Rust free rose recommendations
Rust is thriving this year in Livermore, at least in my garden. Unfortunately the weather forecast predicts cool temperatures for the next 10 days. I've never before wished for hot weather. Following advise found on this forum and the rose forum, I've pruned and removed the leaves from my hardest hit roses and removed infected leaves from other roses.
The five most infected roses were Kisme, Archduke Charles, Lilac Charm, Valentine, and Dame de Coeur. Valentine and Dame de Coeur were just recently purchased. All have what I consider to be good locations - 6+ hours of sun and adequate room. Many of my other floribundas and hybrid teas have some rust appearing on the bottom of the bushes. The Austins (Prospero, Evelyn, Falstaff, The Mayflower, Mary Rose,Pretty Jessica) appear to be rust free along with the teas (Monsieur Tillier, Maman Cochet, Niles Cochet, Madame Antoine Mari), and chinas (Hermosa,Comtesse du Cayla) with the exception of Archduke Charles. The found roses (Grandmother's Hat, Maggie, Benny Lopez) are also rust free. Time will tell if these roses stay rust free.
As I think about SPing the major culprits, do you have any recommendations for rust free replacements? It would also be wonderful if they wouldn't succumb to powdery mildew too, as this is also an issue in the spring.
In a previous thread I saw that rosecorgis had rust problems with Valentine in 2010. How is the rose doing this year?
Thanks so much for your help and advice,