Roses Made Easy
Our Test Garden recommends
Low-maintenance roses star in the Better Homes and Gardens Test Garden® in Des Moines, a plot Midwest Living® shares with our sister magazine. Manager Sandra Gerdes likes these three roses:
-- Lady Elsie May has clean green foliage and a long bloom season. It's a Zone 5 coral-pink shrub rose that reaches 3 feet tall and 2 feet wide.
-- 'Earth Song' (Zone 5) is among the roses bred by the late Iowa State University professor Griffith Buck. Deep-pink, 4-inch multipetal flowers dot the 5-foot-tall shrub. "It's still pushing out blooms in mid-October," Sandra says.
-- Carefree Sunshine, a 4-foot yellow shrub rose bred by Bill Radler, has "super clean" foliage, Sandra says. Hardy to Zone 4 with winter protection, it has semidouble petals that fade only when ready to drop off the plant.
Pictured: Carefree Sunshine