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Dear Plant Doctor: I love roses
and would like to include them in
my flower garden. I have visited
several botanical gardens to view
rose varieties and have discussed
roses with several experienced gar
deners, but get conflicting and con
fusing information. I am very con
scious about pesticide use and do
not want to spray every week in or
der to have a few blossoms.
Should 1 include roses in my gar
den and if so, what arc some vari
eties that would be suitable for the
coastal plains of North Carolina?
Answer: Roses (Rosa sp) are
among the most sought-after and
prized flowering woody garden
plant in the world. The Rose family,
Rosaccae, contains numerous eco
nomically important plants in addi
tion to the flowering rose which
most gardeners arc so familiar.
Robert Frost best expressed the
great diversity of this plant family in
the poem "The Rose Family":
The rose is a rose.
And was always a rose.
But the theory now goes
That the apple's a rose.
And the pear is, and so's
The plum, I suppose.
The dear only knows
What will next prove a rose.
You, of course, are a rose
But were always a rose.
In addition to those plants men
tioned in the poem, the strawberry,
cherry, peach, blackberry, raspberry
and apricot arc members of the Rose
The Hybrid Teas, Grandifloras,
Floribundas and climbing roses are
the most common of the flowering
roses to gardeners. Hybrid Teas are
the most popular garden roses. They
result from interbreeding hybrid per
petual with tea roses cultivars.
Hybrid tea roses are typically char
acterized as bush form with large
flowers, borne singly or in small
clusters on a stem. Hybrid tea plants
are quite hardy across North Caro
lina, and bloom throughout the sum
mer and fall.
Floribunda roses result from
crossing Polyantha with hybrid tea
roses. These rose cultivars usually
have smaller flowers than the hybrid
teas but produce more flowers on
Grandiflora roses originated from
hybridizing hybrid tea and Flori
Regardless of the confusing ori
gins of these rose types, most will
do fine in North Carolina if cultural
practices and pest control are opti
Several years ago, Kim Powell,
NCSU horticulture specialist, wrote
an excellent publication that covers
proper garden cultural practice and
lists rose cultivars that have proven
best for North Carolina conditions.
Contact your local N.C. Cooperative
Extension office and request a free
copy of the Horticulture Information
Leaflet No. 641 or send me a SASE.
My favorite garden roses are the
older varieties. Heritage or antique
rose varieties are often just as beau
tiful but are generally more pest
and discasc-lolcrant than the newer
For the environmentally sensitive
gardener, heritage roses offer the
best of both worlds. Most of these
older cultivars can be easily propa
gated by rooted cuttings and will tol
erate nature's extremes in weather.
Hundreds of cultivars will do fine
in this area; your garden space will
be the major limiting factor. 1 have a
friend in Raleigh who claims to have
over 200 cultivars of heritage rose in
For a list of nurseries that carry
heritage rose cultivars, send your re
quest and a SASE to the Heritage
Rose Foundation, 1512 Gorman
Street, Raleigh, N.C. 27606.
Good luck with that garden!
Send your gardening questions
and comments to The Plant Doctor,
P.O. Box 109, Bolivia. N.C. 28422.
The N.C. Historic Preservation
Office invites interested Brunswick
Countians to review and comment
on the state's first comprehensive
plan for historic preservation.
A public hearing for this region
will be held tonight (Thursday) in
Wilmington. The meeting will take
place in the council chambers of
Thalian Hall, 100 N. Third St., from
The plan will determine how the
state will identify, protect and en
hance its historic resources and ar
chaeological sites. The state agency
staff will present the draft plan at the
Public comments will be incorpo
rated into the plan, which is schtxl
uled for publication this fall.
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