Take a look at www.vintagegardens.com and they have superior information about
all manner of roses. Take their information and buy your roses locally. Where
in upstate NY are you talking about?
The biggest issue you will have will be hardiness. Most roses in your zone
require extensive winter protection to be able to survive, much less bloom.
Since this is rental property, I'm sure you don't want anything that needs
too much fussing with either. http://www.springvalleyroses.com/ is a nursery
in a similar climate that will have good recomendations on hardiness.
William Baffin is the standard recommended variety for ease of care and
winter hardiness, but like any climbing rose, it will need to be trained to
it's support structure. Will you be close enough to be able to do this, (a
monthly task once the rose starts to achieve some size) or will your tenants
be able to learn enough to take care of it? No property maintainence
personnel will be able to do it, that's for sure. They're pretty much
limited to mow and blow guys who do a really good job of killing roses and
While I love Vintage Gardens and have ordered tons of roses from them, they
ARE in California and have not got a clue about hardiness issues with any of
their varieties and will make no recommendations about the issue..
That is a good site Sunflower! You reminded me of another. This
nursery specializes in hardy cold weather roses, and can give you
sound advise as well, these ladies run a great nursery and are fun to
talk to, and eager to help you make the right choices. Their website
On Thu, 22 Jan 2004 15:53:24 GMT, "Sunflower"
You will want a climbing rose with flexible canes for a rose arbor.
Especially if it is squared at the top. I would visit your local rose
gardens and see what they have growing, and take note of what you
like. What rose does well in one place, may do poorly in another
place. If you go to the www.ars.org website, they will have a list of
consulting rosarians from your area with their email addresses.
Contact one of them for suggestions as well.
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