Disease Resistant Roses

Choose rose varieties that are strong and resilient

Roses are the ultimate flower for beauty. Whether you prefer hybrid tea roses, a shrub rose, a floribunda or a groundcover rose, they are all beautiful and deserve a place in your garden. Unfortunately, roses have had a reputation for being very high maintenance plants that are best left to gardening experts to grow. Many gardeners, from beginners to masters, have been intimidated out of growing roses at one time or another. The reason for this negative attitude about roses is often related to fungal diseases like black spot and powdery mildew that some roses are susceptible to.

The good news is that rose plant breeders have spent years putting a great deal of effort into developing roses with great resistance to these problems. This means that today there are lots of great disease-resistant roses to choose from.

Here at Jackson & Perkins, we’ve made it easy for the gardener. We have a huge selection of disease-resistant roses for sale. While this collection of roses has been chosen primarily for their disease resistance, each one is more beautiful than the next. Plus, starting with a disease-resistant rose bush helps you eliminate problems before they start.

Other preventative steps you can take to prevent disease from damaging your roses is to make sure you plant your roses in full sun. The rose plants can tolerate some shade but that will open the door for fungal disease. Water the ground — not the leaves. Keep the foliage as dry as possible when watering. Space your roses to allow good air circulation. With all the beautiful roses to choose from, it is difficult not to try to fit one more rose bush into the space you have. Either expand the size of your garden or place that extra rose in a different location where it can be less crowded.

This will make the maintenance of your rose plants much easier and less time-consuming. With all the varieties available and the great disease-resistant roses, every gardener should include roses in their gardens — even the novice gardener.