Roses Made Easy
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Tom Carruth of Weeks Roses, headquartered in Wasco, California, bred these three roses, all hardy to Zone 4 with winter protection:
-- Home Run gets its black spot resistance from its father, Knock Out, and Tom says it has better powdery mildew resistance. It's also smaller, growing in a 2 1/2- to 3 1/2-foot-tall ball. Bright red, single-petal flowers grow mainly at the top of the plant. It reblooms about every 30 days.
-- Be-Bop, at 3 feet tall and 3 1/2 feet wide with 15 to 30 flowers per cluster, may lose 15 to 20 percent of its foliage to disease, but Tom says it's worth it for the cherry-red single petals and bright yellow centers.
-- Valentine's Day, a hot-red miniature climber, reaches 5 to 6 feet, perfect for trellises or containers. Two-inch double-petal flowers grow in large clusters.
Pictured: Home Run