Modern Blush shrub rose at Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.
There have been volumes written on how to grow roses, but for most home gardeners the rules are pretty simple: Choose the right plants for your soil and climate; keep them watered and fed adequately; give them enough air circulation and pruning to stay healthy; watch for pests and enjoy the beauty and fragrance of America’s favorite flower.
Choose the right roses and the right spot. You can grow hybrid tea roses and other more delicate roses in Minnesota, but you will have to provide winter cover and a bit of fussing. If you do not want to do that, choose one of the many shrub, climbing, rugosa or old-fashioned roses recommended for northern climates. The University of Minnesota has done rose breeding over the years, and their Northern Accent roses—Sven, Ole and Lena—are pretty and hardy. The Northern Earth-Kind Rose Project is developing a list of great roses for our area, too. If you aren’t sure what you want, ask your local nursery or garden center owner: they usually know which plants do well in our area.
‘Bridal Pink’ rose