Saturday, June 01, 2002

Landscape roses present fewer thorny care issues

        Landscape roses are wonderful for covering banks and hillsides. They demand little work and are, basically, disease free.

        The first landscape rose that made the rose world sit up and take notice was “Bonica,” which grows on 4-foot plants and produces arm loads of lightly scented pale-pink flowers. It was an All-America rose selection in 1987.

“Kent” is a ground-cover rose that blooms through the summer.
        The Meidiland series (pronounced may-d-land) from the French House of Meilland (the same hybridizing house that gave us the “Peace” rose) are great landscaping roses. Five of their varieties are named only by color: pink, scarlet, red, pearl (blush pink) and alba (white).

        “Kent” is a modern, ground cover rose with a low, rounded form. In limited space it is most useful as a specimen plant or in a small grouping near the front of a shrub border.

        The plant produces large trusses of small, semi-double white flowers that bloom through summer and into fall. The blooms produce a light fragrance and look fresh and clean.

        “Kent,” hybridized by Poulsen of Denmark, has won 15 awards worldwide.

        Other Poulsen landscape roses available (field grown, on their own roots) include:

    • Margaret's Garden, Findlay Market, Over-the-Rhine.
    • Mail order: Arena Roses, Paso Robles, CA., (888) 466-7434.
   • If planting a container rose, first water the container thoroughly.
    • Gently tip the root mass out of the container and place in predug hole that is 50 percent larger than the container.
    • Fill in around the root mass with humus and compost. Water slowly and thoroughly.
        • “Monticello” — warm pink blooms brushed with yellow at the base. Lovely semi-double flowers.

        • “Mystic” — clouds of cool pink, semi-double flowers on a compact shrub.

        • “Nashville” — semi-double blooms of soft pink stripes on red petals.

        • :“Martha's Vineyard” — deep pink, slightly cupped blooms on a vigorous plant.

        • “Manhattan” — bright red flowers against shiny green foliage.
        Contact Tim Morehouse by Web site:; mail: c/o Cincinnati Enquirer. (If writing, enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope.)

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