Magazine article Sunset

Roses for Hedges, Edges, Ground Covers

Magazine article Sunset

Roses for Hedges, Edges, Ground Covers

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Many roses are good landscape plants. For years, Westerners have used prolific floribundas such as 'Iceberg', 'Sarabande', and 'Simplicity' as spectacularly colorful border or hedge plants. Polyanthas and miniatures ('China Doll', 'Holy Toledo', 'The Fairy') are ideal for low edgings. And many old shrub roses are

effective as barriers and ground covers.

But only in the last year or two have major nurseries introduced new varieties bred specifically for landscape use. Most notable are the Florascape roses from Jackson & Perkins in Oregon and the Meidiland series from Conard-Pyle in Pennsylvania. As a group, these landscape roses represent one of the largest influxes in years of new varieties into nurseries, garden centers, and mail-order catalogs. To introduce you to these roses and help you select those that best meet your landscape needs, we put together a chart of 19 of the most widely available varieties.

How to use roses in the landscape? It depends on plant size, growth habit

These roses divide into three basic groups. …

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