Roses Made Easy
Ping Lim, rose breeder for Bailey Nurseries, does much of his work in Oregon for the Saint Paul-based company but tests his roses in Minnesota so they earn their Zone 4 ratings:
-- Mystic Fairy reaches 3 feet tall in clusters of red blooms with pink tones. Mystic Fairy is sterile, meaning the plant sends no signal to set seeds and stop flowering. The result: No deadheading is needed.
-- Little Mischief is gaining a reputation as a deer-resistant rose, thanks to thorns that curve backward instead of upward. Its 2-foot size fits well in containers as well as in the ground. Small hot-pink flowers rebloom continuously, and disease-resistant foliage stays clean.
-- Sunrise Sunset wins high marks not only in the Midwest, but nationwide. Growing with a loose habit 3 feet tall and wide, it looks best planted in groups of three. The range of pink colors in the petals provides the name.
Pictured: Sunrise Sunset