plant for every garden. Of course there are many different types of roses so choosing which to buy can be tricky unless you know what you are doing. Here is where Noelle Johnson can help you. I found her article on the Houzz website in which she points out that winter is a good time to plan your purchase of bare-root roses.

Our love affair with roses often begins as young children, when we discover their lovely fragrance and how the gift of a single rose brings joy to the receiver. Watching the tightly wrapped petals of a rosebud slowly unfurl is always a pleasure to behold. Roses are unrivaled in the beauty that they add to our outdoor spaces and the happiness they bring to others.
While most people are familiar with the iconic hybrid tea and floribunda roses, there?s an ever-increasing variety of types available, including newer shrub roses, low-maintenance ground cover roses and the re-emergence of species, or wild, roses. Old garden roses are also enjoying renewed popularity with their highly fragrant blossoms and disease resistance. Whether your garden space is large or small, there?s a rose just right for you.
Winter is a great time to start deciding what type of rose to add to your garden, as bare-root roses started appearing in nurseries in late December for those who live in USDA zones 8 to 10 (find your zone) and will show up in early spring in colder zones.
When beginning your search for the perfect rose for your garden, ask yourself what?s most important to you: masses of smaller blooms or fewer large blossoms? Maybe you are tight on space or are looking for a rose that needs little upkeep? There are many smaller, low-maintenance types of roses to fit the bill. Is a rose that?s highly fragrant essential on your wish list? Old garden roses are well-known for their fragrance as are certain modern roses.
The American Rose Society recognizes more than 35 classes of roses, and we?ll take a look at several popular ones.
There are three groups of roses: old garden, modern and species. The majority of roses are hardy to zones 4 and above, with some exceptions.
Old Garden Roses
This historic group is made up of several classes, including alba, Bourbon, centifolia, China, damask, Gallica, hybrid perpetual and noisette ? many dating from the late 1700s, when roses were brought to Europe from China. This group of roses includes the predecessors of modern classes of roses, such as hybrid tea, floribunda and modern shrub roses.
The fragrance of old garden roses is unmatched, and they possess old-fashioned form and beauty. Extremely vigorous compared with many of today?s modern roses, they?re also more resistant to fungal diseases, such as black spot, making them a great choice for those who want more of a low-maintenance rose.
Many old garden roses bloom once a year in spring to early summer, although some repeat blooming throughout the growing season.
The growth habit of old garden roses makes them perfect for use as hedges or large shrubs, or they can be allowed to climb up walls, a pergola or arch. Pastel colors of cream, pink and peach are largely favored by this group of roses.

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